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Oct 02

Fun Fall Festivities in Aberdeen!

Posted on October 2, 2015 at 4:09 PM by Sabrina Metz

With the air getting cooler, and the leaves changing color, you can notice the change in the season here in town. Gone are the hot days of summer, and in comes the fun of football games, bonfires, hay rides, and gorgeous hikes in the fall foliage! The Aberdeen area always has something up it's sleeves to get you out and about this October. Read on...

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Aug 07

Celebrating 80 Years of the Brown County Fair!

Posted on August 7, 2015 at 2:51 PM by Sabrina Metz

Yes, that's right. It is getting to that time of year again. Aberdeen, SD is gearing up for the Brown County Fair next week, August 10-16. With over 300 events, contests, exhibits, shows, and entertainment going on throughout the week; you will surely find something to enjoy! 


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Jul 02

The History of Wylie Park

Posted on July 2, 2015 at 2:23 PM by Sabrina Metz

If you have ever been to Aberdeen, or live in town, there is a good chance you have visited Wylie Park and its facilities. This 210 acre park is located just 1 mile north of town, and caters to the needs of citizens and tourists alike. You can enjoy Storybook Land & the Land of Oz, camping, horseshoes, go-karts, bumper boats, miniature golf, bike & skate rentals, picnicking, playgrounds, recreational trails, softball, swimming volleyball, and even a zoo. But how did Wylie come into fruition? Here's a little history on the park:

In 1910 the City of Aberdeen purchased land for Wylie Park, from A. N. Aldrich. Aldrich stipulated the park be named Wylie in honor of his father-in-law, James H. Wylie, an early pioneer of Aberdeen. The streetcar company contributed additional land for a lake supplied with water from an artesian well. The Wylie Park Pavilion was constructed in the park c.1912. While Aberdeen had streetcars, they ran continuously from town to Wylie Park on weekends and evenings. Among the park-bound passengers were young people ready to kick up their heels and dance to live music at the Pavilion. Public dances at the Pavilion remained popular from the time of its construction through the 1940s. Lawrence Welk was among the many entertainers who played the Pavilion. The Pavilion housed other activities such as political gatherings and club outings. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. (History.sd.gov).

And now you know!