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Harrisburg Days return after 2020 pandemic-forced break

Updated: Jun. 12, 2021 at 11:23 PM CDT
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HARRISBURG, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Harrisburg Days was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, but this year it’s back and city leaders are glad to have something to celebrate. The weekend of events originally started 13 years ago, for the city to raise money for a new pool.

Harrisburg Days has evolved throughout the years. Now, its main purpose is for people to get out and fun with other members of the community.

“To be part of a smaller community, one that’s really involved with itself especially after the year that we had, what a great opportunity for neighbors to re-meet neighbors, to meet new neighbors and just to participate in the health and the welfare of the community,” said Jon Durajczyk, resident of Harrisburg.

Harrisburg Days hosts many events including a carnival, a car show, and a parade, along with so much more. It also serves as a way for members of the community to find out more about some local businesses.

“All the business in town and a lot of businesses for Southern Sioux Falls come down to this, so it’s just one way to showcase our businesses and for them to give back to the community as well,” said Derick Wenck Harrisburg Mayor.

This year’s Harrisburg days means even more to many of the residents, who have felt isolated through the pandemic.

“We’re not taking for granted the fact that there’s a lot of states and areas around us that are still not able to do these events and things like what we’re doing, so it’s just nice to be able to see this in our small community and be able to have this and support Harrisburg,” said Bekah Hauert, a resident of Harrisburg.

City leaders are hopeful the event continues to get bigger and bigger each year and brings even more of the community together.

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