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North Dakota’s 125th Celebration Party set

The public is invited to celebrate 125 years of history at North Dakota’s 125th Celebration Party Aug. 16 on the Capitol Mall in Bismarck. Festivities will begin at 11 a.m. and run throughout the day.

The North Dakota Council on the Arts, the North Dakota Art Gallery Association and Starion Financial are sponsoring “Under the Dakota Sky: An Exhibition Celebrating 125 Years of Statehood.” This exhibition featured in the Missouri River Events Center at the North Dakota Heritage Center will open during the signature event on the Capitol Mall Aug. 16 and close Oct. 23. More than 70 North Dakota artists will be represented in the exhibition that includes traditional arts, photography, sculptures, paintings and pottery.

Performances scheduled for Aug. 16 include Jessie Veeder and Dakota Air: The Radio Show.

Veeder released her first original album when she was 16 years old. Veeder’s lyrics include references to her own life experiences growing up on a working cattle ranch in western North Dakota.

Dakota Air: The Radio Show broadcasts the talents, culture and history of the region’s people across and beyond the state. Host Merrill Piepkorn and the Radio Stars Band provide a live radio show that features talent from across the region while showcasing the location each show originates from. Guests for the Aug. 16 performance include singer-songwriter Kristi Goldade, the Waddingtons, accordionist Victor Schwahn, North Dakota poet laureate Larry Woiwode and Fargo radio personality and actor Christopher Gabriel.

North Dakota’s 125th Celebration is sponsored in part by Starion Financial, BNSF and Capital RV.