Find Your Park Festival helps public discover what's right in their backyard

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National Parks are a major economic force in the Black Hills, and on Saturday families had the chance to learn what park is right for them in downtown Rapid City.

People took to Main Street Square for the third annual Find Your Park Festival.

According to the National Park Service, more than 5 million visitors explored South Dakota's national parks in 2017, generating $290 million in visitor spending.

The Mount Rushmore Society organized "Find Your Park," and they say Mount Rushmore and all the other local, state, and national parks are important to our heritage.

"It (Mount Rushmore) was created for the main purpose for driving tourism to south Dakota and it really has achieved its goal. Our national parks are one of the reasons why people come to South Dakota so it's important to make sure that they thrive and for visitors and locals to know that they are here," Debbie Speas said, Communications Director, Mount Rushmore Society.

Speas hopes the government continues to protect these sources of recreation and revenue for future generations to come.