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Richardton to host annual Little Opryland Days

Festivals are part and parcel of small town America. They help increase the business of local shops and restaurants, attract people from outside the local area to venture into town and spend money, but most importantly, they are a way for the community to gather in fellowship and enjoy an atmosphere of fun.

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Richardton's Little Opry Land. (Dickinson Press file)

Little Opryland Days will return to Richardton as a way to boost local business and bring the community together.

The fun in Richardton starts at 4 p.m. on Aug. 13, with an Alumni Volleyball Tournament held at the Raiders Booster Club at 320 Raider Road, in Richardton. Following the tournament, attendees can gather for the Roughrider Association Rodeo at the Rodeo Grounds at 417 W. 11th Ave., or enjoy swimming at the outdoor pool compliments of the Richardton Park Board.

The second day of events will kick off at 10 a.m. on Aug. 14, with a bake sale where visitors are invited to visit the Senior Center and enjoy some fresh baked treats. Local area businesses and vendors will be dotted throughout the area providing goods and services throughout the day to the attendees. All vendors are welcome and not required to register or pay a fee.

The St. Mary’s outdoor basketball court will feature an all day 3-on-3 basketball tournament where festival attendees can cheer on the participants as they battle it out for the crown. The tournament has not been completely filled, and prospective participants are invited to sign up by contacting Kari Dohrmann at rmhmr@ndsupernet.com.

Children can enjoy some of the many games and activities available for entertainment with wristbands available for purchase for inflatables. Proceeds will benefit the Richardton-Taylor High School's junior class.

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A children's foam party, sponsored by the Richardton Rural Fire Department, is also a fun way for the kids to cool off, and parents are asked to ensure children bring bathing suits and goggles for some foamy fun.

A bean bag toss tournament and a fleischkuechle lunch will set the stage for a parade and the old car show. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and will run along the main street. Anyone with a classic model car is welcomed to join.

As the sun sets on an event filled day, attendees are invited to stick around and enjoy an evening of fireworks to finish off the day. According to event organizers, the fireworks display is tentatively scheduled pending fire burn ban levels.

The event will feature live music performances by the talented and popular Nova, with music performances starting at 8 p.m. at the Little Opryland Park.

The Opryland Days event will come to a close on Sunday, but not before a final day of events which include a Mass celebrating St. Mary's 125 anniversary, followed by a potluck and programming at the Social Center.

For more information about the event, contact the city of Richardton at 701-974-3399.

James B. Miller, Jr. is the Editor of The Dickinson Press in Dickinson, North Dakota. He strives to bring community-driven, professional and hyper-local focused news coverage of southwest North Dakota.
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