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Moody County: Culture and Charm


PIERRE, S.D. – Explore one of South Dakota’s easternmost counties, home to Colman, Egan, Flandreau, Lone Tree, Trent and Ward. Moody County was named in honor of Gideon Curtis Moody, who was the first U.S. Senator from South Dakota.

Moody County is also home to the Flandreau Santee Sioux Indian tribe, which provides visitors with ample opportunity for cultural experiences like the Santee Sioux Wacipi. Visitors to this event can experience 200 dancers, drumming competitors, vendors and Native American food. The annual event will be held July 20-22, 2007.

Flandreau visitors can also check out Flandreau Riverside Park Days, where various organizations provide food, crafts and game booths. The event is complete with a softball tournament, entertainment, kid’s games and a quilt show. Located at the Flandreau City Park, camping is also available. The event takes place August 4-5, 2007.

If you venture to Colman, the annual Looney Days celebration is sure to provide entertainment. The city-wide celebration features the Miss Colman Pageant, a pie bake-off, parade, pork loin feed, library book fair, bingo, a kid’s carnival and a tractor pull. Looney Days takes place August 11-12, 2007.

Trent is located along the Big Sioux River, where the outdoor enthusiast can enjoy fishing for popular species like smallmouth bass, walleye and catfish. Moody County’s agricultural fields and set-aside acres place it in South Dakota’s prime pheasant-hunting range. Hunters will easily find whitetail deer among the crops of corn, oats and wheat.

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 Jennifer Anderson, public relations intern for the Office of Tourism.


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