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Watford City Centennial is June 26-29

This year, the city of Watford City will turn 100 years old, and a celebration is planned the weekend of June 26-29.

In 1914 the city of Watford City was founded. A variety of events are planned for the celebration, including entertainment from Tigirlily and 32 Below to Merrill Peipkorn’s Radio Stars, along with magicians, an art show, children’s activities and a film festival that will feature the premiere showing of Cody Shimek’s film “Cowboys and Crude.”

“There is so much going on that it is hard to highlight one thing as our main attraction,” said Jessie Veeder Scofield, local singer and songwriter and a member of the Watford City Centennial Committee. She said people will be excited about the centennial celebration’s main stage events, but will also appreciate the fact that the Centennial Committee has made a conscious effort to celebrate and highlight home grown talent.

“We are really excited to have Tom Brusseau in our line-up. He is a local guy, but he has gone and done some work nationally as well,” Scofield said. “He has a lot of miles and connections, and we are thrilled to have him on our celebration schedule.”

Another addition to the Watford City Centennial entertainment lineup is Merrill Peipkorn. Peipkorn is a well-known radio personality and host of the Prairie Public show “Hear it Now.” He also recently recorded a live radio show in Watford City called “Dakota Air.”

Peipkorn will perform solo at various times throughout the city’s centennial celebration, including a performance at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home and Heritage Park. He will also perform with his group Radio Stars, which tours western North Dakota each summer and is a regular at the Norsk Hostfest.

The Watford City Centennial Celebration line-up will include Tigirlily, 32 Below, Six Appeal, Quintana Biffert, Tom Brosseau, Jessie Veeder and Radio Stars.

In addition to these headline performers, Watford City will welcome Native American dancers, Blake Krabbseth, Magic Keith, North Dakota band Whisky Rebellion, Washington state-based band Mr. Feelgood and the Firm Believers and Medora’s Burning Hill Cloggers.

The centennial celebration will kick off on Thursday, June 25, with a Main Street free feed, film festival and the dedication of Centennial Park, which will include performances from the Native American dancers and Jessie Veeder and Lonesome Willy.

Friday’s festivities will include the Centennial Parade & Festival, Heritage Days with Peipkorn and friends performing old-time music at Heritage Park, all-school reunions, and the annual Trish Gravos Golf Scramble. During the day, the Tourist Park Main Stage will feature a community high school band, Badlands gymnastics, the Native American dancers and Magic Keith. The evening will end with music, food and fun that will include performances by Brosseau, Mr. Feelgood and the Firm Believers and Whiskey Rebellion.

Saturday will be jam-packed with events from the Centennial Homefest Run, Centennial Art Show, all-school reunions and Art in the Park. During the day, the Tourist Park Main Stage will feature Quintana Biffert, Medora’s Burning Hills Cloggers, Meadowlark Dance Studio Dancers, Jessie Veeder, Magician Blake Krabbseth and Merrill Peipkorn & the Radio Stars. The evening will end with a free dinner feed at the McKenzie County Fairgrounds and centennial gun auction, as well as performances by Six Appeal, Tigirlily and 32 Below.

Sunday will close the weekend of celebration with a morning of Merrill Peipkorn & the Radio Stars performing gospel music and a nondenominational worship service to follow. A complimentary bus service will run between Main Street, South Park, Heritage Park, Watford City High School, Tourist Park and the fairgrounds. More information regarding the Watford City Centennial Celebration, including a full schedule of events, can be found at www.watfordci ule.