What place in your community would you want to make sure no visitor misses? A variety of people from the region have offered their suggestions.
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MASHED POTATO WRESTLING
Join us for World Famous Mashed Potato Wrestling at Clark’s Potato Day Aug. 2, 2014. Potato Day includes a car show, tractor show, arts in the park, sidewalk sales, flower and garden show, potato decorating contests, potato recipe contests, parade and more. www.clarksd.com. —Melanie Smith
One highlight of the Museum of Wildlife, Science & Industry is the Shoe House, which holds more than 10,000 pairs of shoes that are the collection of Mildred O’Neil. Each pair tells a story. See 22 other buildings that highlight the region’s history of military, agricultural, and pioneer life. www.sdmuseum.org. —Elaine Gilbertson
BITTER LAKE LODGE
Bitter Lake Lodge has a scenic view of the lake where visitors can have a meal before or after trying their luck catching walleye or perch. Ask about the largest northern contest. www.bitterlakelodge.com. —Brenda Holscher
On the beautiful wind-swept Coteau des Prairies (hills of the prairies), 3.5 miles west of Sisseton stands the Nicollet Tower & Interpretive Center, complete with a commanding view of three states and a storied past that marks the efforts of French astronomer and mathematician, Joseph N. Nicollet, who first mapped the region. The Interpretive Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, May through September. Admission is free. Visit www.sissetonmuseums.org or call 605-698-7672. —Sandi Jaspers
MIDWAY DRIVE-IN THEATRE
The No. 1 reason I love this theater is the treats! They have the best treat stand you will ever see at a drive-in. My second reason for loving the drive-in is the people who run and own it. Coming into the treat stand you will see them lined up at their station with a smile on their face. www.midwaydrivein.info. —Kecia Baranek
INGALLS HOMESTEAD & LAURA I. WILDER SOCIETY
How fortunate we are to have the opportunity to experience the lifestyle of pioneer homesteaders by twisting hay, riding in a covered wagon or trying your hand at a railroad hand car. Relive Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books in this historic community. www.desmetsd.com. —Rita Anderson
Discover Prairie Village with 40 restored buildings, agricultural displays, antique tractors, log and sod houses, a steam carousel, chapel car and an operating railroad. Come for the Steam Threshing Jamboree Aug. 22-24, with parades, a flea market, demonstrations and entertainment. www.prairievillage.org. —Julie Gross