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Mount Rushmore mascots to celebrate South Dakota’s 125th birthday
By Staff reports

August 12. 2014 12:47PM
PIERRE, S.D. – The Mount Rushmore Mascots are coming to Watertown for a special South Dakota 125th birthday celebration on Sunday, Aug. 17, where entertainment and activities for kids and adults will be provided. The celebration starts at 2 p.m. at the Joy Ranch.

At the birthday event, Joshua Spies will unveil two special paintings he completed to honor Watertown and the state’s anniversary year.

Activities will include train rides, a horseshoe tournament, a time capsule and a beard contest. There will also be an old-time classroom on display and an old-time photo booth.

Various speakers will talk about patchwork of the prairie, railroading in territorial times, history of Lake Kampeska and commemorating the ‘Q’:125 years of statehood. Re-enactors portraying Gov. Arthur Mellette, Mrs. Maggie Mellette, Etta Tarbell and John Banvard will also be present.

Entertainment will be provided by the Old Time Fiddlers, the Sons of Norway, Native American dancers, old-time hymn singing, Greg Hanson and the Backroads, an old west shoot out, a Watertown Municipal Band Concert and a special Sherwin Linton “Forever on the Stage” concert.

Weather permitting, the celebration will conclude with a fireworks display.

Admission is free, but five-dollar commemorative, numbered buttons are being sold to help defray expenses. Two numbers will be drawn and the winners will each receive $500 in Watertown bucks. Many Watertown businesses and organizations are also sponsoring activities and events.

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