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(SD)-Badger Clark Festival Headlines Busy Day In Hot Springs  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 09/23/2017 01:45 AM
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) - Today is a busy day in Hot Springs with 3 special events: the 20th annual  Badger Clark Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival, Climb Hot Springs, and Pioneer Day at the Pioneer Museum in the historic Fall River County Courthouse.

       The Badger Clark Festival actually began last evening, but the three main events are today at the Mueller Center: a poet's workshop at 9:00 am, a program of Badger Clark poems set to music at 2:00, and the concluding concert tonight at 7:00.

        Headlining the concert is Suzie Knight, while the other performers are the Hot Springs duo the Ramblin' Rangers and the Campfire Concerto comprised of Paul Larson, Kenny Putnam, Boyd Bristow and Chet Murray.

       Festival spokesman Rick Kaan says this morning's poet's workshop is aimed at those wanting to become cowboy poets or songwriters, and is being led by 3 of the best: Larson, Putnam, and Knight.

      Kaan thinks people will also enjoy the 2:00 show, An Afternoon With Badger Clark - featuring Pegie Douglas and the Badget Sett Band performing Clark's poetry and songs.

       Clark was the South Dakota Poet Laureate from 1937 until his death in 1957 at age 74 and spent nearly all of the final 32 years of his life living in an isolated cabin in Custer State Park.

      Climb Hot Springs, sponsored by the Hot Springs Rotary Club as a fundraiser, is among over 100 races made up entirely of running stairs or incorporating stairs into a longer course, but is one of just 2 true outdoor stairclimbing events.

      It offers 2 races on predominantly flat ground in Hot Springs or over the city's Freedom Trail interspersed with outdoor stairs: a 7-mile course featuring 5 staircases with 657 stairs and a 3-mile course with 2 sets of stairs.

   Competitors from 7 states have already registered with additional registrations this morning from 7-8:45 in Centennial Park with the race starting at 9:00.

     Up on the hill overlooking Hot Springs, Pioneer Day at the museum runs from 9-4:00 with live music, museum tours, craft vendors, and pioneer craft demonstrations.


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