Members of the group Helping Build Communities Stronger met again last Wednesday to continue planning Friendship Days.
The annual celebration in Hills is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, June 7-9.
This is the first event the group has planned, and they are hoping to add some new events to the traditional Friendship Days lineup.
The new events include a steak dinner, a talent show, an auction, mud volleyball, events for teens and sporting events.
The steak dinner is being served downtown on Saturday night by Keith Elbers and Tedd Larson. Tickets for the meal are currently available at several local businesses. There is a discount for purchasing them ahead of time.
In addition to the steak meal there will be hot dogs and burgers for kids.
The group wanted to provide entertainment for guests eating downtown on Saturday night so they have decided to use the street dance stage for an evening music show.
They are still working on the lineup but hope to feature local talents. If you are interested in getting up on stage to perform, please contact an HBSC member or visit their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/HelpingBuildCommunitiesStronger.
These events are family friendly and open to all ages.
After the meal is finished, the stage will be turned over to local band Six Mile Road for the street dance. This will be an event for people 21 and over.
The group replaced the traditional Friendship Days raffle with a live auction. The auction will take place in the park following the parade. A variety of vendors will be on hand, including the Pork Producers, Nobles Rock Cattlemen’s Club, Rauk’s Hilltop and the Hidden Hills Cafe.
While enjoying their meal, visitors can bid on a small selection of items. At their last meeting the group finalized plans for three such items: a pork bundle, a beef bundle and an evening in the Coca Cola suite at a Canaries game in Sioux Falls. They intend to add additional items as well.
In an effort to provide more options for teenagers and adults, the group intends to build and run a mud volleyball tournament at the park. Teams can sign up to play for free. The group purposely opted not to award prizes. That leaves the event open to high school athletes as well.
They are hoping each grade will bring in a team and compete for bragging rights.
Teens are also invited to a bonfire at the football field on Saturday night. Chris Harnack, Dennis Hartman and Steven Wiertzema are organizing the event and hope to have the field open for use during the event in addition to other activities.
Also new this year is a Saturday night home football game for the semi-pro football team, Tri-State Buffalos.
The weekend will conclude with a Community Church Service on Sunday morning in the city park.
The group’s next meeting is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, at the Beaver Creek Fire Hall. Anyone interested in helping with Friendship Days or any community event is invited to attend.