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Gear & Beer set to return to downtown Sioux Falls

todayMay 9, 2024 2

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — An event showcasing camping gear and local craft beer is making its return to downtown Sioux Falls.

There’s no shortage of camping gear inside Great Outdoor Store, but merchandise will be headed outdoors Saturday, for the annual Gear & Beer event.

“We’ll be outside on the lawn with a lot of different vendors and fun activities and food truck Tavern & Tots will be here, so a lot of fun things for people to do,” Great Outdoor Store owner DeAnn Echols said.

Gear & Beer will feature Tent City on the lawn, craft beer from Remedy Brewing Company, and a variety of competitions, including a Camp Iron Chef cook-off.

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“We have contestants use freeze-dried food and they get to add five ingredients and make something special out of that and then we judge those dishes,” Echols said.

DeAnn Echols owns the Great Outdoor Store and says all proceeds will be used to help expand the trail system in Sioux Falls through the not-for-profit Falls Area SingleTrack.

“They’re an amazing organization that has really helped our community in building mountain bike and hiking trails throughout the parks system in the area. They’ve got another big project coming up to build a bunch of trails out at Great Bear,” Echols said.

“In Sioux Falls, obviously sometimes it isn’t so obvious about outdoor activities that you can do, FAST is working on expanding all of our trail systems in the city,” Events Coordinator Anna Gette said.

Anna Gette is Events Coordinator and says a total of ten vendors will be part of Gear & Beer.

“We have Great Bear coming, Spoke-N-Sport, Falls Area SingleTrack, obviously, Frontier Climbing, there’s so many coming. It’s just a great way to get a lot of our community members together in one area for people that all love the outdoors,” Gette said.

The 7th annual Gear & Beer event runs from 11:00 to 6:00 Saturday, on the lawn at the Great Outdoor Store.

The list of vendors includes: Sylvan Rocks, Dakota Adventure Supply, Spoke-N-Sport, 605 Adventure, Frontier Climbing & Fitness, Great Plains Climbing Coalition, Outdoor Campus, Friends of the Big Sioux River, Great Bear Ski Valley, & Dakota Trout Unlimited.

Written by: The Dam Rock Station

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