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- The Memorial Day Weekend Open House, May 28-30, kicks off the summer visitor season at Crazy Horse. Residents of Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming can tour free by contributing cash or three cans of food per person for the KOTA Care and Share Food Drive. The weekend brings the seasonal start of the “Legends in Light” laser and light show program that is shown nightly on the mountain carving. Guests also will see the new array of artists’ booths in the Native American Educational & Cultural Center and in the Indian Museum of North America.
- Thursday, June 2, starts the summer lecture and performance series. The free 6 p.m. weekly programs continue through August 25. The first presentation will include a demonstration of Lakota-Dakota hand games and a performance by the Ateyapi Singers and Drum Group from Rapid City, SD.
- Friday, June 3, will mark the anniversary of the first blast dedicating the Memorial in 1948, the completion of Crazy Horse’s face in 1998 and the ceremonial beginning to finish the horse’s head. That work will start with Crazy Horse’s outstretched hand nestled atop the mane and gesturing to “my lands and where my dead lie buried.”
- The 26th Crazy Horse Volksmarch public hike up to the mountain carving will be Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5. The Memorial waives admission for walkers contributing money or three cans of food per person for the KOTA Care & Share Food Drive. Last year, 10,905 hikers provided 18,807 pounds of food and $8,684 to the regional collection for the needy.
- Crazy Horse Memorial’s 21st Gift from Mother Earth Celebration will spotlight work by American Indian and Western artists Friday through Sunday, June 17-19. Show hours in the Memorial’s visitor center are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
- Friday also kicks off the 21st Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo, featuring Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association cowboys and cowgirls from South Dakota and surrounding states. Saturday and Sunday will showcase Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association action. The rodeo sessions start at 2 p.m. each day at the Crazy Horse Memorial rodeo grounds.
- Rodeo tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for children 6-13, and free to youth under age 6. Tickets to the rodeo can be purchased at the Memorial’s entrance or at the rodeo grounds. With the purchase of a rodeo ticket, admission to Crazy Horse Memorial is free, with three cans of food per person for the KOTA Care & Share Food Drive.
- The June 26 night blast honoring Ruth Ziolkowski on her 85th birthday and remembering the 135th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Admission after 7 p.m. will be three cans of food per person for the KOTA Care & Share Food Drive.