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Indigenous to Headline 605 Unity Jam in Southeast South Dakota

Grab your lawn chair, slather on the sunscreen and enjoy a day by the lake listening to great music, eating awesome food, and learning about other cultures.

The 3rd Annual 605 Unity Jam is Sunday, June 11 from 12:00PM-8:00PM at beautiful Wagner Lake in Wagner, SD, just a few miles east of the Missouri River on Highway 46.

605 Unity Jam is a multi-cultural celebration with a youth Pow Wow, traditional Czech dancing, a variety of musicians and entertainers, arts and crafts vendors, youth fishing clinic and derby, and more!

605 Unity Jam is more than a relaxing day in the sun. It's an opportunity for communities to come together, build positive relationships and appreciate all cultures that make up those communities.

Events planned include:

  • Youth Pow Wow
  • Unity Walk
  • Storytelling by Local Elders
  • Cardboard Box Boat Regatta
  • Kolache-eating Contest
  • Arts and Craft Vendors
  • Food Vendors
  • Youth Fishing Clinic and Derby
  • Cultural Demonstrations
Headlining the musical entertainment will be blues rock group and South Dakota Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Indigenous. Other entertainment includes:

The Pow Wow will be a unique opportunity for visitors to learn the meaning and spirit behind the traditional Native American singing and dancing celebration. It will help teach our younger generation about Native American's ancestral histories.

10:30 - Out Door Church Service:  Everyone Is Invited To Attend 

11:00 - Welcome Booth Opens - Unity Jam T-Shirts Available For Sale 

12:00 - Welcome Comments - 605 Unity Team. 
  • Youth Fishing Derby Free Registration: Ages 15 & Under / North Side of Wagner Lake. Fishing Poles Available If Needed. Youth Compete For Prizes By Age Group: ages 8 & under, ages 9-11, ages 12-15 
  • Musical Performance By: Kara Hanan

12:30 - Youth Fishing Derby Begins: Derby Ends At 2:00 p.m. & Prizes Awarded Based Upon Number Of Fish Caught & Released 

12:45 - Welcome Comments: Wagner Mayor, YST Chairman, Area Wide Growth, Wagner Chamber of Commerce  

1:00 - Musical Performance By: Dakota Back Roads   
  • Youth Pow-Wow Grand Entry Staff & Colors

1:45 - Public Recognition: Veterans & Area Police Officers

2:00 - Musical Performance By: Uncle Roy & The Boys
  • Youth Fishing Derby Ends & Prizes Awarded ( North Side Of Wagner Lake )

2:45 - Kolache Eating Contest - Near Main Stage Area   

3:00 - Musical Performance By: Phil and Friends
  • Carnival Games - Play For Prizes / Games Near Park Play Ground Area 

3:45 - Cardboard Box Boat Regatta: Wagner Lake

4:00 - Musical Performance By: Koby Jordan
  • Retreat Staff/Colors At Youth Pow-Wow  

4:45 - Money Sand Pile For Youth: Ages 9 and Under
  • Czech Dance Demonstration: Tabor Dancers

5:00 - Musical Performance By: The Polka Kings
  • Games To Play Concludes

7:00 - Musical Performance By: Indigenous 

Pow Wow schedule:
1:00PM Grand Entry Staff/Colors
1:15PM    Prayer / Welcome comments
1:30PM    Intertribal Dancing
2:00PM    Round Dance - Crowd participation
2:15PM    Special Dance - Women/girls
2:45PM    Intertribal Dancing
3:00PM    Rabbit Dance - Crowd participation
3:15PM    Special Dance - Men/boys
3:30PM    Honoring of Committee
3:45PM    Intertribal Dancing
4:00PM    Retreat Staff/Colors

Admission is free. No coolers. Get the details about 605 Unity Jam and take a road trip on June 11 to Wagner, SD.


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Almost every small South Dakota town has a watering hole. It’s where the locals go to kick back a few brews and engage in conversation.

Some of these establishments are located in buildings almost as old as the town itself. There might be a fresh coat of paint on the walls or new vinyl on the booth seats, but the ambiance is still reminiscent of a good ol’ dive.

If you think a "dive" is all about the sketchy clientele, the smell of the Devil’s lettuce, and stale Grain Belt, you’d be wrong. Not every dive has a bad reputation.

What makes a dive, a dive?

A dive has character. Neon beer signs and local memorabilia adorn the walls.

You might find a pool table, dart board, and a few video lottery machines.

The bartender knows the regulars by name and they know what you drink.

Some dives don't even serve food except for bags of chips and pickled eggs that sit in a jar of brine on the bar.

Dives aren't fancy. You might see 70's-style wood panels on the walls and wobbly tables leveled with a folded napkin.

Finally, the bathrooms. The bathrooms in dives are in a class by themselves and could be a whole topic on its own. 

There are several small-town dives in our area with friendly faces, cheap booze with a burn, and even really good food! We use the term "dive" in the most affectionate way.

Here are some of the best and why you should go there.

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When the snow falls on the Falls, life in the city does not stop. We all still have to go to work, school, and the liquor I mean go get snacks.

When you tackle the snowy routes around town you tend to run across six types of drivers in the snow.

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