The Racing Presidents, mascots for the Washington Nationals baseball team, stopped by Mount Rushmore as part of their tour of the Black Hills.
The mascots, modeled after Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, and their newest addition William Howard Taft, are in the area to promote their team as spring training begins.
Tourism leaders say the visit is priceless for South Dakota tourism.
"They're picking up footage that will be played at every home game on the east coast with the Washington Nationals, reminding people that Mount Rushmore is real, it's in South Dakota, it's in the Black Hills. Hopefully, enticing more of the wholesome tourism we like to see," said Nort Johnson, President of the Black Hills, Badlands and Lakes Association.
"Yesterday, we took them snowmobiling, took them down to Saloon 10 in Deadwood, obviously were here today at Mount Rushmore, and we're going to check out some buffalo later today," said Tom Davis, Entertainment Manager for the Washington Nationals.
Other places that the mascots visited during their three-day trip to South Dakota included Custer State Park, Wall Drug Store and Deadwood.