June event calendar loaded at Crazy Horse
This year’s 28th Crazy Horse Volksmarch kicks off a string of special events at Crazy Horse, timed to remember the June 3, 1948, dedication of the nonprofit project to honor the heritage and living cultures of North America’s Indian people.
“In addition to special activities, these weekends offer an opportunity for visitors to see the winter progress on the mountain and new displays in the visitor complex,” Crazy Horse Memorial CEO Ruth Ziolkowski said.
Other June events at Crazy Horse include:
June 4 – The traditional blast remembering the start of the carving project 65 years ago is scheduled for 11 a.m., weather permitting. The commemorative blast will be delayed a day due to post-volksmarch duties.
June 6 – A demonstration of Lakota hand games by a group of Rapid City students will begin this summer’s weekly performance and lecture series. The programs begin at 6 p.m. each Thursday through Aug. 29. Admission to the Memorial to see the program is free with donations of three cans of food or a financial gift for the Feeding South Dakota food bank.
June 8 – The Indian University of North America at Crazy Horse begins its fourth summer program, welcoming 32 freshmen-level students from nine states. The prospective college students will continue their studies through Aug. 9.
June 14-16 – Father’s Day weekend features the Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo and Gift from Mother Earth Celebration art show and sale. The Stampede starts with Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association action at 2 p.m. Friday, and follows with Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association events on Saturday and Sunday. The regional western and Native American art fair opens at 8 a.m. all three days, with vendors located throughout the visitor complex.
June 26 – The first of two annual night blasts commemorates the anniversary of the 1876 Battle of Little Big Horn and Ruth Ziolkowski’s 87th birthday. The program begins at dark and includes the “Legends in Light” laser-light show.