South Dakota Traditions Hold Strong at 40th Annual Fort Sisseton Festival

Fort Sisseton Festival
Fort Sisseton Festival

South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks

PIERRE, S.D. -( The 40th annual Fort Sisseton Historical Festival presented visitors with a weekend full of activities, vendors, food and memories. Holding to tradition, the public came out to experience the variety the event offers.

Just over 11,600 visitors took in the three-day event. Uncharacteristically warm, sunny weather was a welcomed break from some of the traditional weather patterns of the last 40 years, according to Fort Sisseton manager Chris Soukup.

“Folks have seen everything from cold, rain and even snow a couple of years,” said Soukup. “It was a true blessing to have three days of extraordinarily nice weather for our anniversary year.”

Several guests took advantage of the marker year to celebrate past memories and reunite with old friends. “Between past staff that were honored on Saturday and visitors that have been coming to the event since its inception, there were plenty of fantastic stories and memories at every conversation,” Soukup noted.

Popular events included military and rendezvous encampments, pie-baking contests, stage performances, muzzle-loading rifle shooting competitions and musical performances.