Congratulations to Margo Furman Nelson of Florence, S.D., on successfully guessing the location of Dakotafire’s September/October Community MysteryPix contest! The next editions of Dakotafire magazine and the first edition of Spark magazine will feature Redfield, S.D. Our next Community MysteryPix contest will be held in November. Until then, stay alert to the details in your community, because you never know when something you pass by on a daily basis might be featured, earning you some cool rural swag, and the opportunity to brag about the beauty in your everyday surroundings!
The Wednesday of homecoming week is Pride Day for the Redfield, S.D., Pheasants—a day when approximately 265 junior and senior high schoolers set out to make the town of 2,333 just a little bit better.
“It’s about giving back,” said Rob Lewis, Redfield junior/senior high school principal. “Our community gives so much to our school. … (Pride Day is) a way for our kids to give back to our community and to the people who support them.”
Since the terrorist attacks on New York City, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11, 2001, Pride Day has taken on extra meaning. As of 2002, the Redfield High School senior class has been charged with a special task each Pride Day: painting an American Flag on the outside of a local building and signing it with their graduation year.
“It started as a patriotic gesture toward what happened with the terrorist attacks, but we continue to do it because it refurbishes (the) town (and) it’s a patriotic spirit,” Lewis said.
The project has special meaning to the community, which was home to a National Guard unit until 2013.
“We have a very patriotic town, in the sense that we’ve had lot of people who have served. That makes it more meaningful,” Lewis said. “Our goal is … as you come into town from any direction and you leave town from any direction, that’s one of the things you see. … It shows people passing through what’s important to us, and our country is important to us, and service is important to us.”
Sept. 14, the 41 members of the Redfield Class of 2017 will splash red and white barn paints and blue exterior paint on the outside of Redfield Feed Service on the east side of town.
Other Pride Day projects over the years have included painting the spillway at Have-A-Rest Park, cleaning ditches, pulling weeds, beautifying the city park and fairgrounds, custodial work at the school, and odd jobs at the local nursing home.