History Comes Alive at Fort Sisseton State Park

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The annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival got a little weather last weekend, but rain can’t stop history, so the festival marched on.

In its 38th year, the festival celebrates days gone by with ceremonies, music, dance, storytelling, art exhibitions, demonstrations by craftspersons and more.

“The Festival is so much more than a single event, it’s bigger than that,” says Fort Sisseton State Park Manager Christopher Soukup. “People have memories and family histories attached to the Fort that go back for generations. The Festival is a way to remember and celebrate that history.”

Every first full weekend in June since 1977, an encampment meets at Fort Sisseton, with cavalry and infantry, fur traders, muzzleloaders, chuck wagon cooks, blacksmiths, fiddlers and craftspersons of all kinds, celebrating the full spectrum of frontier life.

The annual 3-day event draws more than 15,000 visitors and 200 camping units.

target.JPGTarget practice.

imholte.JPGPaul Imholte gives a demonstration on the hammer dulcimer.

march.JPGThe infantry.

fire.JPGFiring a volley.

sidesaddle.JPGSide saddle.

lasso.JPGLasso pratice.

muzzle2.JPGMuzzle loader competition.

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carriage.JPGCarriage daydreaming,

 

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