South Dakota’s Adams Homestead to Host Annual Celebration

Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve
Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve

South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

PIERRE, S.D. -( Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve is celebrating 20 years as a state park with its annual festival on Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Activities are scheduled throughout the day including a threshing machine demo, corn shelling, candle making, tin punching, homestead tours, rope making, musicians, watermelon seed spitting contest, buffalo chip throwing contest, Dutch oven cooking demonstration, kids games, homemade pie contest and more.

Those interested in participating in the homemade pie judging contest must deliver their pies to Adams Homestead by 10:30 a.m. CDT. Judging begins at 11:30 a.m. CDT. Pies will be judged by their appearance, texture and taste.

At 11 a.m., the new Cottonwood Playground will be dedicated. The playground was funded through private donations and a matching grant from the Wellmark Foundation.

“We would like to thank all of the individuals, businesses and foundations who have donated to the Cottonwood Playground,” said park manager, Jody Moats. “We appreciate your generosity and support and are very excited about this addition to the park. I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the playground and be part of the 20-year anniversary celebration.”

Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve is located off Interstate 29 Exit 4, one mile west, and a half mile south. Follow the brown nature area signs from the interstate.

For more information, call 605.232.0873.