2022 Custer State Park Trail Challenge
May 2, 2022

There are hundreds of beautiful hiking trails for people of any fitness level, ranging from easy to strenuous, in Black Hills of South Dakota.  Locals and visitors alike can enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of the forest from any part of the Black Hills, but the Southern Black Hills is lucky enough to have the incredible hikes located within Custer State Park.

Custer State Park has dozens of great hikes, but these 8 hiking trails are part of their "Custer State Park Trail Challenge" which has officially started today, May 2, 2022. This year’s Summer Challenge will end on September 5, 2022.  Along each of the 8 trails, a bronze medallion can be found near a post with a Trail Challenge sign.  To complete the Trail Challenge, participants must hike all the listed trails and collect a rubbing of each of the Trail Challenge medallions on the official form.  The official forms can be picked up at any of the Custer State Park Visitor Centers or the Park Office.  Once all rubbings have been collected, participants can turn the completed forms in at the Custer State Park Visitor Center to receive a Custer State Park Trail Challenge Pin. 

The trails on this summer's challenge are:

  1. Creekside Trail

  2. Barnes Canyon Trail

  3. Lovers Leap

  4. Grace Coolidge Walk-in Fishing Area

  5. Cathedral Spires Trail

  6. Prairie Trail

  7. Stockade Lake

  8. Legion Lake Trail

20 Ways to Celebrate National Holidays
April 11, 2022







As I write this article, it’s not only National Pet Day, it’s also National Barbershop Quartet Day. And I plan to go to bed early to rest up for tomorrow’s big double celebration of National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day and National Big Wind Day.  All in, there are 257 national holidays in April alone. If you’re like me, you may find them hard to keep up with, but they can be a great source of engagement for your business. You just have to know how to use them for maximum return and get a little creative.

Here are a few ideas:


Ways to Celebrate National Holidays

Celebrating these days serves to connect your audience with your business so make sure youhave a little fun with this. You can:


  1. Host a sale based on theholiday.

  2. Provide a discount if your audience plays along like offering something at a discountedprice ifyour customerorders it in a pirate’s voice on National Talk Like a Pirate Day(September 19th, if any of you are tracking that sort of thing).

  3. Write a blog post about it.

  4. Share it on social media.

  5. Create an image post for it.

  6. Create an infographic surrounding it.

  7. Post trivia behind it or associated with the topic.

  8. Ask people to share their pics of it (a really good idea on National Dog Day or othersimilar idea).

  9. Host an event surrounding it.

  10. Host a class that celebrates the day (like a knitting class on National Yarn Day).

  11. Tell a story that ties into the day.

  12. Create a video or lip sync to a song that epitomizes the day.

  13. Takethe idea and change it slightly. Instead of National Talk Like a Pirate Day, create avideo of your cat meowing and add a pirate hat. Suddenly it’s Meow Like a Pirate Day.

  14. Serve up goodies for free in your store on days like National Chocolate Chip CookieDay.Give them away or give one away with purchase.

  15. If you already serve food in your store, create a special around the dayavailable for alimited time only. Be as creative as possible.

  16. Interview someone who knows a lot about the subject of the day.

  17. Create an email campaign around the special day or week of celebration.

  18. Use the holiday to raise awarenessofa cause that’s important to you.

  19. Highlight other businesses celebrating the holiday (like making a list of places offeringfree tacos on National TacoDay).

  20. Host a fun activity for your employees celebrating the day.


Don’t forget to give it a hashtag just in case they want to post the celebration on their social media accounts. National holidays can be a lot of fun, but they can also give you a great opportunity to connect with your business audience. You just need a little creativity, a good content calendar,and these ideas.

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