Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Crossing the Missouri River on our way to Ft Pierre...

Entering the Expo Center we were greeted with beautifully restored wagons &...

I'd love to ride in this one :)

Nice display of saddles too...

This little guys name is Luke...He's a cutie!

Plenty of Western heritage around :)

The Ramblin' Rangers opened on the Freedom Stage Saturday afternoon...

A couple of other familiar faces on stage as well...Marcia Kenobbie, Audrey...

Slim McNaught did a fine job of mc'ing & is an accomplished...

Gale Patzlaff was great!

During a little break Larry is checking out some video he just...

Bob Petermann, a crowd favorite singer...

It looked like a white hat convention. lol!

Miis V was very entertaining & did a homestead presentation on Sunday...

Miss V the Gypsy Cowbelle from WY, playing her handmade plank banjo...

Braiding demo...Nice guy too!

Lovely beaded bracelets being made here...

Adorable! But the horses are outside ladies!

Getting the team ready...

For rides on this wagon...

Back inside there's plenty of nice leather goods available to purchase...

And wonderful art as well :)

There were quilts with interesting history to view...

Amazing, can you imagine?

Seven Sisters Quilt-1930's...Made entirely of feed sack scraps!

Jack's Chain (baby quilt) 1932...The white is from flour sacks, the blue...

Isn't this a beauty!

Note the stitching around the legs on every horse!

How nice!

Probably my favorite for the day :)

Time for dinner...Brad & Bonnie treated us at Cattleman's...Thanks guys, it was...

Afterward we attended a concert at the Pierre Opera House...Now these 4...

Sunday found the Ramblin' Rangers back onstage again...

Slim all decked out in a nice purple shirt & gray vest...Swell...

Marcia & Roy Kenobbie did a nice job...Love the mandolin :)

Yvonne Hollenbeck, award winning cowgirl poet, is also an accomplished quilter...

Very nice!

Nice runners etc for sale from the vendors...

Interesting & well done notecards, paintings etc....

Wish you ould hear Brent Voight play...He played with B & B...

Back home I decided to have a little fun...

Staged Brad's 'stuff' for a few pics...

A closer look for you...

Trevine decided to join Dad in a little tune, too cute!

Onyx was listening intently, lol!

Well, that's it for now...See you later :)


Ok, so I'm going to bounce all over the place in these next few posts, lol! But I thought I'd write about this past weekend now while it's still fresh in my mind. As you know, we arrived in Pierre, SD this past Friday. After setting up we headed into town to the courthouse for an open mic session with many of the performers participating in the Dakota Western Heritage Festival over the weekend.

You might say "what the heck is that?" Well, the program stated it best as "A celebration of Western traditions and lifestyle through poetry and music". Now these folks know how to have fun! We didn't realize how informative & humorous cowboy poetry would be! And the musicians were quite varied and all good :) The Ramblin' Rangers kicked the music off on the Freedom Stage on Saturday afternoon & then played again on Sunday afternoon. There were 12 different 'acts' each day! There were also daily demonstrations, exhibits & vendors of Western arts & crafts. The daytime events were held at the Expo Center in Ft. Pierre.

Saturday evening there was a concert at the Pierre Opera House featuring Yvonne Hollenbeck, the top award winning cowgirl poet in America. She shared the stage with singer/songwriter Jean Prescott of Abilene, Texas, singer/songwriter Kevin Davis from southwest Oklahoma and Bonnie Krogman from south central SD, a "worn-out ranch wife who happens to think in rhyme during certain situations"! There was a meet & greet with refreshments afterward & B & B purchased cd's, books etc. They'll enjoy hearing these songs & poems on down the road for sure. Fantastic, we had a blast!

Sunday morning started with Cowboy Church followed by Miss V's Homestead presentation. Wow, was it ever interesting. Open mike at noon & then the Freedom Stage performances finished up the day. Whew, are you exhausted yet???? We were all pretty tuckered out, but Larry & I were so glad we came. Looks like we might be putting this event on next years itinerary :)

Well, that's it for now. I hope you enjoy looking at the wagons, buggy's, leather goods, quilts etc. There were some beautiful things on display. Tomorrow we're heading to the SD Cultural Heritage Center which opened in 1989 to preserve & interpret the heritage & culture of South Dakota's people. See you there :)



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