Ruth’s Night Blast Article

June 26, 2016

Crazy Horse, SD - June 26, 2016 is your opportunity to see Crazy Horse Mountain Carving light up in an exhilarating display of pyrotechnics. Ruth's Night Blast, celebrates the birthday of the late Ruth Ziolkowski (1926 - 2014), wife of the late Crazy Horse sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski. Ruth's passion, persistence, vision and leadership continues to be an inspiration to many.

The day also commemorates the Battle of the Little Big Horn (June 25, 1876). The Battle of the Little Big Horn, also known as Custer's Last Stand and the Battle of the Greasy Grass, was a decisive victory for the Lakota. Crazy Horse was a main strategist in the defeat of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his troops during this tumultuous time in American history. 

Visitors to Crazy Horse Memorial on June 26, will be able to enjoy many activities throughout the complex. At 6:15pm and 7:45pm there will be a hoop dance performance by Kevin Locke (Hunkpapa Band of Lakota and Anishinabe). Native American flute performances will also be held at 5:30 and 7:00pm, by Darren Thompson (Ojibwe) from the Lac Du Flambeau Ojibwe Reservation in Northern Wisconsin. Creative activities will be offered for visitors of all ages, on the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®’s outdoor patio at 6:00 and 8:00pm. Of course, no birthday would be complete without cake! Stop in the Laughing Water Restaurant after the blast for birthday cake.

Admission will be waived after 7:00 pm; a donation of 3 cans of food for KOTA Care and Share food drive is appreciated. The blast will be after the Laser Light performance at approximately 10 pm.

Ruth’s Night Blast