FORT PIERRE SD – The Dakota Western Heritage Festival was held Sept 16th- 18th in the host city of Fort Pierre at the Stanley County Fairgrounds and the Expo Center. A Wagon train kicked off the event on Friday and DRG News had the opportunity to speak with Willie Cowan the Wagon Master of the trail ride about the variety of wagons and people that traveled to be part of the festival.
The weekend was busy with music, poetry, a Cowboy Concert featuring Kenny Putnam on Saturday night and Cowboy Church on Sunday Morning. KGFX Celebrated their 100th Anniversary as part of the festival and hosted a pie and ice cream social along with the Four Corners Fire Department Steak Feed on Friday night. Katie Bruce of Hayes SD stated the Fire Department fed 292 people with the funds raised going to the Four Corners Fire Department.
There were demonstrations and programs including the “Golden Years of Radio” hosted by Don Boyd of Pierre with special guest radio announcer Ida McNeil “Miss Pierre” (Cindy Munson, Hudson Wisconsin) and special guest Dakota Radio Group’s General Manager Mark Swendsen accompanied by his wife Linda. Boyd and McNeil narrated the history of KGFX radio along with history on Pierre and Fort Pierre.
This is the 5th year of the heritage festival with support of both the Pierre and Fort Pierre communities and sponsors. Gary Heintz co-chair stated that without the community support the event would not be possible. Carman Woodward co-chair said the event is designed to bring awareness the history and heritage where we come from and that the numerous booths and demonstrations offer both education and an opportunity to purchase items. Woodward also stated the talent that performs for the weekend was outstanding and the best around and they appreciate the artists and their talents.
The committee of the Dakota Western Heritage Festival says thank you to all involved and Happy Trails until 2017.
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