Building a Vibrant Community

Welcome to Wessington, South Dakota, USA!

Wessington is a beautiful, rural community located in east-central South Dakota. Our residents enjoy a wonderful quality of life as well as a rich proud history dating back to America's Pioneer Days. Plentiful pheasant hunting, productive farmland, and the peaceful rolling Wessington Hills are among the notable resources of the Wessington area.  Wessington offers countless opportunities for small business and commercial investment. The Wessington Economic Development Corporation strengthens the economic climate through business leadership that fosters community prosperity.

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2014 Fun Days Schedule

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Come to Alexís Lemonade Stand on July 3rd outside at the 281 Travel Center in Wolsey from 10 am -5 pm. Laurel Diekhoff, Wessington, and some of her friends will be hosting Alexís Lemonade Stand on July 3rd. Who is Alex? Alex is a little girl who, just before her first birthday, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.  Just when she appeared to be beating the odds, it was discovered that her tumors had begun to grow again.  When she was four, she informed her mom that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand as soon as she got out of the hospital so she could raise money to give to doctors so they could help out other kids like her. Even while bravely fighting her own cancer, she held her annual lemonade stand every year to fight all childhood cancers.  Sadly, when she was 8, Alex passed away. Even though Alex is no longer able to host her own stand, her family and people all around the world still continue her mission of finding a cure for all childhood cancers. Come join the fight by enjoying a cold glass of lemonade or by submitting an online donation! Anything will help make a difference in the fight! Hereís the link to Laurelís webpage for the event:


Our thoughts and prayers are with those friends and family members recently displaced by the tornado in Wessington Springs. 


SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendar for Wessingtonís Fun Days 2014: July 19, the third Saturday in July! See you there!



Pie and chili entries are needed for the 2014 Annual Wessington Fun Day Pie and Chili Contest. The contest will be held on July 19 at the Wessington Economic Development Corporation's Sunshine Activity Center. Entrants should bring pie and chili entries at the WEDC Sunshine Activity Center (former Concordia Lutheran Church) on or before 2 pm. No entries accepted after 2 PM. The pie categories are as follows: a Singled-Crusted Pie, a Double-Crusted Pie, and a Cream Pie. All crusts must be homemade and a recipe must be included. Pots of chili are accepted and a recipe must accompany the entry. There is limited refrigerator space for pies that require preservation; please bring your own cooler. Winners are awarded Wessington Bucks. The WEDC Sunshine Activity Center will be closed during judging.  Judging will begin after the parade and will open to public at 4 PM. The annual Chili and Pie Feed will begin at 4 PM at the WEDC Sunshine Activity Center.  A freewill offering will benefit the Wessington Library. Any questions, please contact Lana Dannenbring-Eichstadt.


Be a part of one the best little parades in South Dakota!

Parade entries are needed for the annual Wessington Fun Day Parade to be held July 19, 2014, at 2 pm. This yearís theme is Happy Birthday South Dakota! Celebrating the 125th year of SD!  This yearís parade Marshall is DOUG DUBOIS. Register at or call Kaye at Heartland State Bank- 605-458-2255 or Lana at 605-354-3589. Please enter your float, car, golf cart, wagon, horses, 4-wheeler, etc. The Wessington Economic Development Cooperation sponsors the parade.


Our heartfelt congratulations to Vernís Manufacturing! They are celebrating 50 years this May! A wonderful example of a small family business growing into a success story. We are proud of Vernís; please support them!

Congratulations to all area graduates! grad

Recently the Feeding South Dakota coordinator, Diane Briest, left, stopped by the Sunshine Activity Center in Wessington to meet with Shirley Runge, right. Runge is the director of the Wessington Nutrition Site. The site provides hot, nutritious meals five days a week in Wessington. 



Farmland Building Supply recently hosted an open house to show off the new lumberyard. Celebrating from left to right include workers and board members, Dean Duxbury, Darin Swartz, Bob Blake, and General Manager, Janelle Zerfoss. Congratulations! 

Bernie Hunhoff Speaker in Wessington

Please note: Wessington, South Dakota, and Wessington SPRINGS, South Dakota, are two different towns. Often times the media or uneducated folks confuse the two. We forgive you, but letís clear up the confusion. Wessington, SD, is its own separate entity. We welcome you for a visit and this should help you remember to separate the two. 

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