When the weather warms up

By Gray Hughes


This is the second part of our look at spring. Next week’s will look at how Hill City businesses faired this winter and what they have in store for spring.

While the Black Hills and the surrounding areas are preparing for the biggest storm of the season so far there will still be plenty to do in Hill City this spring.

On Saturday, March 16, and Sunday, March 17, the 12th annual Hill City Antiques-Railroad Show will take place.

The event will take place at Hill City High School. Admission is free and it costs $3 per item to have an assessment.

On Saturday, the event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, the event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tables are available for $25, and booths are available for $35.

Proceeds will benefit the Hill City Senior Center and the South Dakota Railroad Museum.

Prairie Berry will hold its Spring Fling Dinner on March 22 from 6-9 p.m. There will be a buffet style dinner with Prairie Berry Wine and Miner Brewing Co. beer. Dancing will be held after dinner.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for children 4 through 10. Tickets can be purchased in the Tasting Room in Hill City or by calling 877-266-9453.

In the mood for something a little physical? The 11th annual Run for the Rangers will be held on March 31.

There will be a three mile run/walk with registration set for $30.

Registration forms can be picked up at Granite Sports or online at secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=131003.

Race-day check in and registration is from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Granite Sports with the race set to begin at 1 p.m.

There will be race T-shirts, a post-race feed and over $10,000 in door prizes.

All proceeds go to benefit Hill City High School scholarships.

Finally, it is never too early to start thinking about Easter, and what better way to have your little one enjoy the holiday than by going  to an Easter egg hunt?

The Hill City Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 13. Pre-hunt lineup begins at 9:45 a.m. The hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m.

The Easter Bunny, along with his helpers, will be on hand to take photos and give out high-fives. Prizes will be handed out for three age groups: 0-3, 4-7 and 8-11.

The Easter Egg Hunt is put on by the vistitor and information center and the Hill City Chamber of Commerce staff.

The eggs are stuffed by the Hill City Boys and Girls Club of the Black Hills.

Participants can empty their plastic eggs and place them in special tubs for the staff to recycle.

In terms of the weather, after this snow storm hits on Wednesday through Thursday, conditions are expected to improve. According to Intellicast, temperatures will be consistently in the 40s and 50s after Friday.

Looking further into the spring, temperatures are consistently in the 50 degree range through the middle of April, according to Intellicast.

After that, temperatures rise into the 60 degree range, and by the end of May, temperatures average in the 70 degree range.

So if Hill City and the surrounding areas can weather this storm, there is much to look forward to this spring.