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Fort Sisseton Historical Festival

Fort Sisseton Festival

During the first full weekend in June, cavalry troops and infantry units converge on the fort's grounds to form a military encampment complete with soldiers, women and children, and all the necessary tents, uniforms, horses, and memorabilia. The military is joined by fur traders and other participants of the Rendezvous - muzzleloaders, riflemen and crack-shots from eight states meet amidst a teepee encampment with dozens of lodges and traders.

The festival covers the whole gamut of frontier life and settlement. It includes fiddle music, medicine shows, an art and craft show, hoop dancing, songs and music from the Civil War, period dance instruction classes, and a military costume ball - colorful costumes, tall tales and unique system of bartering, will bring history to life.

The annual 3-day event draws more than 15,000 visitors and 200 camping units. Our local supporters have "accused" us of doubling the population of rural South Dakota.

June 6-8, 2014



$5 dollars per person (12 and over)


Stay on the grounds during the Festival and experience the night like our forefathers once did - sleep comfortably under the stars and enjoy the sounds of the great outdoors.

  • $25 per unit per night (includes daily admission)
  • Use the South Gate for both camping and general admission

Camping Reservations

Reservations are available for public camping (located near south entrance).

  • Reservations open at 7 a.m. 90 days prior to arrival www.campsd.com or 1.800.710.2267
  • Campsites will be assigned upon arrival
  • Making reservations will reduce check-in time. Please remember your confirmation letter.



V.M. Starr Rendezvous Camp

Take part in a Rendezvous reenactment! Stop by the camp and hear tall tales of adventure, watch traders show off their mountaineering skills, and bargain for kettles, pelts, knives or blankets, or compete in black powder shoots and Tomahawk throws.

Frontier Army

Help welcome the Frontier Army to Fort Sisseton! Walk through the authentic military camp and watch the saber drills and foot-soldering. This group welcomes questions and visitors. Gatling gun and cannon firing demonstrations will be done at the shooting range.

Ranch Rodeo & Arena Events

From antique tractors from the days of the Frontier, to the bucking broncs of the Wild West, experience the excitement of days gone by.

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