The 45th annual West Boulevard Summer Festival scheduled for this weekend
“So I have artists from all over South Dakota, Wyoming, North Dakota. We even have somebody coming from Hawaii up to the festivals. A lot of artists from anything jewelry, potholder, ceramics, paintings, all kinds of stuff like that,” Sharissa Hermanson, West Boulevard Summer Festival Director, said.
Even with about 70 vendors committed already, there could be more as people continue to ask Hermanson if they can still rent a booth.
The artists vary in medias from jewelry to chainsaw-wooden sculptures, and vendors like Ugly Graffiti and Casey’s Backyard Barbecue are some of the food options available for anyone wanting to experience the festival.
The festival will have activities for kids to enjoy like face painting, bouncy castles and crafts with the Dakota Artists Guild. There’s also an entertainment lineup including Suzuki Strings Group, Black Hills in Motion Cloggers, Prima School of Dancing and more.
With a bright forecast for the weekend, Hermanson is expecting anywhere between 5,000 and 10,000 people for the weekend.
“I mean it’s been a rocky couple of years,” Hermanson explained. “We had the construction on Mount Rushmore Road and then I think it rained the next year. Then, I had it for one year and then COVID happened and then we had it after the COVID year. So, it’s just going to be the 45th this year, but people are really excited about it.”
All the money from the festival goes toward the West Boulevard Neighborhood Association (WBNA) to fund other events they hold, newsletters and various donations to the community for things like historic preservation.
There will be gift baskets filled with prizes from local businesses. One ticket is $5, three tickets are $10 and the drawing will be at 4 p.m., Sunday.
For more information and to see the full entertainment schedule, you can visit West Boulevard Neighborhood Association’s website here.