Main Street Square ready for fall-time festivities

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Fall is in full effect, and Main Street Square is getting festive. Summer at the square was a success, and from the looks of it, the holidays will be no different.

To kick off the fall season, Main Street Square will be holding it’s Great Pumpkin Festival over the weekend. The event is one of the biggest for the downtown area, but will look a bit different this year due to COVID-19 concerns. 

“We’re gonna be down some vendors, particularly some of the trinkets and crafts, but we have a lot of food vendors,” said Domico Rodriguez, the Executive Director for Main Street Square. “We’ll still have some things to offer, but yes, you’re right. The Pumpkin Chunkin did get canceled.”

In lieu of the event, Main Street Square staff created a pumpkin slingshot for attendees. As for the rest of the fall schedule, organizers say it will be no different than previous years.

The ice rink will still be installed in mid-October, and holiday events are still expected to go on as usual. Despite the success the square has had, the upcoming Beirbörse Festival has been canceled.

“The thing is, is when you have all of these entities taking part in these events, not everyone’s comfortable with going out and being in close confined areas with a lot of different people,” said Rodriguez. “So, you know, we take each event and look at it individually.”

Events at Main Street Square benefit the community and local business, and the plan is to continue that through the holidays.

“We’re still gonna do a lot of different things down here, and quite honestly we need to do that for our downtown businesses,” added Rodriguez. “We know that Main Street Square is kinda the heartbeat of Rapid City, and we’re here to try and help our businesses get through some of these tough times.”

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