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Oyate Trail to Martin September 28, 2008

Posted by prairiewoman in SoDakLand Trail.

Had a wonderful time working on this Oyate (Lakota word for People) Trail Sale http://www.oyatetrail.com/ with Gayle.


Oyate Trail Sale A Success for The Community

The Oyate Trail Sale in Martin was held September 19 – 21 at the Bennett County Fairgrounds and the Martin Heritage Center.  The first time event, sponsored by the Oyate Trail Association, Southeast South Dakota Tourism, and Great Lakes of South Dakota Tourism Associations, is part of a 400 mile long yard sale in 25 towns between North Sioux City and Hot Springs following I-29, Highway 50, and Highway 18.  Oyate Trail signs marked the entrances to the Fairgrounds and at the corner of Hwy 18 and Fourth Street.  The Wheeler and Rosane family sales were set up along Highway 18 route as well, which is encouraged by the Oyate Trail Committee.  The turn-out surpassed all expectations by local organizers Gayle Kocer and Roseanna Renaud.  “Badlands RC&D adopted the Oyate Trail Sale as a project. This project included Bennett and Shannon Counties that lay within the sale route, with sales taking place in the communities of Martin, Batesland, and the Prairie Winds Casino.  We had a very good first year with many local people supporting the Trail Sale. We are looking forward to even better years when the word gets out and sale shoppers start to come from other areas” said Kocer.  Approximately 200 people including out-of-town and local guests enjoyed a free cup of coffee while shopping with 14 vendors inside the Fairgrounds activity building with 50 stopping by the Heritage Center for a free cookie and bidding at the Silent Auction held inside the Center.  The auction and visitor donations provide financial support for the Center in its mission for historical preservation.  Badlands Quilting displayed a selection of quilts and Pendleton items from their new Martin store inside the facility.  On Sunday, 35 people enjoyed the Center’s town site tour to Patricia, Blackpipe, and Vetal followed by dinner at the R-Bar in Vetal.  Shoppers at the Fairgrounds enjoyed a mix of arts and crafts, homemade foods, produce, clothing, and rummage from vendors: Creations by David, Kruse Apiary, Fantasy Airbrush, Smoky’s Leather, Ken’s Upholstery, Classic Stitch, Ruthie’s Jelly, Sue’s Towels, Prairie Wood Works, Deb Campbell, Kathy Smith, Melissa Byrne, Anita Hicks, and Donna Haukaas.  Ms. Renaud said “Since this was a first year for the Sale we didn’t know what to expect but thanks to the community, the enthusiasm of volunteers, and our wonderful vendors the Oyate Trail in Martin was a great success.  Next year we would like to see more harvest and Christmas items, native made, and local produce from our farmers.  This market is an opportunity for our local artists, schools, churches, business people, tribal districts, farmers, and ranchers to experience a one-stop shopping venue that benefits everyone.”  Unsold rummage was donated to the Community Action Center on Sunday.  The Martin venue as well as Homecoming events and local business were promoted on the Oyate Trail website (see oyatetrail.com).  Visitors came from Kadoka, Mission, Nebraska, and even Wyoming and Iowa but for the most part were local buyers.  Oyate Trail organizers believe the yearly event can grow to match similar highway treks in other states such as those in Nebraska and Texas.



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