PIERRE, SD (KELO AM) – The 125th statehood anniversary wagon train will begin in Yankton next week. Before the wagon train leaves on Thursday, Sept. 4, the public is invited to attend a Yankton statehood celebration.
The quasquicentennial celebration will take place at the Yankton rodeo grounds in the afternoon and evening on Wednesday, Sept. 3.
From 1 to 5 p.m., tours will be offered at Yankton’s museum-in-progress in the Mead Building. Wagon rides will be provided from the rodeo grounds to the nearby museum.
A special music and history program hosted by Terry Crandall will begin at 4 p.m. The program will include remarks from Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a speech by wagonmaster Gerald Kessler, a re-enactment of the first governor by actor John Timm, songs by the Beadle School first-graders, music by local country singers Rachel Wood and Ashley Schweitzer, and performances by singer Mike McDonald and re-enactors from the Missouri National Recreation River.
A chicken dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., with proceeds going to the Dakota Territorial Museum. Tickets may be obtained in advance at the Museum in Westside Park. Tickets may also be purchased at the event on a first-come, first-served basis.
A concert and dance will be held from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring the country/folk songs of Poker Alice.
Except the meal, all activities are free. Everyone is encouraged to dress in western wear, contemporary or historic.