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Powder River Set for Veterans Day Celebration

The 77th Annual Powder River Show & Dance will take place on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11 at the Bonesteel Hall.

Emcee for the evening will be Tyson Vogt, Bonesteel native and Sargent with the South Dakota Army National Guard. Tyson has served 10 years in the 155th Engineering Company, following in the footsteps of older brothers Trent and Tyler who are now both retired from their many years of service in the Guards. His colorful commentary will surely bring entertainment to this humorous western tradition we call theater.

While a time for celebration, we’ll also be remembering the 20+ years that Bob Hausmann, Jr. was a part of this night. Our community lost Bob this past summer. “I’ll always remember Bob in his big, brown felt hat on that stage,” comments director Gene Schmitz.

Bob also stepped in as emcee from time to time, some years alongside brothers Scott and Jon Hausmann.

Bob Jr. was following in the footsteps of his father Bob Hausmann, Sr. who was also a longstanding part of Powder River, both as actor and then years as director prior to Schmitz taking on that role.

This show carries an unmeasurable amount of history and is really about so much more than playing cowboys.

Speaking of playing cowboy, the exciting addition of Weston Frank to the after-party this year is sure to draw a crowd. The headline on Weston’s website reads “Pretending to Be a Cowboy Since 2012,” so we think he’ll fit in just fine.

This two-piece acoustic live music show will create a fun and relaxed musical atmosphere perfect for enjoying a beverage and catching up with friends, or making use of the dance floor.

The Legion will again host a beer garden on site at the Bonesteel Hall and will be selling raffle tickets for 22 cash prizes (available until drawing at Midnight).

A reminder that this show is a fundraiser for both the Bonesteel Fire Department and American Legion Post 36. Your $10 entry at the door covers the show and the dance.

Show time is set for 8:00 p.m. at the Bonesteel City Hall on Main Street with the dance to follow.

For those who wish to take part in this nostalgic night from afar, the show will be livestreamed on the Powder River Facebook page.


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