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Dupree school students perform at the SD State Capitol, adding to the holiday cheer

Dupree School students, led by their Music Instructor Rex Laughlin and accompanied by Cheral Dekle, entertained many people at the SD State Capitol in Pierre on Saturday, December 15. 

Beginning December 1 and continuing through December 23, “An Enchanted Christmas” at the state’s capitol hosted musical performances from across the state of South Dakota.

Dupree students were one of many schools in the state featured during the series of performances.

People come from all over to enjoy the Christmas displays and Parade of Trees at the Capitol, as well as the musical performances topping off the festive atmosphere. 

The “Enchanted Christmas” included a parade of trees with over 90 trees decorated by volunteers from communities, schools, churches, nonprofit organizations and state government offices.

The holiday display was open to the public from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST daily through December 26 at the Capitol building.

This year marks the 38th annual Christmas at the Capitol celebration.

The display of trees started in 1980 with only a few trees and has grown exponentially since.

Dupree Music Instructor Rex Laughlin with Maxwell Peacock, Erin Lemke, Isaac Brown, Amber Donovan, Kateri Matonis, and Shakinley Lafferty; Alyssa Roark, Megan Hinrichs, Mackenzie Longbrake, Angel Johnson (did a flute solo), and Malory Peacock; Zachary Dekle, Garrick Dekle, and Mariah Jensen; Alan Lemke and Cameron Dekle; Not Pictured: Cheral Dekle.

For more information about the upcoming musical performances at the Capitol, visit