wagon train

Kyle Evans Memorial Wagon Train committee members are pictured as last year's wagon train rolled through town. 

Community invited to supper at wagon train camp tonight 

Hundreds of horse-drawn wagons and riders on horseback will unite together again this year to make their way along an approximate  25-mile route for the much-loved Kyle Evans Memorial Wagon Train. 

The route will begin at Friends Harmony Church west of Wessington Springs. The community is invited to enjoy supper and musical entertainment Friday night at approximately  6 p.m. complete with a shot gun auction and raffle. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Saturday morning the wagon train will roll on towards Wessington Springs, with an approximate arrival time of 3 p.m. The route will take the train by Weskota Manor Avera so that nursing home residents have a chance to witness the annual event. The ride continues towards the Foothills 4-H Rodeo Grounds, just in time for the Bud Light Bull Bash that begins at 6:30 p.m.

Again this year, prints from a special tribute to the Kyle Evans Memorial Wagon Train painted by well-known artist John Green and titled “In Heaven on a Horse” will be sold.  The oil features Kyle Evans in the clouds, watching over the Wagon Train as it follows its route across the prairie. 

Bull Bash Saturday night

Cowboys from around the region will be competing in the 2018 year-end finals of the Territorial Professional Bull Riders Association as the annual Foothills Bud Light Bull Bash begins at the Jerauld County 4-H Grounds in Wessington Springs on Saturday, September 8. The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a Bull Bash Calcutta. Additionally, a shot gun auction and raffle will be held Saturday night. 

The Foothills Rodeo Committee is hosting the event and as with all of the other Foothills Rodeo sanctioned events, funds generated at the event will eventually return to the rodeo grounds and the community. Past improvements made by the committee include a new arena at the rodeo grounds, new bucking chutes, back pens and bleachers.

Twelve of the top riders will compete in two rounds for the year-end title. The rider with the highest score will receive a buckle from the Tyler and Tucker Easton family.

Concessions will be available on the grounds and will be served by volunteers from area churches. No coolers, please.

A Bull Bash Dance will follow the TPBRA event and will be held at the American Legion / Prairie Lounge beginning at 9:30 p.m. the night of the Bash. Tickets will be available at the gate. See the Bull Bash ad in this week's print or e-issue for more information on PAGE TWO

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