Courtesy South Dakota Dept. of Tourism
Pierre, S.D., population 13,000, is kept busy with many visitors and frequent meetings by virtue of being the state capital.
Nine hotels offer the usual variety of meeting spaces, but for something unique and Western, Lois Ries, director of the Pierre CVB, recommends the CaseyTibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center.
“We have a powwow or a rodeo there all the time,” she said.
The center, in Fort Pierre, is a historical museum devoted to South Dakota rodeo history and its stars. Among its collections are those of nine-time world champion saddle bronc rider and namesake Casey Tibbs and Mattie Goff Newcombe, the phenomenal trick rider of the 1920s.
The center’s state-of-the-art Newcombe Conference Center, with views of the Missouri River, can accommodate gatherings of 250. Groups can be entertained by seeing artifacts and hearing stories about rodeo, South Dakota’s No. 1 sport.