Summer Nights comes to a close, continues to grow. - KOTA Territory News

Summer Nights comes to a close, continues to grow.


Kyra Newsom comes out to Summer Nights In Rapid City at least once a month, and has done so for the past five years.

"I think it's cool because it brings you downtown and it's something different," said Newsom.

As the saying goes all good things must come to an end and Thursday that was the case for Summer Nights. While the event seemed to fly by and only is held during the summer, Newsom says only having it a few times makes it better.

"If they did it all the time it wouldn't be different, it would be the same thing over and over," said Newsom.

This is the 6th year of Summer Nights and each year the event grows a little bit more.

"The event could continue to grow for years to come.It is much bigger this year than we ever anticipated it would be when we started six years ago," said Sandy Schwan, Summer Nights president.

This year a new venue was added on 7th Street which added more live music to the event. Also the family area was made bigger and more vendors were brought in. 

"The vendors on 7th have reported significant increases in their revenues this year and we're happy about that," said Schwan.

With an event that has grown, it seems like crime might be a problem, but officers on patrol say that's not that case at all.

"It's a safe event because the police department puts several officers down here in conjunction with the sheriff's office, just to have a presence and make sure the people from our community can enjoy themselves," said Jim Ronfeldt, traffic crash investigator for the Rapid City Police Department.

Officers also say that this years traffic flowed a lot more smoothly than years past because of different road closures.

"With Main Street being open, that makes the traffic not back up on other streets," said Ronfeldt.

So as the last Summer Nights comes to an end, those who have attended, as well as Kyra Newsom, will have to sit back and wait until next year for the festivities to begin again.

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