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A Rumely steam engine chugs along the parade route Aug. 18, 2013, during Pioneer Days at Bonanzaville in West Fargo. Pioneer file photo

Pioneer Days this weekend

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Bonanzaville will host its annual Pioneer Days event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The 56th annual Pioneer Days is a tradition to learn about the rich history of the pioneers who settled North Dakota.


Demonstrators will teach visitors how to weave baskets, grind corn, make sauerkraut and how to square dance.

North Dakota comedian and self-proclaimed “Strasburg Superstar” Mylo Hatzenbuhler will perform Sunday.

Johnny Crawford, who played Mark McCain in the hit western series “The Rifleman” from 1958-63, will also make an appearance at Pioneer Days. Crawford will serenade the Red River Valley with his repertoire of old western music and will be accompanied by the band Detour, which plays country, polkas and waltzes.

Other activities will include a Native American powwow on both days, games for the kids, food, a clown, docents dressed in period clothing and an antique motorcycle display.

“We are trying to focus more on the educational aspect of the event this year while still making it fun for everyone,” Emily Wehlander, interim director, said in a press release.

One-day admission to Bonanzaville for Pioneer Days is the same as regular admission rates: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military members and students, and $6 for children ages 4-14.

Two-day admission can also be purchased for the following prices: $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, military members and students, and $8 for children ages 4-14. Children 3 and younger always get in free.

Pioneer Days is the historical village’s largest fundraiser.

For a full schedule of activities and more information, visit