Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Booth Weekend kicks off the summer season

The summer is just around the corner, and kicking off the 2014 summer season at the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery is Booth Weekend, starting on Friday, May 9th.

The hatchery is and has been one of Spearfish's greatest attractions and sees over 150,000 visitors each year. The historic structures, elaborate archive collection, and serene beautiful grounds are just a few of the features that make this free attraction a must see for all who venture to Spearfish.

Events for the weekend start with a community social and awards ceremony starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 9, in Ruby's Garden located on the hatchery grounds behind the Booth House. During the social, the awards ceremony will take place honoring the 2014 Special Friends of the Hatchery. Crow Peak Brewing Co., Spearfish's local micro-brewery, will be sponsoring the event with beverages and light hors' d'oeuvres.

Then on Saturday, May 10th, the annual Thoen Stone Seven Walk/Run will take place with walkers starting at 7:30 a.m. and runners beginning at 9 a.m. The Thoen Stone Seven is a seven-mile course that showcases the wonderful Spearfish Landscape as participants ascend Lookout Mountain. Check-in for the event will be at the hatchery gift shop.

A new feature for this year's for the race is an option for teams to compete with each other. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest team and for the team with the best costumes. After the race a free pancake feed will be offered for all participants.

To register for the Thoen Stone event, send $25 to the Booth Society to receive your membership benefits and registration form, or register at check-in on May 10th.

The grounds are open from dawn to dusk every day and the Pond Gift Shop, Von Bayer Museum, the hatchery railcar, and the Booth House will be open through the end of September daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guided tours are also available.

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