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Keystone Hometown Celebration

  • Keystone Hometown Celebration
Event Date: 
Sunday, September 19, 2021 (All day)

Keystone residents lamenting the demise of Holy Terror Days will be happy to learn of the new event that launched in 2020 that captures the spirit of the popular long-running annual celebration. The Keystone Hometown Celebration will take place annually in September and promises to offer fun for the entire family, rain or shine.

Holy Terror Days was an annual community event dating back to 1899. It began as an Independence Day celebration but moved to September as its focus grew to include Keystone history. The event was last held in 2017, but city leaders wanted to bring it back. Seizing the opportunity for a fresh start, the event has been rebranded to better reflect the overall focus on the community. The tagline—"Small Town, Big Spirit"—sums this up perfectly.

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The Keystone Hometown Celebration welcomes locals and visitors alike. Guests will make their way through town for an old-time play-along featuring a carnival, community BBQ, entertainment, historical reenactments, and a costume contest (participants will dress up in their best 1890s garb).

2021 Schedule of Events:

Friday Morning: 10:00am-5pm: – Registration for the Keystone All School Reunion At the Keystone School/Museum

Friday Evening: - 5:30-6:30 pm: Ice Cream Social - Sponsored by: Svenmar Vacation Rentals and Battle Creek Vacations

6:00 - 7:30 pm: Jill and Allen Kirkland - Cowboy and Wild West Music. Sponsored by SD Humanities Council

Saturday: 6:30 am: Mt Rushmore Half Marathon at Ghost Canyon Getaway

9:00 am - 3:00 pm: Crafter/Vendor Show in the Keystone Community Center

10:00 am-2:00pm: Keystone All School Reunion Registration and Brunch at the Keystone United Church of Christ

10:30 am: Mount Rushmore Half Marathon Race should be completed at Borglum Museum parking area

11:00 am: - Enjoy lunch throughout Keystone Dining establishments

12:30 pm: 1st Shootout performance with 1880 Train Black Hills Shootists

1:00 pm: - Costume Contest/Pie Contest/Beard Contest/

2:30 pm: Front Porch Coalition Butterfly Release - “more info to follow”

3:30 pm: 2nd Shootout performance at 1880 Train Black Hills Shootists

3:30 pm: Kids Carnival/Face Painting/Balloon Animals -West area of Watson Park

5:oo-6:30 pm Free Barbeque at Watson Park near Shelter with RiverFront Broadcasting and Texas Roadhouse

6:30- 10:00 pm: Street Dance with the Sad and Lonesome Boys of New Underwood, SD

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