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SD: Fort Sisseton Historical Festival Features Period Entertainment and Activities

FORT SISSETON, S.D. – Marching infantry, galloping cavalry,
American Indian dancers, storytellers, music, family entertainment
and more attract thousands of visitors each year to the Fort
Sisseton Historical Festival. Activities begin Friday, June 3, and
run through Sunday, June 5.

Throughout the weekend, festival visitors will enjoy a variety
of historic, cultural and military-related events. Friday’s
festivities begin at 1 p.m. with black powder shooting. A full
evening of entertainment is planned for Friday night, including a
melodrama at 7 p.m. and the Lonesome Rail Bluegrass concert from
8:30 to 10 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday start out with reveille and flag raising at
9:15 a.m. In addition, the popular infantry and cavalry drills are
held both days on the fort’s parade ground.

New this year, the festival will host a Chuck Wagon cook-off.
Cooks will compete for up to $3,000 in prize money. Stop by
Saturday evening to sample their efforts. The following local
businesses are sponsoring the cook-off: Britton and Webster Home
Center, Farmer’s Union Insurance of Sisseton, Buhl’s of Britton,
LREA, Green Iron Equipment of Britton, Full Circle Ag of Britton,
Henehan, Parrow & Kuske Farms and Bobcat, Sisseton Livestock
Auction and Horton’s Processing have donated the meat.

At 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, former Governor Bill and First Lady
Mary Dean Janklow will help dedicate a bronze plaque honoring
former State Senator Curt Jones. The dedication ceremony will take
place on the parade ground.

A variety of activities are held throughout the day on both
Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can view Paintings of Northeast South
Dakota or Immigrants in Dakota Territory as Described in
Photographs. Also, between 3 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, stop by the
Horse Arena for the Antique Tractor Pull.

Entertainers for the weekend will include Civil War songs from
the Pallansch Family, various period storytellers and Fiddler
Nelson. Keep your eye out for Paul Imholte, the Strolling Minstrel,
as he performs his way around the fort grounds.

The Ranch Rodeo will return to the Festival this year starting
at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Ranch Rodeo is a competition that tests
the skills of local cowboys and cowgirls used on a ranch working
livestock.

Daily admission into the festival is $5 per person, age 12 and
older. During the festival weekend, camping is on a first-come,
first-served basis and is available for $20 per night. A park
entrance license is not required during the festival weekend.

For a full schedule of events and times, visit the S.D. state
parks website at www.gfp.sd.gov, or contact Fort Sisseton at
605-448-5474.

Fort Sisseton Historic State Park is located 10 miles SW of Lake
City off SD Hwy 10.

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