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Sanford Lab's free science festival is made possible through the generosity of our sponsors and partners.

We are very grateful to the following organizations and people for their commitment to the success of this event.


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Black Hills Energy

Black Hills Energy has been improving life with energy in the Black Hills of South Dakota since 1883. We’re an investor-owned company, and part of the Black Hills Corporation, (BHK) family. Our customers in the Black Hills region live throughout western South Dakota, northeast Wyoming and southeast Montana. Our success is founded upon providing safe, reliable energy when and where it’s needed, and through our commitment to live and work safely every day.

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Regional Health

Regional Health is an integrated health care system with the purpose of helping patients and communities live well. The organization, with headquarters in Rapid City, S.D., provides community-based health care in more than 20 communities in two states and 32 specialty areas of medicine. As the largest private employer in western South Dakota, Regional Health comprises five hospitals, 24 clinic locations and employs nearly 5,000 physicians and caregivers. Regional Health is committed to the future of medicine, with medical training partnerships, a medical residency program, and more than 130 active research studies.


South Dakota Public Broadcasting

South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) is an important resource for the community of South Dakota by broadcasting programs that educate with outreach projects statewide. SDPB broadcasts more than 150 hours of programming each year and is proud to offer education resources for all of the citizens of South Dakota. Millions of people utilize the website yearly. SDPB will be broadcasting live from nearly a mile underground at Sanford Lab for Neutrino Day on Friday, July 12, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

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South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines)

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a thriving research university preparing leaders in engineering and science. Located in Rapid City, South Dakota, SD Mines is involved in five high-level scientific research projects being conducted or planned a mile underground at the Sanford Laboratory and was recently named “#1 Best Public University for Return on Investment” by The Wall Street Journal.



Mike Headley and Elizabeth Freer
Mike Headley is the SDSTA Executive Director and the Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab) Laboratory Director. Elizabeth Freer is the Principal and Owner of Dialogue Creative Consulting and Project Management. Mike and Elizabeth are married with one child and live in Spearfish, South Dakota. They are both passionate supporters of Sanford Lab's K-12 STEM education activities.



Mile Up Marketing Solutions

Mile Up Marketing Solutions was created because their team saw a need for someone to help small businesses with marketing. They thought, “If only someone would tell them they can have a great sign in front of their building.”  Or, “I wish they had a website.”  They want to be that much needed help. Many small businesses can’t afford to have a marketing person on staff and big marketing companies can be scary, intimidating and expensive. That’s where they come in. They are down-to-earth and can work with almost any budget. Most importantly, they have the expertise to get you results.

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The HomeSlice Group

The HomeSlice Group is a conglomerate of media and entertainment businesses operating in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Its market-leading cluster of radio stations includes KAT Country 98.7, Hot 93.1, 93.9 The Mix, 100.3 The Fox, Smash Hits KKLS, and KBHB – The Big 81. Other operations include Rapid Digital Solutions, the Loud American Roadhouse, and is the world-wide exclusive Licensing Agent of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™.

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KXMZ – HITS 102.7

Today’s best hits—without the rap! This radio station is produced by Haugo Broadcasting and brings the Black Hills its own selection of music based on listener trends and preferences. Tune in to HITS 102.7 on your radio or online via a phone, computer, or mobile device for live, local broadcasting.

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KEVN TV began broadcasting in the Black Hills area in 1976. Twenty years later, it became the local FOX affiliate. Today, it is known as KEVN Black Hills FOX TV. KEVN produces two local news broadcasts: The Six, weeknights at 6 p.m., and Black Hills FOX news at 9 p.m., Monday–Sunday at 9 p.m. KEVN is part of Gray Television.

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Haggerty's Musicworks

Haggerty’s Musicworks was established in 1979 as the musical branch of the Haggerty’s department store. Since then, Haggerty’s Musicworks has spent 40 years serving the musical needs of the Black Hills community, always striving to provide exceptional and friendly service to all musicians. From guitars, drums, and basses, to band and orchestra instuments; Haggerty’s goal is to help all people find and foster their passion for music.

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Simpsons Printing

Simpsons has been designing, printing and distributing communications-related products across the upper mid-west since 1965. Three generations have built a thriving family business through investing in their employees and implementing ground breaking technology to serve customers' needs. From start to finish, projects are completed with handcrafted professionalism and pride.

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Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University (BHSU) provides the ideal environment for collegiate educational opportunities for nearly 4,500 students. Our location, just minutes from the Sanford Lab, affords many unique research and outreach opportunities for our students, faculty and staff. Through the Sanford Science Education Center, a collaboration with Sanford Lab, BHSU taps the synergies of deep underground science and the University's legacy of preparing educators to provide outreach to schools and communities throughout the region.

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All In One Event Center

A full-service performance and event facility in downtown Lead. 

Phone: (605) 641-2136

Address: 501 South Main Street

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