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Dupree Pioneer Days Events Planned

Dupree’s 52nd annual Pioneer Days Celebration is set for July 12th through July 15th. Crowd favorites including award winning rodeos, Main Street parade, street sports, ZCHS Silent Auction, a Pow-Wow, Homemade Ice Cream Social and dances will be on the schedule along with some new and fun activities.

On Thursday night, July 12th, a free supper hosted by 1st Financial Bank will be followed by a concert with local favorites as openers and an Elvis impersonator to start a rockin’ celebration.

Friday, July 13th, is filled with Alumi activities, supper and a public dance. Classic car enthusiasts will be able to Cruise Main in their collector vehicles in recognition of National Collector Car Appreciation Day.

The day will start at a faster pace on Saturday, July 14th, with a 5K walk/run, rodeo slack, ZCHS Silent Auction & Doll Show, Main Street Parade, Street Sports, Dupree Wacipi, SDRA rodeo and an evening dance. New activities sponsored by the Calvary Chapel on Saturday afternoon include a 3 on 3 basketball tournament for all ages, a unicyclist and an archery competition. Entries for the 3 on 3 will be limited so contact Chug or Karen Garreau as soon as possible at 365-5512 for more information or to leave a message if you’d like to enter the 3 on 3 basketball tournament.

Sunday, July 15th will begin at a slower pace with a free breakfast, community church service, a second day of the ZCHS Silent Auction and the 2nd Annual Little Miss Ziebach County contest. Things will roar into action with an afternoon Hog Run for the area motorcyclists that will end with a Polynesian Hog Roast that will be open to the public. Another SDRA rodeo performance and second day of the Dupree Wacipi will bring the celebration to a close.

There will be music under the tent at Calvary Chapel on Main Street throughout the weekend. Their team members will lead many of the new activities and will also do face painting during the rodeo performances. Come one, come all and have a memorable celebration in Dupree.

Pioneer Days 2012 Schedule

Thursday July 12th—Family Night

  • 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Free Beef Supper at Pioneer Hall hosted by 1st Financial Bank

  • 7:00 p.m. Elvis Concert—Dupree Rodeo Grounds (Local Opening Acts Including Jon Holmes, Mandy Hulm, Jack Bickel, Sisters In Harmony)

Friday July 13th—Alumni Day

  • 4:00 p.m. Alumni Registration at Pioneer Hall

  • 5:00 p.m. Cruise Main—Classic Vehicles

  • 6:00 p.m. Alumni Supper at Pioneer Hall

  • 7:00 p.m. Alumni Program

  • 9:00 p.m. Public Dance at Pioneer Hall featuring George & the MC’s

Saturday July 14th

  • 7:00 a.m. 5K Walk—Meet at Pioneer Hall

  • 8:00 a.m. Rodeo Slack at Rodeo Grounds

  • 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. ZCHS Silent Auction and Doll Showing at Harry’s Hall

  • 10:00 a.m. Main Street Parade

  • 11:00 a.m. Street Sports on Main Street

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sacred Heart Altar Society All You Can Eat Buffet at Church

  • 1:00 p.m.

    • 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on Main Street in front of Courthouse

    • Extreme Unicyclist

    • Archery Competition on Courthouse lawn

  • 1:00 p.m. Dupree Wacipi at Pow-Wow Grounds north of Northern Plains Elevator

  • 2:00 p.m. Fireman's Auxiliary Ice Cream Social

  • 5:00 p.m. SDRA Rodeo at Rodeo Grounds

  • 7:00 p.m. Dupree Wacipi at Pow-Wow Grounds north of Northern Plains Elevator

  • 9:00 p.m. Public Dance at Pioneer Hall featuring George & the MC’s

Sunday July 15th

  • 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Free Breakfast at Pioneer Hall

  • 8:00 a.m. Rodeo Slack at Rodeo Grounds

  • 9:00 a.m. Community Church Service at Pioneer Hall

  • 9:00 a.m. to Noon ZCHS Silent Auction and Doll Showing at Harry’s Hall

  • 1:00 p.m. Hog Run—motorcycles leave town

  • 1:00 p.m. Dupree Wacipi at Pow-Wow Grounds north of Northern Plains Elevator

  • 1:30 p.m. Little Miss Ziebach County Contest at Pioneer Hall

  • 4:00 p.m. Hog Fest—Hog Roast at end of Hog Run Open to Public at Calvary Chapel on Main Street

  • 5:00 p.m. SDRA Rodeo at Rodeo Grounds

  • 7:00 p.m. Dupree Wacipi at Pow-Wow Grounds north of Northern Plains Elevator

Free Feed & Elvis Show Open Dupree’s Pioneer Days

1st Financial Bank USA will host a free supper at Pioneer Hall on Thursday, July 12th from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Supper will be followed by entertainment put together by the Ziebach County Historical Society. Bill “Elvis” Schott will perform in concert at the Dupree Rodeo Grounds with local opening acts to begin at 7:00 p.m. Crowd pleasing local opening acts include Jon Holmes, Mandy Hulm, Jack Bickel and Sisters In Harmony with some great numbers from the 50’s. Bill Schott, an award winning Elvis impersonator, will follow with what promises to be a top notch performance. In May of 2000 Bill was inducted into the “Dakota Musicians Hall of Fame” as the youngest person to be inducted. In 1997 Bill won 1st place in the “Images of Elvis” contest and at the International Competition in Memphis, TN, Bill finished in the top five. Bill has shared the stage with such greats as Merle Haggard, Bill Walker, Buck Owens, Ricky Nelson, Tommy Cash, Lori Mandrell and Bobby Vee. Watch for ads, stories and posters with more information on all the Pioneer Days activities for 2012.

Pioneer Days Parade 2012

In keeping with this year’s Elvis kick-off, the Pioneer Days Parade theme is “Fabulous Fifties.” The parade, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 14th, will be an opportunity to revisit the days of saddle shoes, poodle skirts, leather jackets and hula hoops. In the 1950’s small town America was thriving with many Main Street businesses. Now, the businesses are dwindling and so, more than ever, we need everyone who can to participate and make our Pioneer Days Parade successful. We invite families, organizations and businesses from Dupree and surrounding communities to join us for the parade and the festivities during the 2012 Pioneer Days. The parade line-up is set for 9:30 a.m. at the north end of Dupree along the Elevator Road. First and second place prize ribbons will be awarded in several categories. Entry forms are available at 1st Insurance Services and will be available at Parade Headquarters during line-up. If you have questions please contact Kimberly Shannon at 365-5286.

9th Annual Silent Auction

The Ziebach County Historical Society will hold its 9th Annual Silent Auction on Saturday and Sunday during the Pioneer Days celebration. The auction will be held at Harry’s Hall on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14th and from 8 a.m. to Noon on Sunday July 15th. Every interest and every age will be able to find something old or something new to bid on. There are sure to be items to tempt a bid from everyone that stops by. Don’t miss the last minutes of the auction to get in that last bid at Noon on Sunday, July 15th! Anyone that would like to donate items for the auction may contact one of the ZCHS board members for pickup or drop off. All donated items are appreciated very much. This has been the major fundraiser for the ZCHS and has always been very successful for both the ZCHS and the bidders.

The Dolls Are Home!

The Ziebach County Historical Society is happy to announce that the Lucile Silverman First Lady Doll Collection is back home in Dupree. Darla and Lawrence Woodward and Dondra Menzel traveled to Christoval, Texas in mid-May to meet LaJuan Joyce and to pick the dolls up. After 2,376 miles and 94 hours away from home, it was mission accomplished! A very nice display case and two other doll collections were also brought back. A selection of the dolls will be shown at Harry’s Hall through the house of the ZCHS Silent Auction during Pioneer Days. The two collections consisting of the 13 Colony dolls and the 500 Years of Fashion Dolls are valued at $10,000 and through the generous donation of half that value from LaJuan Joyce, the Historical Society will be able to purchase them for $5000. Those funds will be raised during Pioneer Days with up to $2500 in a matching grant from Modern Woodmen. The ZCHS presented LaJuan Joyce a Centennial throw and other Centennial items in appreciation of her donation and loving care and continuation of the doll collections.


District 15B Champs! Dupree defeated Timber Lake in Mobridge to win the district title.

Region 8 Champs! Dupree defeated Faith in Lemmon to become the regional champions.

State Tournament 7th Place Finish in Aberdeen! Congratulations, Dupree Tigers!

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