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2019 Rosebud Fair, Wacipi and Rodeo

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The 143rd Annual Rosebud Fair, Wacipi and Rodeo will be held August 22-25, 2019 at the Rosebud Fairgrounds in Rosebud, South Dakota. The annual Wacipi (powwow), fair and rodeo is held each year, beginning on the fourth Thursday in August, ending on Sunday. This event has long been a favorite stop on the pow wow trail, where generations of Lakota have gathered to celebrate their proud culture.

Rosebud Fair, Wacipi and Rodeo

A host of other exciting activities are held include crowning of the new Miss Rosebud, Miss Teen Rosebud, and Little Miss Teen Rosebud, the Rosebud Fair Parade to be held on Saturday morning, and the annual rodeo.

Rosebud Fair Head Staff
Master of Ceremonies: To Be Announced
Arena Director: To Be Announced
Drum Keeper: To Be Announced
Woman’s Head Judge: To Be Announced
Men’s Head Judge: To Be Announced

Rosebud Fair Special Events
A host of other exciting activities are held include crowning of the new Miss Rosebud, Miss Teen Rosebud, and Little Miss Teen Rosebud, the Rosebud Fair Parade to be held on Saturday morning, and the annual rodeo. Events include:
Men’s Fast Pitch Tournament
Woman’s Softball Tournament
Little League Tournament
Golf Tournament
Mud Races
Horse Shoe TournamentParade

Rosebud Fair & Wacipi Gallery Preview

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Dancer Registration opens Friday @ 1:00 PM

GRAND ENTRIES:
Friday @ 7:00 PM
Saturday @ 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday @ 1:00 PM

TOTAL DRUM PAY OUT – To Be Announced

Adult Dance Categories
1st – $800; 2nd – $600; 3rd – $400; 4th – $200
Mens Golden Age (60+)
Womens Golden Age (60+)
Mens Traditional (40-59)
Womens Traditional (40-59)
Mens Grass (40-59)
Womens Jingle (40-59)
Mens Fancy (40-59)
Womens Fancy (40-59)

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JR. ADULT CATEGORIES (Age 18-39) – $12,000.00
1st – $800; 2nd – $600; 3rd – $400; 4th $200
Mens Traditional, Womens Traditonal, Mens Grass, Womens Jingle, Mens Fancy, Womens Fancy

TEEN CATEGORIES (Age 13-17) – $8,400.00
1st – $500; 2nd – $400; 3rd – $300; 4th – $200
Teen Boys Traditional, Teen Girls Traditional, Teen Boys Grass, Teen Girls Jingle, Teen Boys Fancy, Teen Girls Fancy

JUNIOR CATEGORIES (Age 6-12) – $9,000.00
1st – $500; 2nd – $400; 3rd – $300; 4th – $200
Boys Traditional, Girls Traditional, Boys Fancy, Girls Fancy, Boys Grass, Girls Jingle

Rosebud Fair Rodeo
Thursday is the youth rodeo at 1 p.m. and you can call in and pre-register for it; Friday is the saddle bronc match at 2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday will have rodeo slack at 10 a.m. And 9 a.m., performances at 5 p.m. and 2 p.m. respectively. It’s at the Rosebud Rodeo Grounds. Contact Danielle Burnette at 605-747-2381 or 605-319-1854. Rodeo Contest Categories & Prizes

LOCATION
Rosebud Fairgronds
29 Fairgrounds Road
Rosebud, SD 57570

For More Information:
Danielle Burnette: Call (605) 747-2381; Email: danielle.burnette@rst-nsn.gov

The Rosebud Sioux Tribe is not responsible for any accidents or theft, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and Rosebud Fair are meth free zones!

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The Origins Of The Rosebud Fair BY VI WALN, SICANGU LAKOTA
The first tribal celebration held at Rosebud was in late summer of 1876 after the Sicangu Lakota Oyate learned of the June 25 annihilation of General George A. Custer and the 7th Calvary. It was a victory celebration to honor many Lakota, Dakota, Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors who fought in the Battle of the Little Big Horn. The Akicita also carried home the personal flag of the fallen General Custer along with several troop guidon flags.

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In the years since the Battle of the Little Big Horn took place, the US Army has never attempted to claim the captured flags from Indian Country. In 1984 Francis White Bird, Sicangu Lakota tribal member and Decorated Vietnam Veteran, had replicas of the captured flags made. A ceremony was held at Fort Meade in Sturgis to dedicate the flags. The flags were carried in the grand entry at the Rosebud Wacipi that year for the first time and Mr. White Bird gave the history of them and the celebration’s origins. The Lakota descendants present that day were proud to be part of a waktegli waci or victory dance.

On the first day of the fair, there would be a morning charge. Many young men and women would mount their horses for a long charge through camp. Lakota victory songs were sung and the women sounded their trill. The Wacipi was held for people to dance and enjoy themselves. Other ceremonies, such as a young woman’s coming out celebration or other feasts to honor loved ones, were also held during the Wacipi.

And when sacred ceremonies were taken underground after being outlawed by the federal government, our people would sometimes conduct them under the cover of the annual celebration so as to avoid detection. I remember listening to the story of a kettle dance held during the Wacipi. A late Sicangu elder witnessed this ceremony as a child. She spoke of watching a big crowd surround her older relative as they took part in the ceremony. Origins Of The Rosebud Fair – Full Article

About the Author
Vi Waln is Sicangu Lakota and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Her columns were awarded first place in the South Dakota Newspaper Association 2010 contest. She is Editor of the Lakota Country Times and can be reached through email at vi@lakotacountrytimes.com.

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Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Rosebud Fair, Wacipi and Rodeo at the Rosebud Fairgrounds in Rosebud, South Dakota.

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