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White Cloud's birthday celebration means parade, car show, more
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The buffalo are unlikely to sample any birthday cake, but humans will have plenty of food and ac-tivities to take in this week during White Cloud's 15th Birthday and Tatanka Festival.


"It's a lot of fun! It is truly a city-wide event, and there are lots of options for all age groups, from rope making and Wild West shootouts, to the flea market," said Felicia Sargeant, director of the National Buffalo Museum. "And you can't go wrong with free birthday cake and a kids' carnival."

The event is funded with a $4,000 grant from the Buffalo City Tourism Foundation.

In previous years, the celebration has coincided with the Stutsman County Fair, but this year the fair is the following week -- allowing for more evening activities.

Most -- but not all -- Tatanka Festival activities are divided between McElroy Park and Frontier Village.

Drivers will not be permitted to park at the village.

A shuttle will run from the gates of Frontier Village to the Veterans Memorial Bridge, allowing people to park in one place and attend activities in the park and the village. The wait time for the shuttle is expected to be 10 to 20 minutes, Sargeant said.

The Jamestown Classic Car Club Buffalo Rally has moved back to McElroy Park this year, after previous moves to the downtown area and to Frontier Village, said club President Monte Cole, noting the park offers more shade.

"Usually everybody waits (to register) until the last minute, to check the weather," Cole explained.

He expects 80 to 100 cars will turn up at the show, from vintage vehicles of the early 1900s to modern marvels, souped-up and sparkling. Car aficionados travel from all over North Dakota and even from as far as Texas and Canada to attend each year.

White Cloud's 15th Birthday Parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, with the informal participants' line-up beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of First Avenue and Fifth Street North.

The parade will head south on First Avenue and end on Eighth Street.

"We're hoping for a really nice day that day for the parade," said Kimberly Saxberg, executive director of the Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce, who counted more than 3,000 people at last year's parade.

Anyone still planning on entering the parade should call the chamber by Friday, Saxberg said. Large machinery is not permitted.

The Kids Carnival will feature simple games of chance and skill geared toward preschool and young elementary school-aged children, from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the National Buffalo Museum.

The Jamestown Fire Department will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Jamestown Fire Hall, for $6 per person or $15 per family. Tickets are available at the fire hall.

Food vendors will be at the park and the village. Buffalo burgers, hot dogs and Polish sausage will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the General Store, and free birthday cake will be available until it is gone, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Members of Pride of Dakota will offer crafts and other products made in North Dakota from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Frontier Village.

Dancers, drummers and jiggers will perform in the Metis-Native American tradition at noon and 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Frontier Village, and cowboy humorist Bill Lowman will speak at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Frontier Village Amphitheater.

Sun reporter Kari Lucin can be reached at 701-952-8453 or by e-mail at klucin@