Where can I get a hold of one of these brochures?
The first article was from Robert Morast in the Life section of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader referring to how Taco Johns was apparently now a South Dakota Tourist attraction:
Recently, the South Dakota tourism office sent out a "Great Getaways" brochure that highlighted eight of our state's attractions. Under the heading "Land of Cultural Variety," the flier - which was distributed in-state - showcased the likes of Brookings' McCrory Gardens Party, Huron's city murals and Taco John's.Ouch. You can read it here. But the criticism of the brochure doesn't end there. Apparently the brochure made Huron mad as well. As in the whole town of Huron. Why? Because while it did include the venerable institution of "Taco Johns" (where there's a whole lot of Mexican going on), it sort of left something else out:
Yes, our state is pimping a fast food chain serving diluted Mexican recipes alongside South Dakota thumbprints like DeSmet's Laura Ingalls Wilder heritage.
Apparently, as the flier says, "great tacos and burritos are practically synonymous with Taco John's and South Dakota."
When did this happen? I'm still trying to comprehend the mystery of the local delicacy chislic, and now the state tourism office is telling us that tacos and burritos are part of our state's DNA?
So, was Black Elk, like, sitting around the fire 130 years ago rolling burritos with his boys and telling stories over the crunching sound of hard shell tacos?
South Dakota State Fair Advisory Board members were miffed Tuesday that the latest state tourism brochure omits any mention of the 2007 State Fair.Read that here. And you know what's worse? My wife told me we got one of these in the paper, but it went out in the trash. Aaaargh! I want one. I want one.
Several members suggested that letters, e-mails and telephone calls be made by each member of the commission to the tourism director about the matter.
Commissioner Ed Goss of Belle Fourche said the fair has been fighting this omission for the past seven years.
State Fair Manager Susan Hayward said she relies on Peggy Woolridge of the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau to send the information to the state.
She said Woolridge was “just as surprised” that the information was omitted from the latest brochures.
Commissioner Dick Shelton said the omission “is inexcusable.”
“I think the governor should be apprised of the issue,” he added.
I want a brochure, that is. But hold the state fair sauce. It always gives me an upset stomach.