Dakota Western Heritage Festival Organizers Ready for September Gathering

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FORT PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) With just a month left before the annual Dakota Western Heritage Festival takes place, organizers indicate that this year’s event will bring some great entertainers, exhibitors and demonstrations.  Gary Heintz co-organizes the event with Carmen Cowan Woodward.  The September 12-14 event will be centered at the Expo Center in Fort Pierre, but some festival activities will take place at locations in Pierre.  Heintz says volunteers are working on some final details in the remaining weeks left.

Heintz says this year brings some new activities.  He says on the 12th, local youth can join a workshop at Rawlins Library on making musical instruments.  Also, there will be a special feature during the festival for quilt lovers.

There will be a Cowboy Music Jam at Pierre Music on September 12.  The 13th and 14th will bring full days to the Expo Center with cowboy poets and musicians, exhibits and vendors of western art and crafts.  Heintz says people can catch demonstrations of crafts like braiding leather to boot making, and silver and gold-smithing.   A concert on the evening of the 13th at the Grand Opera House will feature Yvonne Hollenbeck, Bonnie Krogman, Jean Prescott and Kevin Davis.  Heintz says the festival is centered on western traditions that were once prominent throughout the Midwest.

Heintz says the festival keeps getting bigger since it started a few years ago-and will likely continue to grow.

The festival has a new website, at www.dakotawesternheritagefest.com and information can also be found on the festival’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DakotaWesternHeritageFestival.

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