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54th Annual Pioneer Days at Bonanzaville Aug. 17 -19

Abbey Kuck plays a game of hoop down the streets of Bonanzaville during Pioneer Days.

Experience history at the 54th Annual Pioneer Days at Bonanzaville with fun for the whole family and indeed something for everyone.

This year's observance will include a new Crossing the Red River Ceremony on Friday Aug. 17 that will celebrate the settling of North Dakota with pioneers on three covered wagons and on horseback traveling from the Red River all the way to Bonanzaville. The start of Pioneer Days will be celebrated with a street dance on Friday following the ceremony, featuring a performance by recording artist Jeremiah James from CMT's "Sweet Home Alabama."

Spectators can watch the wagons begin their voyage at the First Avenue North Bridge on Friday at 2 p.m. As the wagons cross the bridge and enter into North Dakota, they will be welcomed by Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker and West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern. The pioneers will then begin the three-hour journey to Bonanzaville bearing the North Dakota flag as a ceremonial symbol of the settling of our great state.

Upon arrival at Bonanzaville, there will be a closing ceremony at 5:30 p.m. by Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley and former N.D. Governor and Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer. With the new addition to Pioneer Days, three-day passes are available for purchase with prepaid tickets at local Stop-N-Go locations.

Pioneer Days on Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19 will feature a Native American PowWow, Native American programming on medicines, tepees, and crafts, an Historic Bridal Fashion Showcase, demonstrators, vendors, food, old-fashioned photos, entertainers and performers, children's games, a petting zoo, face painting, antique snowmobile collection, WWI artifacts, fur trading, barrel train rides, horse drawn wagon rides, German Migration program, and more.

The wagon route and a full schedule of events can be found at the Bonanzaville website or Facebook page

Bonanzaville is a pioneer village and museum operated by the Cass County Historical Society, with a mission to collect, display and interpret artifacts relevant to the history and cultural heritage of the Red River Valley. It is the region's largest historical attraction with 43 buildings, and more than 400,000 artifacts. The collections include a car museum, air museum, tractor museum, model railroad, Fargo's First House, the Case Eagle, and the Houston House among the many things to experience when visiting Bonanzaville.

For more information on any upcoming events contact Julie Trotter at (701)282-2822 or at