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Walworth County: Small-Town Fun


PIERRE, S.D. – Located in the north central portion of South Dakota, Walworth County is home to the communities of Akaska, Glenham, Java, Lowry, Mobridge and Selby. The county is named after Walworth County, Wisconsin.

Annual events such as the Mobridge Parade of Lights bring community members out to enjoy the display of lighted floats along Main Street. Be sure to stick around for treats and watch the tree lighting in the city park. This event takes places November 23, 2007.

In neighboring Selby check out the annual Selby Area Rodeo. Here spectators are treated to calf roping, senior and ladies breakaway roping, team roping, goat tying, barrel racing, bull riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling and kids events. Held at the rodeo arena, this event takes place in August each year.

Walworth County is bordered to the west entirely by the Missouri River, making it a great destination for fishing. Walleye, perch and smallmouth bass abound on the waters of the river’s Lake Oahe.

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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