Philip as Capital for a Day set for August 28

Governor Mike Rounds has announced that the City of Philip will be South Dakota Capital for a Day on Thursday, August 28. The event will be held at the Philip High School Armory, and a complete agenda will be released at a later date.

"Capital for a Day brings government to the people," said Governor Rounds. "Those who are unable to travel to Pierre on a regular basis have an opportunity to discuss their issues with the different agencies. It also gives state employees a chance to learn more about activities in the region. I'm looking forward to visiting the Philip community and learning about topics important to the people living there."

"I am very honored on behalf of our citizens, to welcome Governor Rounds and state government to Philip, 'Capital for a Day,' on August 28, 2008," said Mayor John Hart. "The hospitality that Philip will extend is what makes our community special and why we hope that you will return."

The Philip City Council has approved $7,500 to hold the event. Officially the city council members and their spouses will be the hosts, though the council encourages all the citizens, organizations and businesses in the Philip area to be part of the public relations and information exchange.

The schedule of events begins at 2:30 p.m. with state employees touring Philip and participating in various meetings and roundtable discussions throughout Philip. Simultaneously, a Fatal Vision Driving Course will be set up just north of Philip High School. Individuals can put on a pair of fatal vision goggles and take a driving test to simulate the impairment caused by drinking and driving.

From 3:30 to 4:00 p.m., Governor Rounds will meet with local students for an invitation-only open discussion.

The free Capital for a Day Expo at the Philip High School Armory will run from 4:30 to 5:30. Attendees may talk one-on-one with Gov. Rounds, cabinet members and elected officials.

The catered public dinner will be from 5:30 to 6:30. Everyone except the state visitors will need advance $5 tickets to attend, with all proceeds to be divided up among the non-profit organizations that helped with the event.

At 6:00 p.m., Gov. Rounds will speak and then ask for questions and advice from the community.