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Aberdeen is located in the James River Valley in northeast South Dakota. Combined with its surrounding areas, there is a total local population of roughly 40,000 people. The climate is prone to extreme highs and lows in temperature in the hottest and coldest epochs of the year. The Lakota Sioux people inhabited this area prior to it being taken over by European descendants. In the 1820s the first fur posts were settled here to trade with the aboriginals. In 1881, the town was founded with the arrival of the railroad.
Ninety five percent of the population is white. Indigenous people make up some 3% and the rest are of other races and mixed backgrounds. A few performing arts organisations are based here. The downtown Recreation and Cultural Center is the hub of many performance and sporting events. The town is home to 3 golf courses, dozens of tennis courts and a skate park among other sporting facilities. There is a family swimming centre since 2007 as well as natural outdoor recreational facilities.
A bus line connects to larger cities in this state and adjoining states. There are close to 1000 guest rooms for visitors and 286 campsites in all here. There are nearly 100 restaurants, take out places and coffee shops and roughly 15 bars and clubs in all. Hunting and fishing are major pastimes for locals and for many visitors. Waterfowl and big game are hunted in nearby forested areas.
There are 23 parks, each one with distinct facilities and attractions. A Minor League baseball team is based here and college sports, particularly basketball, are played by both men and women. A broad variety of wildlife areas and historic sites and museum can be found a short distance from here throughout the region.
The Commercial Historic District in the downtown area is on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988. The downtown concentrates most restaurants, entertainment and social venues.
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The Capitol Theatre is a historic theatre that is the site of the annual South Dakota Film Festival. It is held for 3 days in September. The festival features films from the Great Plains Regionís filmmakers. (http://www.southdakotafilmfest.org/)
The Brown County Fair is held for 1 week between mid and late August. Stock Car racing, rodeo competition and a Demolition Derby are among the main events. Arts and crafts, entertainment and livestock displays are also part of the many activities. This fair began in the 1880s. (http://www.thebrowncountyfair.com/)
In late July, the Storybook Land Park celebrates its annual festival, which began in 2005. Admission is free. Actors and entertainers depict the parkís characters as reading and storytelling are promoted among the young. (http://www.aberdeen.sd.us/parks/strylnd.html)
For more than 60 years the first days of January have witnessed the celebration of the Aberdeen Snow Queen Festival. The banquet, talent contest and crowning occur at the Aberdeen Cultural Center & Arena and the Ramada Inn. (http://www.sdglaciallakes.com/CalendarEventDetail3.cfm?Event=Details&PassID=184)
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Northwest Airlines and Delta provide service from Sydney (SYD) to this destiantion (ABR). The shortest estimated travel time is 21 hours and 42 minutes. Most flights stretch to nearly 30 hours. Consular service in the Midwestern US for Australian citizens is provided by the Consulate-General based in Chicago. (http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/ChicagoCG.html)