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Homesteader Day Harvest Festival


PIERRE, S.D. – Experience a taste of the homesteading life at the Homesteader Day Harvest Festival, Sept. 7, 1-4 p.m. at the Beaver Creek Nature Area. 
“This festival attracts thousands of visitors of all ages who are interested in the homesteading life and living history,” said Marty DeWitt, Palisades District Park Supervisor.

Now in its 30th year, the festival will feature civil war reenactors, pioneer crafts, Dutch oven cooking, old-time farming demonstrations and much more. In addition to the activities of the festival, visitors can experience the beauty of Beaver Creek Nature Area by enjoying the variety of birds, tree specimens, and the 1.5 miles of walking trails available. 
Homesteader Day Harvest Festival is a free event and a great opportunity to take a walk through South Dakota’s past. Beaver Creek Nature Area is located southeast of Brandon, just one half mile west of the intersection of 484th Avenue and 264th Street. For additional information, contact Palisades State Park at (605) 594-3824 or visit
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The In Your Own Backyard series is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 Initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.