South Dakota: Isabel Centennial wagon train and trail ride scheduled for Aug. 2-7
The community of Isabel, SD, is celebrating their Centennial anniversary this summer, Aug. 2-7, 2011. As this area commemorates this occasion, one of the festivities being planned is a cross-country wagon train and trail ride. The excursion will begin at Twin Butte Ranch, home of Len and Darlys Hofer, located near Athboy, SD, on Monday evening, Aug. 1. Tuesday morning, Aug. 2, the group will travel approximately 12 miles east; passing through another ghost town known as Gopher. The Tuesday evening camp will be at Dan and Crystal Lynn Assman’s winter feeding grounds.
On Wednesday, Aug. 3, the journey takes travelers through some quiet, yet scenic back country traveling between Cotton Wood and Firesteel Creeks. Camp that night will be at A.J. and Cindy Lindskov’s winter feeding grounds. Thursday, Aug. 4, the trip turns south and travels into Isabel in the northwest corner of town, down Main Street and out to the Rodeo grounds to end the journey.
The wagon train and trail ride is scheduled to arrive in Isabel just prior to the Dakota Daughter’s annual steak fry. In conjunction with a tasty meal, the Wagoneers group will entertain.
Evening gatherings during the trip will be enhanced by entertainment from the local area. Participants will be treated to talented musicians, cowboy poets and local historians that will talk about the past history of the area. Vicki Walters and her crew from the Keldron area have graciously agreed to serve as chefs during the heart of the trip. The menu and cost of these meals will be determined by the chefs.
The community of Isabel extends an invitation to anyone interested in joining the wagon train and trail ride, as they take a trip back in history, enjoying travel through the quiet prairies of north central South Dakota.
For information about the Wagon Train, or to get an application, contact: Gene or Becky Bierman: 605-466-2219; Gary Birkeland: 605-365-5272; Lisa Martin: 605-466-2555; or Ann Roghair: 605-524-9569.
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