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DSU plans double feature for Labor Day weekend

It might not be a double-wide trailer, but the Dickinson State University Foundation has announced plans for a double feature over Labor Day weekend that should have fans of bull riding and country music very excited.

Along with a Championship Bull Riding event, DSU will host a pair of country music stars as artists Sammy Kershaw and Joe Diffie will play shows on back-to-back nights, including the first-ever concert to take place at the Biesiot Activities Center.

Kershaw has had a string of country hits, including "She Don't Know She's Beautiful," which soared to No. 1 on the Billboard country charts in the 1990s, and "Queen of My Double-Wide Trailer." Diffie's career also peaked in the 90s with a number of smash country hits, including his most popular album, "Third Rock from the Sun."

"We're really excited about this event and we hope it's something that will be a staple in the community for years to come," said Marya Skaare, DSU Alumni & Foundation associate director of alumni relations. "So many people around Dickinson are looking for something to do Labor Day Weekend and it's always, 'Let's get out of here.' We were excited about the prospect of targeting that weekend as a time to showcase what Dickinson has to offer."

DSU is sponsoring the event in conjunction with Dielco Crane Service. Dubbed the "Dielco Crane CBR Double Down and Concert Series," the event will also have an unofficial kickoff to the weekend at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 when the DSU football team hosts Montana State-Northern in its season opener at the BAC.

"We'll have a big tailgate kickoff with the football opener on Thursday night," Skaare said. "It's going to be a great weekend of entertainment for our local people here in Dickinson, but we also expect to draw people regionally and even nationally as there are people who follow the CBR around to different events around the country."

On Friday, Aug. 30, Kershaw will perform at the BAC with general admission tickets going for $30 in advance and $38 at the door. The following day will feature the CBR bull riding event at the DSU Outdoor Arena with the Diffie concert taking place on a stage adjacent to the arena, Skaare said. General admission tickets for the Diffie show will be priced at $25 for adults.

"Bringing this type and caliber of entertainment in will be a large draw that will bring people back into the community over Labor Day Weekend," said Terri Thiel, executive director of the Dickinson Convention & Visitors. "Putting something like this together will be a great series of events and will be really good for our hospitality-based businesses in Dickinson. We're looking forward to it."

The CVB signed a five-year contract to partner with the foundation for the event as its official "buckle sponsor," Skaare said.

Tickets for the event go on sale June 21 with a limited number of pre-sale tickets available by invitation. Part of the proceeds from the event will go toward the Blue Hawk Rodeo Scholarship fund.

Bryan Horwath
A Wisconsin native, Horwath has been covering news in the Oil Patch of North Dakota since 2012. Horwath currently serves as the senior agriculture and political reporter for The Dickinson Press and, despite the team's tendency to always let him down, remains a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan.
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