Fort Pierre Bicentennial Celebration

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Fort Pierre Puts the Finishing Touches to Their September Bicentennial Celebration!

Pulling together this small community is meeting a monumental challenge . . .

FORT PIERRE, SD – Dakota Western Heritage Festival (DWHF), Stirling Ranch Rodeo and the Bicentennial Celebration are merging together to provide a 200 year celebration of history and culture in the little town of Fort Pierre with a population of 2,100.  The town’s population could easily triple during the three day event September 15, 16 & 17.

On the eve of the celebration, the much anticipated showing of the film, “Floating Horses:  The Life of Casey Tibbs” will kick things off at Riggs Theater at 4 p.m. and a second showing at 7 p.m.  A free will donation will get viewers into the showing because the producer is not able to charge admission until the film has finished its film festival run.  It has been shown from coast to coast and in between to rave reviews.

Friday, September 15, at 8:30 a.m. the DWHF wagon train will “head em up and roll em out” with Wagon Master, Willie Cowan, at the helm.  Over 200 wagons and horseback riders are expected to participate. The wagon train will arrive back in Fort Pierre to join a Historic Parade at 3:30 p.m.  Friday evening will feature a community steak feed, dignitary program and entertainment provided by DWHF poets and musicians.

Saturday, September 16, a 5K Run/Walk will kick off with registration in Lilly Park at 7:30 a.m. At 10:00 a.m. DWHF vendors will open their booths in the Expo Center and Bicentennial vendors will open their booths in Lilly Park next to the Expo Center.  Besides western arts and crafts, children’s activities like pony rides and bouncy houses will be available. After a day of festivities and cowboy music and poetry, singer songwriter Susie Bogguss will perform at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 at Dakotamart stores in Pierre/Fort Pierre, Total Beauty, Bad River Furniture, Dakota Prairie Bank, Prairie Pages, Gary Heintz State Farm, and Dakota State Bank or at the door for $35.  (Only 600 tickets are being sold.)

Sunday, September 17, Cowboy Church will convene at the Expo Center at 9 a.m. Stirling Family Ranch Rodeo will serve a cowboy brunch at the fairgrounds grandstand at 10 a.m. and vendor booths will open once again at the Expo Center and Lilly Park at 10 a.m.  Stirling Ranch Family Ranch Rodeo grand entry will take place at 11 a.m. and the rodeo will finish mid-afternoon with a Bicentennial Wrap Up.

For a complete schedule of the Bicentennial Celebration or to purchase Bicentennial items go to  For more information about the Dakota Western Heritage Festival go to their Facebook page at Dakota Western Heritage Festival @DakotaWesternHeritageFestival and for more information about the Stirling Family Ranch Rodeo go to their web site at

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Friday, September 8

6 p.m.  –  St. John’s Catholic Church Fundraiser BBQ, Bicentennial Booths, Wagon Rides etc.

7:30 p.m. – SDPB TV Special:  Bad River Road Show by the Rock Garden Concert | Silver Spur                   Streetmasters car show, St. John’s Catholic Church fundraiser meal; Bring a can of food for “Feeding South Dakota” for free admission!

Tuesday, September 12

5 p.m. – Final Bicentennial Farmer’s Market and Street Festival | Downtown Fort Pierre
“Turkey Races” night

Thursday, September 14

4 p.m. & 7 p.m. – “Floating Horses:  The Life of Casey Tibbs” Film Premiere  | Riggs Theatre, Pierre       Free will offering; Contact:  Cindy Bahe, Casey Tibbs Center, 494-1094

Friday, September 15

8:30 a.m. – Wagon train departs Stanley Co. Fairgrounds
Contact:  Willie Cowan, 280-1021, Gary Heintz, 222-0079, or Carmen Cowan Magee, 280-8938

3:00 p.m. – Parade lineup Between Salebarn Rd & Stanley Rd  BC Parade-Form-2017
Historic, non-motorized entries only; Contact:  Randy Seiler, 222-8877

3:30 p.m. – Bicentennial Parade Hwy 83/Deadwood from Stanley Rd to Main/Hwy 83

5:00 p.m. – Community Steak Fry hosted by Hayes Fire Department | Expo Building; $15/meal               Plus music by “Plains Folk;” Proceeds benefit Hayes Fire Department

7:00 p.m. – Official Bicentennial Program | Expo Building; Followed by auction of Bicentennial Commemorative Rifle; More music, poetry, and auction of Western collectibles

9:30 p.m. – Music by Danny Hall and the Joe Creek Band | Silver Spur $10 admission

Saturday, September 16

7:30 a.m. – Registration for 5k walk/run | Fischer-Lilly Park; Contact:  Randy Seiler, 222-8877

9:00 a.m. – Vendor booths open | Expo Building

9:30 a.m.– DWHF Entertainment and demonstrations begin | Expo Building; Music, cowboy poetry

10:00 a.m. – Bicentennial Arts Festival booths open (arts, food & beverages); Pony rides, bouncy houses, maze, face-painting, and beanbag tournament  | Fischer-Lilly Park

7:30 p.m. – Suzy Bogguss performance | Expo Building; $25 advance tickets; Limited Seating: $35 at the door; Drawing for second Bicentennial commemorative rifle. Tickets for Suzy Bogguss can be purchased at both Dakotamarts, Total Beauty, Bad River Furniture, Dakota Prairie Bank, Prairie Pages, Gary Heintz State Farm Insurance, and Dakota State Bank.

Sunday, September 17

9:00 a.m. – Cowboy Church | Expo Building

10:00 a.m. – Brunch hosted by Stirling Family|Stanley Co. Fairgrounds; Free Will donation

10:00 a.m. – Bicentennial Arts Festival booths and activities open | Fischer-Lilly Park

11:00 a.m. – DWHF performances and vendors | Expo Building

11:00 a.m. – Stirling Family Ranch Rodeo | Free will admission | Stanley Co. Fairgrounds;
Contact:Sandy Sivertsen, 605-870-2472/Brett Stirling, 406-794-8503; Proceeds go to assist families & individuals fighting cancer

For more information on all events:

Fort Pierre Bicentennial:
Dakota Western Heritage Festival:  Facebook page
Stirling Family Ranch Rodeo: