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Sully County: Small Town Traditions


PIERRE, S.D. – Sully County, located in central South Dakota, is home to the communities of Agar and Onida. The county is named for General Alfred Sully, who built Fort Sully, once located along the banks of the mighty Missouri River.

Here residents and visitors alike enjoy events like Sully County Fair, which features 4-H and open class exhibits, two PRCA rodeos, tractor pull, youth talent contest, chili cook-off and more. Look for this event in August each year.

Another tradition in Onida is ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, an annual holiday event featuring free hay rides and kiddie train rides, a parade of lights and a craft show. Open houses are held at a number of area businesses and refreshments are served throughout the day. This event will be held on Main Street December 7, 2007.

Sully County’s location along the Missouri River also makes it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Here spectacular walleye fishing can be enjoyed in the waters of Lake Oahe. Water recreation is another popular activity on the waters of the Missouri, where water skiing, jet skiing and boating are enjoyed during the summer months.

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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