Fort Ransom State Park holding Sodbuster event

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The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department, under the North Dakota Smart Restart guidelines, has announced the 2020 Summer Sodbuster Event is July 11-12 at Fort Ransom State Park. The Sodbuster event is an opportunity for visitors to experience what homesteading and pioneer life was like in North Dakota. This event showcases turn-of-the-century farming technology and brings to life the historic Sunne Farm.

This two-day event is packed with activities for the family. Grab some handmade lefse or ice cream and catch one of the demonstrations on blacksmithing, threshing and woodworking at the sawmill. Visitors can also enjoy live music, food trucks and a pie auction. The Sunne House will be open for self-guided tours. After the event, visitors are invited to explore the park and the 20 miles of trails the park has to offer.

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department and the Fort Ransom Sodbuster Association have been partnering on this event for over 30 years.

"It is partnerships like this that make the preservation and education of our state's history come to life," said Andrea Travnicek, director, North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. "We are grateful for all of the hard work and planning the Fort Ransom Sodbusters Association puts into this event. We are especially appreciative of their ability and willingness to adapt this event to align with the North Dakota Smart Restart Guidelines."

The Sodbuster event costs $10 per person. Due to CODIV-19, some adaptations will be implemented to comply with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and the current gathering restrictions under the North Dakota Smart Restart guidelines. The department reminds visitors to follow the CDC's guidelines on social distancing and personal hygiene while visiting the park.


This story has been updated to correct the admission fee.

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