Area gearing up for 3rd annual Hugh Glass festivities

While volunteers are busy preparing for the upcoming 3rd annual Hugh Glass Rendezvous, which is slated to be held at the Hugh Glass Park from Aug. 24-27, state workers are providing some assistance to make the trail more visible for the hundreds of people that visit the Hugh Glass Campground.

New signage was provided, courtesy of the South Dalota Department of Transportation. The new signs are considerably larger than the previous signage that had marked the access road for years.

Since the initial Hugh Glass Rendezvous in 2015, as well as the 2016 blockbuster movie “The Revenant,” which was a story based on Hugh Glass, it has brought a renewed interest in the site. Many individuals have traveled across the country, and from around the globe, to visit the grounds once trod upon by the legendary frontiersman, Hugh Glass.

Although the grizzly bear no longer roam across the prairie as they did 200 years ago, the land is still the same as when Hugh Glass came through with the Ashley Expedition in 1823. Many history enthusiasts marvel at walking upon the very ground where history was made and Hugh Glass became a legend.

Following Saturday’s entertainment, the annual raffle drawings will be held and the winner of the Plein Air paint-out contest will be announced.

On both Friday and Saturday, the public is invited to visit from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. After 6 p.m., however, no one is allowed in the rendezvous camp if they are not in primitive dress.

The weekend activities will conclude on Sunday, Aug. 27, and the public is invited to come join the campers for Sunday morning worship on the prairie, with Pastor Tom Penning.

More details and schedule of events will be soon be published. Be sure to watch for more information on all of the activities.

For more information, you may contact the following individuals: Rendezvous: Pete & Sherry Gusenius 605-374-3449; Plein Air Contest: John Lopez 605-209-0954

The Lemmon community has come together to help form an annual celebration to recognize this local legend and area history. Activities this year will include the opening ceremony and reception on Thursday evening, Aug. 24 at the Grand River Museum in Lemmon. This year, we will be focusing on the buffalo, and how they impacted our early inhabitants in the Dakotas. Guest speaker will be Doug Ellison of Medora. We will also hear from Francie Berg of Hettinger, who has recently released her book “Buffalo Trails in the Dakota Buttes”. This year, the reception will offer a dessert bar with lots of delicious delectables to enjoy while listening to our speaker.

Friday, Aug. 25, is designated as “Youth Day” at the Rendezvous site, and schools are invited to offer their students an opportunity for a fun and educational field trip back into the early life on the prairie.

Then, on Saturday, the public may come out to share in a full day of activities. You may enjoy a horse and wagon ride to the rendezvous camp and view the primitive campsites set up by those participating in the rendezvous. Demonstrations will be taking place, and you may shop with various vendors in the trader’s row. There will be kid’s games and activities held.

Special entertainment on Saturday will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Hugh Glass Park Campground. We will hear from Steve Grosvenor, who is the creator of the limited series of knives made for the Rendezvous’ Raffle. Steve recently competed on the History channel’s episode of ‘Forged in Fire’, coming away the champion bladesmith in the televised competition. We will also have the op- portunity to listen to Darren Thompson, who is a Native American flute player and educator from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Reser- vation in northern Wisconsin. Darren has worked as the headline performer at the Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills.