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2019 Western Heritage Festival

2019 Western Heritage Festival

The eighth annual Dakota Western Heritage Festival will be held September 13 -15, 2019 at the Expo Center in Ft. Pierre. Activities include a one – day wagon train on Friday , September 13, followed by a benefit steak feed sponsored by the Hayes volunteer fire department.

The Festival is the culmination of a year-long youth poetry/music contest involving students from local and surrounding schools. Cash awards and plaques will be presented and the youth will perform their original poetry and music. Involving the youth is a way of increasing their awareness and appreciation of the local and family histories.

Of special historical interest, Curt Mortensen and John Burkholder will present histories of their families, from the time they brought cattle to the prairie west of the Missouri River, then homesteaded and took advantage of the free open range until it disappeared behind barbed wire. Curt and John will have stories, photos and maps to share. If you have an interest in how it was back before fences, be sure to attend the Dakota Western Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 14th.

There will be displays and demonstrations all three days of the Festival, including boot makers, hat makers, rope makers, silversmiths, antique quilts, a huge display of saddles made by South Dakota saddle makers, with many of the craftsmen there to tell about their work.

Sunday will begin with cowboy church, followed by a cowboy breakfast and the day will end with music by Plains Folk. Come and join us for a great weekend of celebration of the traditions and lifestyle of the West!

2019 Western Heritage Festival Schedule