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Grant County: Entertaining Festivities


PIERRE, S.D. – Named after Ulysses S. Grant, President and Civil War general, Grant County rests in the northeastern corner of the state. Visit the communities of Milbank, Big Stone City, Revillo, Stockholm, LaBolt, Strandburg, Marvin, Troy, Albee and Twin Brooks to discover what the county has to offer.

Join the residents of Milbank in celebrating the role played by the railroad industry in the development of the community. The Milbank Arts and Train Festival, held in August, includes a wide variety of arts, crafts and food vendors, a rodeo, train activities, antique tractor and model train displays, kids tractor pull, Gesswein Car Show, Car Burnout and more. This entertaining festival draws thousands of visitors each year.

The Whetsone Valley attracts sportsmen from near and far for some of the finest waterfowl and game hunting around. Big Stone Lake provides great fishing action and water recreation.

The peaceful rural surroundings of Grant County are also home to Blue Cloud Abbey, a community of Benedictine Monks. The first monks moved to Marvin in the early 1950s and lived in a small farm house on newly acquired land. Over the years, the monks constructed the present day monastery.

Blue Cloud Abbey was originally established as a home for the monks working with Native Americans in the Dakotas. The first monks opened missions and schools on four reservations.

The Uniquely South Dakota series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique aspects and attractions in each of South Dakota’s 66 counties. This profile was researched and compiled by Shayla Waugh, public relations intern for the Office of Tourism.


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