Planning Continues for 2014 Dakota Western Heritage Festival

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FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Organizers have been working to get ready for this fall’s Dakota Western Heritage Festival. The annual event returns to the Expo Center in Fort Pierre September 13 & 14. Festival co-chair Gary Heintz says volunteers began working on the event right after the 2013 festival wrapped up. Once again, the weekend will bring cowboy music and poetry, demonstrations and exhibits by regional artisans and much more. Entry to the Expo will be free and people can take in various Freedom Stage performances. One of the performers offering a workshop at the festival will be “The Gypsy Cowbell”, a woman who calls herself “Miss V”. Heintz says she lives as a homesteader-doing chores the old fashioned way. He says she will be part of the festival weekend, but will also make other local appearances before the festival starts.

More information about “Miss V” is available at Some others expected to demonstrate their skills include a woman who will show how to utilize wool from the pasture to the spinning wheel. There will also be a husband/wife team from Dupree expected to show off their skills at saddlemaking and silversmithing.
Heintz says the group is still looking for area citizens who have historical or western heritage items they’d willing to offer for display at the Expo Center during the weekend.

As for performances planned at the Opera House in Pierre, Heintz says the list includes such talent as Jean Prescott, Yvonne Hollenbeck and Bonnie Krogman. Tickets will be sold for the Opera House portion of the weekend. Heintz says they are also planning an informal music session near upper Pierre Street on the Friday before the festival and a music jam after the concert at the Opera House on September 14th. People can follow Heritage Festival developments through the group’s Facebook page at

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