SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — First Friday is a regular warm-weather event in downtown Sioux Falls, and Friday night was no exception. But it might have been the last one featuring agreeable weather in 2019.
At first glance, it looks and feels like your typical First Friday downtown: people hanging out, walking around, taking in the scene, maybe enjoying some pizza. But sunlight is giving way to dusk earlier and earlier, leaving the street lights to capture these scenes.
“We’re just enjoying the nice weather, taking advantage of it, going to different shops,” Katie Rivers of Sioux Falls said.
“We really like coming downtown Sioux Falls, typically on Friday and Saturday nights, and hanging out downtown, enjoying the beautiful weather down here,” Alyssa Gilbertson of Sioux Falls said.
As we all know, though, this weather will soon change.
“I’m not ready for another winter; I’m good,” Rivers said. “So we’re going to enjoy the sunshine and warmth all we can.”
“I do like the winter, I personally do,” Gilbertson said. “But I like this weather right now.”
Not everyone here tonight is local, either.
“We live in Pierre Part, Louisiana, which is near Baton Rouge,” Drew Michel said. “Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans.”
“It’s in the sticks,” Peggy Michel said.
“We live in the swamp,” Drew Michel said.
It’s their first time in South Dakota.
“We’re here because … we’ve traveled all over the world, literally,” Drew Michel said.
“Both worked overseas,” Peggy Michel said.
“Literally all over the world,” Drew Michel said. “But we just got to thinking, we’ve never seen Mount Rushmore. And we’ve never seen south of North Dakota.”
“Or the Badlands,” Peggy Michel said.