October 2023

The change in weather and fewer daylight hours definitely helped create the eerie scenery needed for the festive Halloween season. With cooler temperatures and overcast skies, the thrill of the spooky season was in the air. With Woonsocket’s junior class putting together a Haunted House in a shed at the Rassel residence as a prom fundraiser, the annual Trunk-or-Treat events in Woonsocket, Artesian and Letcher and the FFA Halloween Festival held over the weekend, there was Halloween fun to be had for any age, even before the actual holiday on Oct. 31. Adults had options, as well, with parties at people’s homes and local establishments hosting costume parties with prizes for those who were most creative.

With Halloween behind us for 2023, we can now look forward to the holidays that tend to bring on family gatherings, great food and, hopefully, charitable works. Although some dread this time of year because of the work, time and money that goes into organizing time with loved ones, it is important to keep in mind that there are many people who would give anything to have someone to spend the holidays with, so be thankful for and appreciative of all the blessings you have received.

…See plenty of pictures in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Mason Moody rides to the championship title for bull riding in the Badlands Circuit. Photo courtesy of Badlands Circuit. 

Recently, Mason Moody of Letcher earned the championship title for the Badlands Circuit in bull riding. He was awarded year-end champion and top finals average in the sport, and for his performance all season, he also earned the Rookie of the Year.

The Badlands Circuit is a pro-rodeo circuit that includes North Dakota and South Dakota. Their regular season ended Sept. 30, and they had their finals on the weekend of Oct. 14-15, where Moody earned his championship title and claimed the Rookie of the Year award. 

…Read on in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

The opening weekend of pheasant hunting season took place this past weekend in South Dakota, and Sanborn County was a busy part of it. Many families took advantage of the nice fall weather to make memories in the field hunting, harvesting or visiting a pumpkin patch. 

This year in Woonsocket, Swenson Produce had their first ever pumpkin patch event. They opened the weekend of Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, and it was open until just this past weekend. Pumpkin seekers could enjoy lots of photo ops along with horse rides, a bouncy house, zip line, face painting, coloring pages, horse-drawn wagon rides and good food from McWhorter’s food truck. It was a family friendly event for people of all ages.

Along with the pumpkin stands going strong, the annual Ducks Unlimited banquet took place in Woonsocket over opening weekend, but this time on a Sunday. It was held in the Woonsocket Community and Events Center, and organizers reported that their number of attendees was up, so moving it to Sunday was a good idea.

As harvest continues and the hunting season rolls on through January, the rest of 2023 will be active for Sanborn County residents and its visitors. October is ending with a haunted house in Woonsocket, trunk or treat activities in the different communities and of course, trick or treating next Tuesday night. After Halloween has been buried for the year, Woonsocket’s annual craft fair will be in November, St. Wilfrid Catholic Church is bringing back the Turkey Shoot and several organizations spread throughout the county’s communities will be having their events for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Let the festivities begin!!

…See pictures in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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