Young Guns

De Smet is what it is today because we have great leaders with big dreams. Young Guns is a group of young people who focus on keeping De Smet a great place to live, work and raise a family. This fun but purposeful group promotes projects and activities in De Smet for social and economic development. The group meets reguarly and has over fifty members. There is no age limit and most members are between 18 to 40+ years old. Young Guns is about encouraging young leaders with fresh ideas to get involved and make a difference in their community. Contact Jason Baszler at (605) 854-3321 for more info.

Young Guns activities include: Creating an assortment of multigenerational fun-filled social events; Investing in the importance of modelling for future-generations by increasing comunity efforts; and arising to challenges, often collaborating with other organizations, to strengthen our progressive and vibrant community, De Smet.


5th Annual Wilder Run

The 5th annual Wilder Run was on June 11, 2016. Join us again next year and take a run through the "Little Town on the Prairie" for The 'Wilder' Run 5K, 10K & Kids run during Old Settler's Day. You will love the routes! The run/walk begins at 8am at the new De Smet Events Wellness Center and takes you on a tour of beautiful De Smet, including tourist attractions including historic homes, Washington Park, Loftus Store and and historic downtown De Smet. The Kids run (ages 2-12) is a run around the new track! While you're here, stay all day and enjoy the entertainment and festivities of Old Settler's Day. Registration can be done online or in person at American Bank & Trust or Dakotaland Federal Credit Union. The event is sponsored by LIW Elemetary PTO.

Celebrate! De Smet

Celebrate! De Smet was an event to celebrate all the good things happening in De Smet and to  honor those who were responsible for them. One goal of the De Smet Young Guns is to hold events that cater to all generations. It is important for both younger people and ‘wiser’ people to connect. That’s how our community will continue thriving while staying true to our roots. The evening included an awards presentation, dinner from Countryview Catering, décor from Hitch Design Studio, a performance by the De Smet High School Show Choir, and live entertainment by Eclipse. Tickets were sold out two weeks prior to the event.
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Halloween Party

Each year, the Young Guns Halloween party is a fantastic event with incredible costumes. The entire community old & young (over 21) is invited attend and celebrate this spooky event on October 31st. Prizes are given out for the best costumes. Be creative!

Day of Caring

Young Guns and the De Smet School planned a Day of Caring in De Smet last Spring. It was a great chance for the entire community to come together and spruce up our wonderful town.

Family Potluck Pinic & Summer Games

This is an event for the whole family event in Washington Park. Families and indivduals come together to hotdogs, buns and bottled water at this beautiful location. Over 100 people attended the family picnic in the past. Thanks to our grill-master, Cory Beck for serving up the hot dogs! The weather was beautiful and it was fun getting together with our kids.

Wilder Night

Get ready for a "Wilder Night." This is a successful Young Guns event you won't want to miss! Sample South Dakota's finest wines and brews while enjoying live music and Hors D'oeuvres from Countryview Catering.


Candidates Forum

De Smet matters and your voice is important! This event gives voters a chance to get to know their candidates, ask questions and learn about their ideas to make informed decisions.


Other Events

  • Softball field project

  • Football field project