Elks Lodge celebrates Independence Day with the public once more

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Not even the possibility of rain and thunderstorms could deter residents from enjoying an evening of food and fun at the Elks Lodge in Rapid City.

People In Attendance At The EventFor decades, organizers at the lodge have been putting the event on for the community to gather and celebrate. And this year marked a special occasion for the lodge and attendees.

“We have had this event for a number of years, with a two-year absence due to COVID,” Board Chairman for the Elks Lodge Doug Hamilton said. “So we are pretty happy to be able to sponsor this event again.”

A kid’s fishing derby kicked off the event at 5:00 p.m., one of the many activities families and residents took part in while waiting for the fireworks show.

Volunteers were serving up classic holiday fare like hot dogs and cheese burgers. And for anyone with a sweet tooth, snow cones and even fresh cotton candy were also available.

Hay rides were also an option, with riders enjoying a trip through the golf course — the big highlight of the ride being the part where passengers caught a glimpse of the setup for the fireworks.

And with attendees having a great time, the sight was not lost on organizers.

“It is just one of the great things that we like to do for the community,” Former Chairman for the Lodge Alan Sarver said. “The kids get a big kick out of it with all of the things we have going on. And we are for the kids, and that is one of our big deals for the Elks Lodge is helping boy scouts, kids of all different kinds of situations like that”

“We are really happy to have all of the people back,” Hamilton added. “It was kind of a sad situation not to have interaction with all of the families in the area. So yeah, we are really happy to have this event back.”

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