Building a Vibrant Community

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.Wessington, South Dakota, USA!

We will continuously update this website with the latest information so that you are always up- to- date with all our activities, new initiatives & offerings. See you in Wessington! Building a vibrant community!

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The best Santa Day and Parade of Lights in Wessington was held on December13.  Here is a sneak peak at some of our pictures. More pictures and details to follow. Floats with fireworks, synchronized light shows and much moreÖ.Thanks to everyone in the community who worked on this special event. 

Traveling trophies for the Parade of Lights:


The Sunset Bar & Grill is looking to employ a full-time manager. Wages and hours are negotiable. Call Rick at 605-354-2916.  

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Local Jobs: 

Workers wanted at Farmers Union Oil Company; competitive wages flexible schedule; excellent employment conditions, interesting and varied work; call Ben today: (605) 458-2228

Workers wanted at The Sunset Bar & Grill; open from 3 pm-close. Hiring bartenders, servers, kitchen help, dishwashing, food prep cooks. Accommodating schedules. Working with the public. Call or stop in to see Rick today: (605) 458-2289

Fun Days Review by Kaye Waugh of the Wessington Economic Development Board

 Wessington Fun Days was a BLAST!

by Kaye Waugh

VP, Wessington Economic Developm10514606_706649196077443_8947606891266984386_nent Corp.

You couldnít have picked a better day last Saturday.  There was a pleasant breeze during the day followed by a mild temp the rest of the day.  We started with a delightful Breakfast at the American Legion and it was very well attended.  The 5K walk/run fell a little short of participants this year, but that didnít stop Cole Sargent from winning 1st prize breaking his own old record and setting a new fast time; Chris Hass was 2nd place and Keith Larsen placed 3rd in the menís division.  Kari Sargent was 1st in the womenís division.  Wessington Bucks were given to the winners. 

Over at the park and pool, young children got a special treat diving in and grabbing coins as much as they can get.  This yearís winners of the Softball tournament were the team from Orient that took 1st place and Cole Mehlingís team took 2nd place.  The Bean Bag toss tournament had over 30 groups that competed with all proceeds donated to the Wessington Gym.

R&B Food Centerís Root Beer Floats for .25 cents was a hit.  Lunch specials were served at Cenex, Sunset Bar & Grill and the Wolsey/Wessington Concession stand.  Sunset Bar & Grill provided the setting for the Karaoke enthusiasts till late in the evening.

Sheltered Reality Drummers gave an amazing performance and wowed the crowd with their unique drumming abilities.  At the Wessington gym, a group of Cheerleaders from Mitchell did a cheerleading ďworkshopĒ for the pre-teens, teens and young adults.  Seen were lots of tumbling, stretching and lifting, all in the spirit of fun and entertainment.

Wessington Economic Development Corp/ Nutrition Site Council center was the venue for this yearís Chili and Pie contest.  A total of 15 delicious Chiliís and 18 lovely homemade Pies were donated.  First Prize winner of the Chiliís contest was Tracy Resel while John Hanks took 2nd place.  Myrt Van Asperen took first place in the Cream Pie contest while the first Prize winner of the double Crust pie was Norma Dehaven, Kayti Ammerman took 2nd place and Julie Clarke was 3rd.  There were no single crusted pies entered.  We served over 100 people at the Chili and Pie feed.  Everyone had a marvelous time.  A free-will offering was donated to the Wessington Public Library.

The highlight of the day was the much-talked about Wessington parade.  Sponsored by Wessington Economic Development Corporation, this yearís theme was celebrating 125th year of statehood and the board chose Doug Dubois as Parade Marshall.  Added to this yearís celebration, was an all year class reunion.  This year saw 38 participants from Miller, Huron, Wolsey and Lake Preston.  Blood, sweat and lots of love were poured into the making of each beautifully decorated float. 

The parade would not have been a success if it were not for the participation of the following generous individuals and their supportive families:  Heartland State Bank, American Legion Krauter Post Color Guard, American Legion Auxiliary, Triple R Ranch, Vernís Manufacturing, Charles Droz, Carolyn Danburg, Dick Werner, Peggy Gibson, Jim White, Joan Wollschlager, Farmland, Western Pump & Equipment, Casavan Apiaries, Resel Oil, The class of 1974, Jim and Ruth Anne Major, The Class of 1994, Lowell Prentice, BCA Nutrition Center, Wessington City Pool, Dave Simons & Family, Simons Farms, Andy Wuestewald, Majorís Gifts, Wessington Masonís Club, Art Welk, Wolsey/Wessington Wrestling Club, Lana, Greg, Herman and Henry Eichstadt, Wessington Ambulance and Wessington Rural Firefighters.  Highly noticeable was Simons Farms who brought in 3 Antique Studebaker cars and 4 tractors!

Each year is a witness and testimony of how small town communities along with the local businesses are united in the spirit of sportsmanship, enjoyment and thrill while building a vibrant community.

The annual Wessington Fun Days is sponsored by Wessington Economic Development Corporation and its Board of Directors; Jim Major, Kaye Waugh, Lana Eichstadt, Jerrold Zerfoss, Vernetta Legrand, Donna Runge, Ron Runge, Ben Christiansen and Jason Resel.

2014 Fun Days Schedule


Our heartfelt congratulations to Vernís Manufacturing! They are celebrated 50 years May 2014! A wonderful example of a small family business growing into a success story. We are proud of Vernís; please support them!

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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