GFP News - June 9, 2014
Great Weather Draws Crowd to Annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival
FORT SISSETON HISTORIC STATE PARK, S.D. -- Exceptional weekend weather drew a large crowd to the 37th Annual Fort Sisseton Festival.
"The weather always plays a big role in the festival," said Fort Sisseton Manager Katie Ceroll. "We were fortunate that the sun was shining for this yearâ€™s event."
The festival featured a variety of historic, cultural and military-related events, including musicians, chuck wagon cooking, a rendezvous camp, military demonstrations and a costume ball complete with a grand march. The festival also allowed an opportunity for visitors to explore the fortâ€™s 14 buildings. Each building is a separate exhibit, providing visitors with a full account of the fort's use and history.
An ongoing flag restoration project was highlighted during the weekend festival. The project, which is restoring the last flag to fly at Fort Sisseton in 1889, is underway in the North Barracks during the month of June. Anyone can view the progress from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon. through Sat.
"The mining sluice was a big hit at this yearâ€™s festival," said Ceroll. "I just want to remind people that we have the sluice set up all summer, so visitors can stop by and try it anytime."
The Fort Sisseton Historical Festival is held annually during the first full weekend of June. The festival is just one of many special events held throughout the year. Others include Lantern Tours, Junior Naturalist Programs and the Frontier Christmas in December. The Fort also hosts Northern State University's summer theater productions on weekends in July.
The park is open year-round and features guided first-person interpretive tours and a number of historical displays. Reservations for campsites and cabins at the park can be made by calling 1-800-710-2267 or by visiting www.campsd.com.
For more information on Fort Sisseton Historic State Park and for a listing of upcoming events, visit www.gfp.sd.gov or call 605-448-5474.