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Fort Ransom Sodbuster Days is July 12-13, at Fort Ransom State Park in the Sheyenne River Valley. The annual event has been going on for nearly three decades and gives visitors a glimpse of how North Dakota’s early settlers lived.

It’s a family event with turn-of-the-century demonstrations involving cooking, blacksmithing, small engine work, threshing, haying and weaving. The event begins on July 12, running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On July 13 it gets underway at 7 a.m. with field presentations starting at 10 a.m. People can watch as workers use century-old methods to fill the 100-year-old Sunne Barn hay loft.

Some highlights of the two-day event include: pie baking and a pie auction on Saturday; an old-time music jam at 8 p.m. Saturday and live music both days in the Music Building; a parade on Sunday starting at 10:30 a.m.; pancake breakfast Sunday starting at 7 a.m.; interdenominational church service on Sunday at 9 a.m. in the Music Building; kids’ events including tug-o-war and watermelon seed spitting, both days.

Admission is $7 per person, and children ages 12 and under are free. The Fort Ransom State Park daily vehicle entrance fee is waived during Sodbuster Days. The event is sponsored by the Fort Ransom Sodbuster Association and the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. There are shuttle rides available from the parking area to the Sunne Farm and there will be food and beverages available at the event.

Information on Fort Ransom Sodbuster Days can be found on the Internet at http://www.ransomcoun or by calling (701) 973-4331. For more on Fort Ransom State Park go to