We are getting closer to the time of our 56th WBCCI International Conven-tion/Rally in Huron, SD. The word from those “in the know” is that Splash CentralWaterpark will be opening in May 2013,so it will be waiting for us when we arrivein June!! However, when you begin wish-ing for “warm” weather, just remember later what you wished for.A number of famous people have lived in Huron and one of those was a formerVice President of the United States, Hubert Horatio Humphrey. His father owned a pharmacy in town and the building still stands with the name Humphrey DrugStore on it. The business today is run by Humphrey’s nephew, though there is no longer a pharmacy, just a gift store. When Mr. Humphrey was attending the University of Minnesota, his father had to call him home to help manage the pharmacy because of the great depression. Be sure to visit the Humphrey Drug Store in downtown Huron. Mr. Humphrey then attended the Capitol College of Pharmacy in Denver,CO and in 1933 became a registered pharmacist. After his marriage to Muriel Fay Buck in Huron in 1936, he returned to the University of Minnesota earning a B.A. degree in 1939. He received a M.A. in political science from Louisiana State University and later returned to the University of Minnesota to teach and do further graduate study. He made an unsuccessful run for mayor of Minneapolis in 1943, then returned to teaching while working other jobs at a radio station and managing an apartment building. He ran for mayor of Minneapolis again in 1945 and won, serving until 1948. He was elected to the U.S.Senate in 1948 serving as Democratic Whip from 1961 to 1964. President Lyndon B. Johnson selected Mr. Humphrey to run as his running mate in 1964 and Mr. Humphrey became the Vice President of the United States in a landslide victory. Mr. Humphrey ran for President in 1968 on the Democratic ticket losing to Richard M. Nixon by a narrow margin. He returned to teaching at the University of Minnesota and Macalester College. In 1971 he was returned to the U.S. Senate and served until 1978 when he died from cancer. His wife, Muriel, filled his Senate seat until November 1978 and did not run for the unexpired term. While you are in Huron, you can take a trip to the nearby town of De Smet,SD. De Smet is known as the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote the “Little House on the Prairie” books. De Smetis 33.9 miles east of Huron on US-14. In the winter of 1879-80, the Ingalls family resided in a railroad surveyor’s house. In 1880 Mr. Ingalls filed his homestead and in 1887 Mr. Ingalls built the house that the family would reside in. The activities open Memorial Day weekend and include such activities as covered wagon rides, 1880s school session, ponies and horses, exhibits, etc. There is something for everyone. The Ingalls Homesteadis located at 20812 Homestead Road,De Smet, SD 57231. Phone number is 800-776-3594. There are sixteen other sites around the town of De Smet that were mentioned in Laura’s books including the cemetery where Laura’s parents, three sisters and baby brother were buried. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society, 103 Olivet Ave SE, De Smet, SD 57231,phone number 605-854-3383, offers a one hour guided tour of some of these sites that were mentioned in the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. June 29, 2013, there will be stock carraces at the State Fair Speedway located in Huron. You can walk to the races, but check with the Rally Information Desk or at the Huron Tourist Bureau for more information. Huron’s 4th of July celebration will be occurring at Campbell Park at the State Fairgrounds. Activities will include a parade, barbeque, vendor fair and fireworks. Check with the Rally Information Desk for more details. Other towns within an hour to an hour and a half distance will be having celebrations as well. Check the South Dakota Tourism site on the Internet to find where they are. Calling all birders! If you are interested in birding, you can call Glacial Lakes & Prairies Tourism at 1-800-244-8860 for a free SD Birding Trail brochure. The closest places to Huron are just outside of town west on US-14 and is called MagaTa-Hohpi WPA or east on US-14 near DeSmet is the De Smet Forest and LakeThompson Recreation Area. For those of you coming to the rally with young children, you might choose to visit Aberdeen, SD, north of Huron on US-281 prior to arrival in Huron. There is a Wylie Park Campground as well as Storybook Land including The Land ofOz, rides and other attractions. Check the Internet for rates and hours. Anyone who will be staying in or around the Huron area until July 13 and 14, 2013, you might consider heading over to Brookings, SD, at the junction of US-14 and I-29, for their Summer Arts Festival located at Pioneer Park on US-14/6th St. between Western Ave. and First Ave. Parking is off site at First Bank & Trust parking lot at 6th Street and 22nd Ave. Shuttle buses will run continuously during the festival. Public parking is available on side streets and public parking lots downtown as well as pay-to-park lots north and northwest of festival. In addition to over 200 artists from all over the USA with their handcrafted works of art, there will be gourmet and ethnic food booths, children’s area for fun and educational activities and entertainers throughout Pioneer Park. Goto Brookings, SD Summer Arts Festival on the Internet to find out more. We just happened upon this festival on our way to Huron last year and would have loved to have stopped if we could have found a place to park. I would recommend going early. Parking is off site at First Bank & Trust parking lot at 6th Street and 22nd Ave. Shuttle buses will run continuously during the festival. Public parking is available on side streets and public parking lots downtown as well as pay-to-parklots north and northwest of festival. RV parking appeared to be at a premium. I hope that you have enjoyed reading these articles on Huron and it has peaked your interest in the many things that there are to do and see around the town as well as nearby. See you in Huron!
HURON, SD 2013
This is a description of the seminars for the International rally to be held in Huron, SD this summer. Check your program for the times and places of the seminars as soon as you arrive at the rally. -Darrell Waters
Membership Growth Seminar by Mona Heath and Teresa Taylor, Oregon Unit President and Membership Chairman
Introduction to Caravanning Seminars By: R.B. Bernd July 1, 2, 3, from 1:00 - 4:00
If you have not had the pleasure of going on a caravan, this program will provide you with valuable information that will undoubtedly enhance your first caravanning experience. If you have caravanning experience and are now thinking about being a Caravan Leader Introduction to Caravanning will definitely help you move forward with your plans. Each person who registers for the program will be given a comprehensive folder of materials. It’s an excellent resource for caravaners and aspiring caravan leaders. Those who attend all three days of the seminar series will be presented with an official “WBCCI Certificate of Completion” as well as a copy of the very handy WBCCI Caravan Handbook. Successful completion of this seminar is a pre-requisite to leading a National Caravan.
Read more: Huron Seminar Descriptions 2013
Exciting news comes “sliding” in from Huron this month! The Splash Central Water Park is rumored to be meeting its scheduled deadlines to be up and running for the arrival of our WBCCI International Convention/Rally.
There is a Master Blaster water slide, a Body Slide, Sea Creature Kiddy Pool, a/lazy river, a leisure pool and a 50-meter competition pool for those of you that/need to keep your tri-athlete fitness training on track. Surrounding Splash/Central is an Interactive Playground, Sensory Garden, picnic shelters, swings,/bathhouse, Senior Center and concessions, as well as a large parking lot. So/pack that swimsuit and lots of sun block lotion and jump in for a great time./Huron famous residents:
Read more: Excitement in Huron
Here you will find all of the files you might need to participate in the 2013 International Rally in Huron, SD.
Read more: Files You Need
According to Jay D. Vogt, Director of the South Dakota State Historical Society, the Huron Indians never lived in South Dakota. However, when the Lewis and Clark Expedition passed through the area in 1804-1806 the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota (aka Sioux) people as well as the Arikara people lived in what now is South Dakota. The Arikara people were an agricultural society and were later forced into North Dakota by the Sioux.Today the closest Indian reservation to Huron is the Crow Creek Indian Reservation on the Missouri River south of the state capital Pierre. Crow Creek is the third smallest of the nine reservations in South Dakota. It is approximately 400 square miles, but 35 square miles are covered by reservoirs. To get there you take SD Hwy 50 North from I-90 toward Fort Thompson keeping a look out for the Crow Creek Reservation buffalo herd.
Read more: Were There Indians in Huron --- Ever?
In attempting to write articles on our next International Rally site in Huron, SD, my husband suggested that an “in person” visit was called for. So, on our way home from Sedalia, we drove to Huron and spent a couple of days.
What a difference it makes to see a place in person, rather than trying to write about it based on information gleaned from the Internet.
The most important thing we learned was the correct pronunciation of Huron. It is not Hugh-ron it is Here-on.
Read more: Visiting Huron 2012
International President John Boutwell has asked me to write a series of articles for the Blue Beret about Huron, SD, the site of our upcoming 2013 International Rally. The rally begins June 28, 2013 and continues through July 4, 2013. Having traveled through South Dakota many times and never having gone through Huron, I decided that before I wrote about this place I needed to locate it.
Read more: Where is Huron, South Dakota?
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