Medora’s Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas

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It’s that most wonderful time of the year folks! Medora’s Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas is this weekend, December 9 – 11.

Every Cowboy Christmas the town of Medora glows with wonderful Christmas lights as the smell of wonderful food wafts through the air during Saturday’s Eats on the Streets event!

It’s a weekend the whole family will enjoy, in a scene you won’t forget.

Read on to see the full schedule of A Magical Medora Christmas showings, Cowboy Christmas events, family activities, and great dining options!

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Winter Fun Abounds in Medora this December

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On the first day of Christmas, Medora gave to me! 3 days of Cowboy Christmas, 2 nights of A Magical Medora Christmas, and one Bold St. Nick’s Fatbike Race!

December in Medora is packed with fun family activities, great shows, and a mountain bike race! Yea that’s right, a mountain bike race! Read on to get all the details on a jam-packed December in Medora!

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Bold St. Nicks Winter Fatbike Race – Schedule of Events

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Our friends at Experience Land have created the ultimate winter bike race!

The Bold St. Nicks’s Winter Fatbike Race will be held on December 17 from NOON to 4pm MDT. Whether you’re on Bold St. Nick’s Naughty List or Nice List, you will experience the world-famous Maah Daah Hey trail like few bikers have…FROZEN!

With a traditional holiday-style dinner, award ceremony, and lots of really fun winter-time activities for the whole family. It will feel like Christmas came early for the whole family! HO, HO, HO!

GET ALL THE DETAILS HERE!

 

Friday December 16th (MST)

  • 12:00pm  –  Volunteers meet to make final preparation to the racecourse (all welcome)
  • 5:00pm    –  Volunteers meet at Boots Bar and Grill for a free round of beers

Saturday December 17th (MST)

  • 9:00am     –  Racer Packet Pickup opens at Badlands Pizza Saloon  (3rd Ave, Medora, ND 58645)
  • 11:30am    –  Packet Pickup closes
  • 11:45am    –  Racer Meeting at the starting line by the fire pits
  • 12:00am    –  Final words
  • 12:00pm   –  Race starts for all the “NAUGHTY” and “REINDEER TEAM” riders
  • 1:00pm     –  FREE Horse and carriage rides, FREE cookie decorating & eating
  • 3:00pm     –  Race starts for all the “NICE” riders (horse and carriage rides end)
  • 4:00pm     –  Race is over
  • 4:30pm     –  Award Ceremony
  • 5:00pm     –  Dinner, music, and social hour
  • 6:30pm     –  Badlands Pizza & Saloon close
  • 7:00pm     –  Family Movie Night!  Showing The Grinch staring Jim Carrey at the Rough Riders Hotel

Sunday December 18th (MST)

  • 9:30am    –  Just for fun, Group Recovery Ride.  Route to be determined by conditions and aspirations of attendees.

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Bison Roundup Set to Begin at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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MEDORA, ND – A bison roundup is scheduled for the week of October 16 at the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

For safety reasons, this operation will be closed ot the public, but media are invited to cover the story. Most of the roundup will take place October 17 through 19. The best photographic opportunities will likely be on October 18 and 19. In order to ensure human and animal safety, media representatives must be escorted while at the site. It is recommended that you call the park at 701-623-4466 after 8:00 a.m. MDT on the day you plan to attend the roundup before leaving your office to ensure the operation has not been postponed or changed due to weather or other issues. Read More »

A Magical Medora Christmas Show to Tour Across North Dakota and Western Minnesota

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Five past and present Medora performers will entertain audiences during 25 shows, in 19 communities this November and December. 

 

(MEDORA, NDToday the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation(TRMF) is pleased to announce that A Magical Medora Christmas variety show will again tour this holiday season.

The family-friendly Christmas show will feature the musical talents of Emily Walter, Jared Mason, and Job Christenson, as well as the comedy and magic of Bill Sorensen.

Musical accompaniment will come from Roger Rettig on steel and acoustic guitar. Read More »

Tour Dates for a Magical Medora Christmas Show

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Coming to a town near you!

Five legendary Medora performers are bringing a family-friendly Holiday Show to audiences in North Dakota and western Minnesota!

During 24 shows in 19 communities, A Magical Medora Christmas show will feature vocal performances by the amazing Emily Walter, the multi-talented Jared Mason, and the wonderful Job Christenson.

Throughout the show, Bill Sorensen will wow you with spectacular magic and some hilarious banter with everyone’s favorite steel guitar player, Roger Rettig!

 

Head below to see if a Magical Medora Christmas show is stopping in your town!

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Yoga in the Badlands!

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Moon Rocks to Be Featured at the Fourth Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival

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MEDORA, ND: Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora invite curious minds of all ages to celebrate North Dakota’s dark night skies. Park rangers, astronomers, and space enthusiasts of all types will gather for the Fourth Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25.

“People have been studying the night skies for millennia,” said Chief of Interpretation Eileen Andes. “Dakota Nights celebrates the beauty and fragility of this awe-inspiring resource and makes it accessible and fun for people of all ages. You don’t have to be an astronomy expert; the festival has something for everyone.”

Daytime activities include model rocket building and launching, a “build your own telescope” workshop, “sun gazing,” solar system hikes, family astronomy activities, and hourly presentations in Dickinson State University’s Discovery Dome. As a special offering this year, the park is proud to host NASA lunar samples! Visitors are welcome to enjoy presentations by nationally recognized speakers at 7:00 p.m. MDT each evening at the Cottonwood Campground amphitheater. Afterwards, astronomers will reveal the mysteries of the universe while star gazing in a field of more than a dozen telescopes at Peaceful Valley Ranch. Read More »

Annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival to Be Held at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora

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MEDORA, ND – The fourth annual Dakota Nights Astronomy Festival will be held September 23 – 25 in Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Historic Medora.

This year’s guest speakers are Dr. Tyler Nordgren, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Redlands, artist, photographer, astronomer, and night sky ambassador; Dr. Joe Shaw, Director of the Optical Technology Center at Montana State University; and Dr. Paul Barnhart of the Department of Natural Sciences at Dickinson State University.

Daytime activities include model rocket building and launching; programs inside Dickinson State University’s Discovery Dome, solar viewing, solar system hikes, telescope building, and family activities. NASA lunar samples (moon rocks) will be on display. Evening star gazing with a field of telescopes manned by park rangers and astronomers will take place at historic Peaceful Valley Ranch in the park. The full schedule of events is available for download at www.nps.gov/thro. Read More »

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Medora Musical

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For the past 51 years, the Medora Musical as we know it today has been entertaining audiences from across the country. The musical has come a long way since the original Old Four-Eyes show at the Burning Hills Amphitheatre in 1958 and the production of Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again – A Medora Musical in 1965. So how did the original show compare to the one we all know and love today?

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