PIERRE, S.D. – On June 1-3, Fort Sisseton will host its 41st annual historical festival. The Department of Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) expects a large turnout, with previous years bringing in as many as 15,000 visitors.
The three-day event allows visitors to relive history in a re-enactment of frontier life. Scenes of early settlement set the stage with muzzleloaders, riflemen and more participating in a rendezvous gathering. The rendezvous is complete with fur traders and both military and teepee encampment sites. Rendezvous traders and campers will compete in Tomahawk throws and black powder shoots.
The event features food and craft vendors throughout the weekend. The historical festival offers activities to showcase frontier life such as fiddle music, period oriented dance instruction classes, arts and craft shows and a costume ball.
The festival charges a $5 admission fee or $25 per night to camp onsite during the event.
For the full schedule and other information, visit: gfp.sd.gov/historical-festival/.
For camping reservations: campsd.com or 1.800.710.2267.
Fort Sisseton Historic State Park is located ten miles southwest of Lake City, S.D., off US Highway 10.