BerettaFest 2021 Proposal – Rapid City, SD. June 23th-27th

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Due to issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with concern of the health and safety of our attending members, it is with a heavy heart that we are informing the community that BerettaFest 2020 will be postponed until 2021. We will keep the same event location and itinerary for 2021 as was planned for this year (Rapid City, SD). The event dates for next year will be June 23rd-27th, 2021.

As an event that brings people close together, the BerettaFest Committee just couldn’t figure out how to ensure the viability of the event and safety to its patrons. The Committee explored all options, including cancelling some of the events to save on costs. Several venues cancelled our reservations, and we were informed that the state parks would be closed until mid-July. In the end, it was decided that removing some of the defining events from the itinerary would take too much away from what makes BerettaFest, BerettaFest.

Refunds will be issued to all individuals that have already paid for registration.

The yearly calendar will still be going on, so use this time to get your creative spirit in gear and get some amazing shots ready to submit!

Now let’s take the extra time to make sure your Beretta’s are ready for next year, so we can come back with a bang in 2021!

Signed,
The BFest Committee

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With a wide range of accommodations, an exciting variety of things to do and easy access to the signature activities, attractions, and natural landscapes, Rapid City is the perfect home base for your Black Hills vacation. Encompassing the western and southern borders of Rapid City’s vibrant community, the Black Hills form an expansive 5,000 mile stretch of natural forests, vast canyons, and jagged peaks, offering access to some of the most incredible landscapes in the country and positioning Rapid City as the perfect vantage point for a visit to South Dakota’s historic American frontier. Stay in Rapid City to enjoy all the exciting amenities of a cosmopolitan oasis – great dining, vibrant nightlife, arts and culture – surrounded by the incredible, rugged landscapes of the Badlands and the scenic Black Hills. Whether you explore dramatic caves, cruise scenic highways, visit massive monuments, follow park trails, learn about Native American traditions or live it up in Downtown Rapid City, there is never a shortage of things to do in the Black Hills and every day is another unforgettable, big adventure.

Stay in Rapid City to enjoy all the exciting amenities of a cosmopolitan oasis – great dining, vibrant nightlife, arts and culture – surrounded by the incredible, rugged landscapes of the Badlands and the scenic Black Hills. Whether you explore dramatic caves, cruise scenic highways, visit massive monuments, follow park trails, learn about Native American traditions or live it up in Downtown Rapid City, there is never a shortage of things to do in the Black Hills and every day is another unforgettable, big adventure.

BerettaFest Rapid City Proposed Itinerary:

Wednesday, June 23th:

  • 10am-2pm – BerettaFest CheckIn/Registration at the hotel.
  • 3pm – Tour of the Cosmos Mystery Area! This famed location has had people scratching their heads for years, as the house and surrounding property seem to defy the laws of physics and nature! $11 per adult, $6 for kids 5-12, under 4 are free. https://www.cosmosmysteryarea.com
  • 3pm – (Optional) – Visit the Reptile Gardens! A huge indoor/outdoor reptile zoo with many rare species only seen here! Adults are $18, kids 5-12 are $12 and 4 and under are free. https://www.reptilegardens.com
  • 6pm – BerettaFest annual Taco Night! (Kick off the weekend with the tastiest tacos this side of the rockies!)

Thursday, June 24th:

  • 9:30am – Depart for Devil’s Tower National Monument – 100 mile drive through some of the prettiest country you will ever see!
  • 11:30pm – Meet at Devil’s Tower Gulch restaurant for group lunch. Lunch items are $9-12. This is less than a 1/2 mile from the park entrance.
  • 1:00pm – Head into Devil’s Tower National Park. Cost is $25 per vehicle (we can carpool from the restaurant or visitors center parking if desired). Multiple group shot opportunities in and outside of the park. https://www.nps.gov/deto/index.htm
  • 2:30pm – Depart Devil’s Tower Park and head back to hotel.
  • 5:00pm – Depart hotel for Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper and Music Show. Fort Hays was used in the movie Dances with Wolves, and you’ll get get to explore the film set while we wait for dinner to begin. After eating an authentic chuckwagon dinner from the best chuckwagon menu in the west, we get to enjoy the Fort Hays Wranglers music variety show! $34 for Adults and $17 for children ages 5-12 (4 and under are free) https://mountrushmoretours.com/fort-hay … iety-show/

Friday, June 25th:

  • 10am – Depart hotel for Mount Rushmore National Park.
  • 10:30am – Mount Rushmore National Park. There is no cost to enter, however parking is $10/car. Once inside, there are multiple paths to explore which bring you closer to the monument, including the famous “Presidential Trail” which is 0.6 miles long with 422 stairs and gets you up close and personal with the mountain sculpture. https://www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm
  • 12:00pm – Group lunch at the Carver’s Cafe restaurant in the visitors center. Lunch items are between $9-12 each, and we get to eat under Washington’s Nose!
  • 1pm-3pm – Crazyhorse Memorial. There are a variety of tour options available for this historic site, but the standard fee for entrance is $7/person if you walk, or $12/person if you drive in. We will be working to secure a group rate as we get closer to the event.
  • 3pm-6pm – Custer State Park is less than 10 miles away and boasts some of the largest granite peaks in the country. It’s also home to the famed Needles Highway (https://www.visitrapidcity.com/things-t … es-highway), 37 miles of CRAZY driving roads that make the Tail of the Dragon look more like the Tail of the Gardner Snake. There are multiple spots for group photos as well! We will be heading back to the hotel via this path for those interested
  • 6pm – Friday Night Street Legal Drag Racing at Sturgis Dragway! It’s 35 minutes from Rapid City, and has plenty of facilities for those bold enough to race, and those who just want to cheer on everyone else! Racers are $25/30 (Bracket) and spectators are $10. Racing starts at 7pm and usually ends about 10pm.
  • 6pm – (Optional for non-drag racers) Downtown Rapid City tour of the “City of Presidents”, a series of life-size bronze statues of our nation’s past presidents along 6 blocks of the city’s streets and sidewalks. This is free and is right in the heart of downtown with plenty of shops and restaurants to enjoy.

Saturday, June 26th:

  • 10am – Leave hotel for Canyon Lake Park in Rapid City
  • 10:30 – 3pm – Picnic, CarShow, and Food at Canyon Lake Park, Shelter #3. Reservable, parking for 50 cars, and includes grill, electricity and bathrooms.
  • 4pm – Free time at Hotel or to explore city. There are several Alpine Slides, Go-Karts, and downtown activities to choose from, or just hang out in the parking lot and make new friends as we change out the failed fuel pumps or work on the OBD1/2 hybrid dumpster fires!

Sunday, June 27th:

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(Lets make this picture with Berettas!)

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