I'm back.

I'm back from the State Quarter dedication with a brand spanking new roll of South Dakota State Quarters, and I'm beat. Although, I do see the Rapid City Journal is one of the members of the media already covering it:
South Dakota became the 40th state immortalized on a U.S. Mint quarter during a ceremony at Mount Rushmore's amphitheater.

Edmund Moy, director of the U.S. Mint, joined Gov. Mike Rounds and first lady Jean Rounds at the celebration to pass out free quarters to all children who dropped by.

The design, picked by residents last year, features a Chinese ring-necked pheasant flying over the carved faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. It's bordered by two heads of wheat and the inscriptions "South Dakota" and "1889," the year South Dakota was admitted into the Union.
Read that here. The Rapid City Journal and others were out taking pictures of the event. So... if you see a pictures of someone wearing a hat and a black and green coat in the vicinity of a pheasant mascot, that was me.

It was actually very, very well attended with the Mt. Rushmore amphitheatre filled to the brim. And lots of politicos there. Aside from the Gov and First lady, Representatives Gordon Pederson, Larry Rhoden, and Tom Hennies were there, and Secretary of State Chris Nelson and his family were also out there. On my way back I had a call from State Auditor Rich Sattgast who noted he and his son stopped at the event on the way back from his dad's in Spearfish.

Sorry Rich, I didn't see you. I was too busy attending pheasants.

I didn't know this until today, but Maximum Promotions of Sioux Falls has been providing the services of a pheasant mascot "Ringneck 1" along with "Ringneck 1/2" at a number of venues for the past several years. Chris Nelson had pointed out how he saw the giant pheasant mascot at almost every parade he went to this summer.

I can see why. The school kids loved him.

On another subject, yes I'm taking photos down and slowly getting around to changing links. I should be done this weekend for those who are noting that I haven't gotten it done yet.


Anonymous said…
What is your day job? I know you work for state government, but what department?
PP said…
Nick, e-mail me privately, and I'm happy to respond.

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