South Dakota: Chuck wagons wanted for Fort Sisseton historical festival |

South Dakota: Chuck wagons wanted for Fort Sisseton historical festival

Fort Sisseton will host a chuck wagon competition for the first time this year at its annual Historical Festival June 4-5, 2011.

The Fort is not unfamiliar with the necessities of this rolling vestige of the American West. More than one cattle drive rambled through the area delivering “dinner on the hoof” – and those cattle drives often came with their own “diners” or chuck wagons. The Fort holds many events throughout the year to entertain and teach, however, this will be the first time it is bringing in chuck wagons to cook and compete amidst all the other Festival activities.

The 34th Annual Historical Festival, June 4-5, will celebrate the Fort’s history: Established in 1864 as a frontier army post, many of the original buildings are intact or have been restored. Wandering the grounds, it is easy to step back in time and watch the soldier re-enactors protecting the settlers, surveyors and others in the Dakota Territory. Visitors will hear the cannon fire and see black powder shooting, witness a flag raising ceremony, cavalry and infantry drills, a grand march and countless other period demonstrations. Visit the many Military Encampments, Mountain Man and Cowboy Camps scattered throughout the Fort Grounds. Shop the modern and period Sutlers, and when your belly gets empty – mosey down to the Chuck Wagon and enjoy a real cowboy-style meal by the campfire while listening to guitar and fiddle music.

Wagons will cook up a complete five-course meal vying for $3,000 in cash and prizes. The chuck wagon themselves are judged as well for their historical correctness. This competition is open to any and all chuck wagons in the area. For more information, contact The Fort Sisseton Park Manager, Katie Ceroll at 605-448-5474 or e-mail:

Get that wagon geared up and showcase it at this years event, or just come to step back in time, relive and share some of America’s most fascinating history with your family this summer.