History comes to life: Bonanzaville's Pioneer Days returns

A street dance will be added to this years events

Guests can watch a silent film in the Arthur Town Hall during Pioneer Days Saturday and Sunday. Forum file photo
Guests can watch a silent film in the Arthur Town Hall during Pioneer Days Saturday and Sunday. Forum file photo
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WEST FARGO — Bonanzaville Executive Director Beth Jansen wanted to bring hints of new to the Pioneer Village's longtime fundraiser, Pioneer Days.
So, this year, she's mixing both a small town tradition with the event by hosting a street dance Saturday, Aug. 27 as part of Bonanzaville's Pioneer Days that will be held Saturday and Sunday.

The dance will begin Saturday at 7 p.m. with local band The Cropdusters, featuring Nashville artist Sheyna Gee. Food vendors and adult beverages will also be available.

Pioneer Days offers attendees the chance to take a trip back in time for two days and stroll through the pioneer village to talk with costumed guides and watch historic demonstrations.

Demonstrations will include wet-plate photography, printing in the Hunter Times, butter churning, threshing, open-fire pie making, rosemaling, woodcarving, and others.

Jansen said there will be new food vendors throughout Bonanzaville and horse-drawn wagons will be available to give rides through the historic village.


A kiddy tractor pull will be held for the kids along with a 2 p.m. parade on both Saturday and Sunday.

A special event admission for either a single-day or two-day pass is available. A single-day pass will be $10 for adults, $5 for kids and a $25 family pass is for sale.
A two day pass will be $15 for adults; $10 for kids and $35 family pass.

This is Bonanzaville's 64th Annual Pioneer Days. Proceeds from the annual event are used to for projects and to help operate the year round pioneer village.

Pioneer Days will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 28.

Bonanzaville’s Facebook page will have more information about activities, demonstrations, and street dance tickets.

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Readers can reach West Fargo editor Wendy Reuer at or 701-241-5530 . Follow her on Twitter @ForumWendy .

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