Crazy Horse welcomes fall with special events
In South Dakota’s land of “Great Places,” Crazy Horse Memorial stands ready to welcome those making fall and winter escapes to the Black Hills.
The Memorial’s special events in September include a chance to win a motorcycle and the year’s second night blast on the mountain carving.
Crazy Horse begins its autumnal celebration with its traditional Labor Day weekend open house, Saturday through Monday, Sept. 1-3. During the holiday observance, admission to Crazy Horse is free in exchange for three cans of food per person or monetary gifts to benefit people served by the Feeding South Dakota food bank in Rapid City.
On Saturday, Sept. 1, volunteers in a nonprofit effort will present their “Honoring the Circle” programs that encourage peaceful and environmentally friendly living. The event involves members from several tribes, the musical group Brule’ and members of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. For details, visit honoringthecircle.moonfruit.com
On Thursday, Sept. 6, the Memorial honors its legendary namesake and its founding sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski. Admission after 6 p.m. is free with donations of canned food or funds for the KOTA Care & Share Food Drive for the food bank.
The drawing for the Harley-Davidson Street Glide will be at 3 p.m. Thursday. The motorcycle features Korczak-themed illustrations by Arizona artist Charles Armstrong. The nonprofit Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation since 2006 uses proceeds from annual raffle ticket sales to help fund its educational programs and work on the mountain carving. For information about the fund-raising benefit, call (605) 673-4681 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The day’s grand finale happens at dark with the combined “Legends in Light” laser-light program on the sculpture and the traditional night blast. The brilliant pyrotechnical flashes encircle the mountain, producing thunderous percussions that sound like a huge beating drum.
The ceremonial tribute remembers Lakota leader Crazy Horse, who was attacked by soldiers and died in 1877 at Fort Robinson, Nebraska, and Korczak, who was born Sept. 6, 1908.
The month’s slate of special activities concludes with the September 30 ‘Run Crazy Horse’ half-marathon, full marathon and team marathon competitions. The races start at Crazy Horse and finish in nearby Hill City. Visit www.runcrazyhorse.com for details and entry information.
Other upcoming fall events at Crazy Horse include:
– Oct. 8 Native Americans’ Day activities and programs include the South Dakota Symphony and its Lakota Music Project. There will be an 11 a.m. mountain blast, weather permitting, followed by a free buffalo stew luncheon at the Memorial’s Laughing Water Restaurant.
– Oct. 20 Korczak Remembrance Day observes the 30th anniversary of his unexpected death in 1982. Visitors may pay their respects to the sculptor, his daughter Anne and son-in-law James Howe at the tomb area near the mountain carving. Weather permitting, there will be a 4 p.m. mountain blast.
Crazy Horse Memorial is open every day and is just 17 miles from Mount Rushmore on the Crazy Horse Memorial Highway, U.S. 16/385 between Custer and Hill City. Call 605-673-4681 or email email@example.com for information.