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Manning to celebrate centennial

MANNING -- The city of Manning is gearing up to celebrate their centennial Aug. 1-3 with a variety of events, including a wagon train.

Beginning Friday, Aug. 1, a wagon train and registration will begin. Participants can set up camp near the old abandoned town of Fayette.

Manning Community Club member Linda Cooksey says this is Manning's first attempt at a wagon train.

"Chuck Stroh, formerly of Manning, and now from Dickinson, is our wagon master; and he is working with many community volunteers to set up the wagon train so that it is a safe and fun time for all," Cooksey said. "The public is welcome to come on out and mix with the group."

At 6 p.m., a wagon train supper will be provided for $8, and the KGLE Cowboys, a Christian cowboy music group, will be providing campfire music.

Beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, the wagon train will leave Fayette.

"They will follow the river on in to Manning by around 4 p.m," Cooksey said. "The wagons will camp in Manning overnight and then some will take off on Sunday morning for a three or four hour ride."

For those taking part in the festivities in Manning, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. vendors will be available to visitors in Vendor Park.

From 2-4 p.m., visitors can take part in a stamp cancellation, and from 3-4 p.m. branding will take place, offering visitors a chance to brand with their own branding irons.

"The branding will take place at Manning Community Club Park," Cooksey said. "People bring their branding irons and brand a slab of wood. The wood will be stained and their name plate will be attached and it will be put up in the building."

Cooksey added that the cost of the branding is a $100 donation that will go towards the Manning Community Club Building Fund.

From 3 p.m. until midnight a beer garden will be available in Manning park, and at 4:30 p.m. a pit barbecue will also be held in the park.

"It (the barbecue) is done by Dave Watkins, who has done numerous pit barbecues in Montana and North Dakota," Cooksey said. "He, along with helpers, put the meat in the ground for 24 hours and it comes out fantastic."

Beginning at 7 p.m., the Dunn County Centennial Children's Choir will be performing.

"There are approximately 30 children in the Dunn County Centennial Children's Choir. They have been performing since Jan. 28," Cooksey said. "They have performed at Centennial Activities throughout this Centennial year."

Beginning at 8 p.m., a concert and dance will be held featuring the musical talents of the Tibor Brothers.

At midnight, the ladies of the Manning Community Club will be serving a midnight breakfast, which Cooksey says is an old-time tradition.

"They will be serving beef and/or pork sandwiches," Cooksey said. "It is a tradition that goes back to the old Manning Hall days when the ladies served midnight lunch after dances. The idea is just to send people off with a full stomach."

On Sunday, a sunrise church service again featuring the KGLE cowboys will be held, with a 6:30 a.m. breakfast. At noon, a potluck dinner will be held.

"We have had several potlucks in our area and we always seem to have more food than we can possibly eat with many varieties of food," Cooksey said. "We have gotten very good turnouts."

During the meal, two raffle drawings will be held, featuring 25 Kaye Burian Prints on canvas, numbered and signed, as well as an 1876 rifle, a centennial quilt and an iPod.

"We are hoping and praying for a beautiful weekend so that we can all enjoy our 100 year birthday party for Manning and Dunn County," Cooksey said.

Visitors wanting to camp in Manning can do so in their primitive campsites at a cost of $25 for three days.

For more information on the Manning Centennial Celebration, call 701-573-4308 or 701-483-6923 or go online to