Hyde County, South Dakota is the Pin Tail Duck Capital of the world. Visit scenic Highmore, SD in 2006!
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You grew up in rural South Dakota if…

Many of my readers may have been asking themselves what it is like to have grown up in rural South Dakota. For those who have wondered, here are some clues.

  • You know how to polka , but never tried it sober….
  • You know what knee-high by the Fourth of July means.
  • You know it is traditional for the bride and groom to go bar hopping between the reception and wedding dance.
  • You know the difference between “Green” and “Red” farm machinery, and would fight with your friends on the playground over which was better!
  • You buy Christmas presents at Fleet Farm or Tractor Supply Co.
  • You spent more on beer & liquor than you did on food at your wedding.
  • You hear someone use the word “oof-dah” or “Holy Buckets” and you don’t break into uncontrollable laughter.
  • You or someone you know was a “Beef Queen or Dairy Princess” at the county fair.
  • You know that “combine” is a noun.
  • You let your older siblings talk you into putting your tongue on a steel post in the middle of winter, or peeing on a electric fence.
  • You think Lutheran and Catholic are THE major religions.
  • You know that “creek” rhymes with “pick”.
  • Football schedules, branding calves and weaning, hunting season and harvest are all taken into consideration before wedding dates are set.
  • If the sun is out, its really windy, and your getting wet….better get on upside to moving livestock.
  • A Friday night date is getting a six-pack and taking your girlfriend shining for deer.
  • Saturday you go to your local bowling alley.
  • Cruising “main” last for 6 blocks.
  • There was at least one kid in your class who had to help milk cows in the morning… phew!
  • You have driven your car on the lake.
  • You can make sense of “upnort” and “batree”.
  • Every wedding dance you have ever been to has the hokey pokey and the chicken dance.
  • Your definition of a small town is one that only has one bar.
  • If a road you’re driving on has more than 3 curves to a mile…..you are nearing or in the Black Hills.
  • Your vocabulary still includes, “Yes, Mam’ and No,Sir”
  • The local gas station sells live bait, next to the local jerked beef and homemade jam.
  • At least twice a year some part of your home doubles as a meat processing plant.
  • You understand that brakes on silage trucks are considered a luxury.
  • “Bulldoggin'” is an event.
  • As the American flag passes, you are on your feet and have removed your hat, your hand is over your heart, or someone behind you gives you slap on the head reminder to do so.
  • You think that the start of deer & pheasant season is a national holiday.
  • You understand the true meaning to “snipe” hunting.
  • Pop is the only name for soda.
  • The trip into town for school, takes longer than your lunch period.
  • “Crown Royal” has nothing to do with nobility.
  • You actually understand these jokes and will forward them to all your South Dakota friends!!!!!

      This page was last updated July 2, 2006.

Richard Harter’s World
Site map
July 2006
Hyde County, South Dakota is the Pin Tail Duck Capital of the world. Visit scenic Highmore, SD in 2006!