Trader Days Are Coming August 16th-18th – Fort Pierre, South Dakota

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Trader Days Are Coming August 16th – 18th!!!

Fort Pierre will celebrate its rich fur trading history when it launches a new festival the week of August 14th. The following excerpt from an article written by local historian Lonis Wendt pretty well sums it up: “The 1830s were a tumultuous decade for the American west. It was marked by the expansion of the fur trade when thousands of men ventured into the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains searching for a fortune in beaver hide. Many died on this quest, simply disappearing into the wilderness not to be seen again. Few mountain men ever found their fortune, though some did become famous for their adventures.

The forts built near the mouth of the Bad River were lonely outposts just beyond the edge of an expanding civilization. Life wasn’t easy for the men who called them home. Death was common, hard work was the rule and there were few guarantees. These men laid the foundations and drew the maps that would, in a few short decades, lead to the settlement of the west.” By 1830, Fort Tecumseh at the mouth of Bad River had become the center of the Fur Trade industry on upper Missouri.

Fort Pierre’s Trader Days is centered around the week of the State 4H Rodeo Finals coming to town and will really kick off early in the week on Tuesday night, August 14th, with the downtown Farmers Market reflecting the 4H theme.  Wednesday, August 15th from 5 to 7 p.m., the Country Cookin Fundraiser will take place at the Pat Duffy Community Center.

Thursday, August 16th, a carnival will be set up downtown from noon until dark and will continue Friday and Saturday for the same time period. Cody Hullinger will be performing at Drifters Thursday night from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Lilly Park will be the center of activity for an Art & Craft Show Friday and Saturday from noon until dark.  There will be a beer tent, bounce houses for the kids and a human gyroscope. Over at the Fairgrounds the 4H Finals Rodeo will begin at 5 p.m. Friday and resume Saturday with a 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. performance. Helicopter rides will be taking off from the Fort Pierre Baseball Field next to the Bad River Bridge from 11 a.m. until dark Friday and noon until dark Saturday.

Lilly Park will also be the location for a Backyard BBQ Competition Saturday with judging at 4 p.m. and public tasting of delicious brisket and burgers at 5 p.m.  This event is a Verendrye Museum Fundraiser.  Saturday night Danny Hall Band & Exile will perform at the Silver Spur at 8 p.m.

The Sunset will be giving paddle boat tours Friday and Saturday from their dock at Fischers Lilly Park. In keeping with the tradition of the YELLOW STONE, the first paddle boat to have ascended the Missouri as far as Fort Pierre.  According to Lonis Wendt, “A “landmark” in steam boating history was made when the YELLOW STONE, which was intentionally spelled with two words, arrived at Fort Tecumseh on June 19, 1831.”

(Article written and submitted by Sunny Hannum, Office Manager of Fort Pierre Development Corporation)


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