HOW TO: ATTEND YOUR FIRST LEGISLATIVE CRACKERBARREL

Good afternoon!

When you think "crackerbarrel," do you think of the restaurant or a political event? If your answer was "restaurant," read further to learn all about our local Legislative Crackerbarrel events and how you can prepare to get the most out of them!

Here’s our simple 3-step Crackerbarrel break-down for first-time attendees:

1. Show up! 

Crackerbarrels are platforms to provide information and answer questions about the legislative topics that matter to you as an individual, or as a member of a larger group. Click here to view a list of new 2021 bills currently being discussed in our SD legislative session. You are not required to ask questions or participate in any way – just observing is fine!

2. Meet your legislators! 

The best part about attending a Crackerbarrel is that you get to meet your district legislators face-to-face. The environment is casual and upbeat, a bit like visiting a good friend. Sturgis is located in District 29, but if you’re not in the Sturgis area you can look up your own legislators by clicking here.

3. Ask questions and provide input!

After you’ve reviewed the current bills and met your legislators, it’s time to start asking questions and let them know where you and/or your group stand. This step is vital – speaking up and communicating ideas is how we make positive change! Be sure to bring a list of any important questions or topics you want to have a discussion about. Your questions can be as general or detailed as you wish.

That’s it! Political events can be intimidating, but a Crackerbarrel is truly an informal and friendly way to get your foot in the door, meet our local politicians, and be heard. Our 2021 District 29 Legislative Crackerbarrels in Sturgis will be held on the second floor of the Meade County Erskine Building at 1300 Sherman Street from 9am to 11am on Saturday, February 6th and again at the same time on Saturday, March 6th. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

Veronica Grosek
Executive Director
Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau