SPICY TIME: annual Jolly Lane Greenhouse annual Chili Pepper Festival concludes Sunday

Members of the community can come in to pack their freezers full of chili peppers and get other produce from a farmers market to support local growers.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — It was a spicy time out at Jolly Lane Greenhouse in Rapid City where it held its 16th annual Chili Pepper Festival.

It started out as a one day event that grew to a three day get-together over the years.

Members of the community can come in to pack their freezers full of chili peppers and get other produce from a farmers market to support local growers.

The idea came after one of the owners of Jolly Lane, Tim Sime, thought of bringing it to the area as a fun get together in the fall.

“Roasted chili peppers hadn’t been something that I’ve seen done in Rapid City before in Colorado market and further south, of course, so I just thought nothing ventured nothing gained and I was pretty successful that year and it’s obviously grown a lot over the last 16 years, but become a a pretty major fall event for us and a lot of fun,” Sime said.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. The Chili Pepper Festival, which is one of Jolly Lane’s last big events before winter, also has food trucks and drink options.

Patrons can enjoy local brews and plan for their future garden as things wind down in the gardening season.

“(Our) Garden bar is open,” Sime said. “We serve a lot of local craft brews and South Dakota wines, and so it’s just kind of an event you can come and relax and we’re going to have live music all afternoon free, no admission. Just come, enjoy eat some food. Maybe have a beer or wine and enjoy some music.

You can still stop by Jolly Lane on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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