2017-01-11 / More News

Changes to Rapid City Crackerbarrel format

The Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Governmental Affairs Committee, in cooperation with the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines), will host the first legislative crackerbarrel on January 21 in the Didier Education Center in the Classroom Building on the SD Mines campus from 9 to 11 a.m.

The Rapid City Crackerbarrels continue to be highly attended events where citizens are able to hear from their legislators on issues that are important to them. As attendance and engagement continues to increase, the Rapid City Chamber is making changes to the crackerbarrel format to allow for more questions from the audience and a broader range of topics to be addressed. Starting with the first crackerbarrel, we will ask audience members to submit their questions in a written format to be collected by volunteers and given to the moderator. The moderator will then group similar questions as needed and read them to the legislators. Note cards will be supplied for audience members to write their questions, and questions will be collected throughout the crackerbarrel.

“We understand this is a large change and may need to be tweaked as we go. But we are excited about the opportunity to improve on these popular events and allow for more questions to be addressed.” said Linda Rabe, President & CEO of the Rapid City Chamber. Along with the written question format, the Chamber will make other small modifications to create time for more questions from the audience to be addressed.

The Chamber hosts the Rapid City Crackerbarrels to engage the citizens in the legislative process. These events are free and open to the community.

Other crackerbarrels are scheduled for February 4, February 25 and March 4. Please contact the Chamber at 343- 1744 or online at for more information.

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