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Roughrider Days Fun for the entire family

Submitted Photo Clowns walk through the streets of Dickinson distributing treats during a Roughrider Days parade in this undated photo.

By Linda Sailer The excitement of the upcoming Roughrider Days Fair and Expo is starting to fill the air throughout western North Dakota.

Roughrider Days kicks off in Dickinson with the PRCA rodeo at 6:15 p.m. Friday at the Roughrider/DSU Outdoor Arena.

Saturday begins with a pancake and sausage breakfast, 5K walk/run, the parade,  Family Fun Day, a second PRCA rodeo and the Southwest Speedway’s mid-season championships.

Sunday, June 29, features a horseshoe tournament, antique tractor and pickup pull and the third PRCA rodeo.

The NDSU Extension Service Stark-Billings County begins its 4-H events with non-living exhibits and the 4-H Showcase on Monday, June 30.

The 4-H horse show is Tuesday, July 1, and the livestock, poultry and rabbit show and judging is Thursday, July 3.

The headliner concert will feature Kahuna Beach Party Band and Hotel California. It is  Thursday, July 3, at the Roughrider/DSU outdoor arena.

The ever-popular Sax Motor Co. demolition derby and fireworks display are Friday, July 4.

“Our goal was to provide events for everyone in the community,” Roughrider Commission President Michelle Kovash said.

Planning started a year ago by the Roughrider Commission of some 20 volunteers.

“It’s very hard when you’re volunteer numbers are as low as they are — I’m very proud of them,” Kovash said.

Roughrider Days started in 1971 as a way to keep people in town and to support local businesses. As the celebration has grown, the event has drawn visitors from far and wide.

As the city fills with visitors, Kovash has several concerns.

“As always, safety is our No. 1 concern,” she said. “We need people to help keep kids off the street,” she said. “I know it’s hard for them and they get excited, but it really helps if we keep the kids as close to the curb as possible.”

Secondly, she asks everyone to pick up the garbage.

“It’s a big task and everyone is short-handed, so we’re asking people to help with those areas,” she said. “Also when shooting fireworks, clean them up.”

Kovash expressed her appreciation to the community and businesses for  ongoing support over the years.

“We could not do this if we didn’t have their help,” she said. “It’s a legacy to all the leaders that we have in our community that we can push this forward to make it happen.”

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