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Medora Musical sees over 124,000 and Bully Pulpit en route to 19,000

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) announced today the final, record-setting numbers for this year’s 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical – and that Bully Pulpit Golf Course is on pace to set a record of its own, as well.

At the close of this year’s finale, the 2015 Medora Musical had set a new, all-time record for attendance, with 124,074 audience members taking in this summer’s 100-show season. This year’s record-setting attendance number surpassed 2014 – a year that took Musical attendance over 100,000 for the first time in eight years – by over 20,000 attendees.

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As our 2015 Medora Musical comes to a close… cast, band, riders, crew, employees start to clean up and pack up. We all reflect on this year’s Musical season. It has been a record-breaking year, in so many ways! Our highest audience attendance ever! Only two rainout shows! Honorable Musical reunion guests and guest performers! And so much more…! Allow me to leave you with some fun memories of this summer’s Medora Musical. (In no particular order…)

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This year’s rally to feature the 1st Annual Badlands Kite Fest

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is excited to announce that the 13th Annual Medora Hot Air Balloon Rally, and 1st Annual Badlands Kite Fest, will take place Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13.

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With a week left of the show over 114,000 have attended, more than 120,000 expected


(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is excited to announce that a new, all-time attendance record has been set at the Medora Musical. As of September 4, 114,033 people have now seen the 2015, 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical, with over a week remaining in the season.

Previously, the most attended season of the Medora Musical was 2001, when more than 113,600 people attended the show.

Pre-sales for the final week of this year’s production indicate that more than 120,000 will take in the “Greatest Show in the West” before the finale on September 12.

“We’ve imagined having a year of this scale for a long time; we’ve come close during my 27 years, but never had a summer quite like this anniversary season,” Commented TRMF President Randy Hatzenbuhler in a previous statement.

Today he added, “With a week left before we close on September 12, we can truly say this has been the best season that I’ve ever been a part of. We’ve had a great cast, an excellent team of employees and, most of all, absolutely wonderful guests who’ve, really, been the ones to make this all possible. Everyone at TRMF is so excited to see this new record reached, but also so thankful to have the support of our guests and of the state of North Dakota.”

The 2015 Medora Musical shows every night at 7:30 p.m. MDT, in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre cut right into the majestic and rugged North Dakota Badlands. More information and tickets are available at



Performances pay tribute to former Burning Hills Singer and Host of the Medora Musical.

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is pleased to announce that the 7th annual Wade Westin Music Fest will take place Sunday, September 6, on the Chuckwagon Patio in Historic Downtown Medora.

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You’ve got to be a Jack or Jane of all trades when you are a Burning Hills Singer. For many, the work doesn’t start and stop on the stage of the Medora Musical. Read what Misti Koop has to say about working all the livelong day in Medora!

Most of us work a second job, so this schedule helps to shape our weeks here in Medora. Many of us sing a set each week at the Chuckwagon Patio, and our Coal Diggers accompany us as well as play 6 nights a week up at the Pitchfork Steak Fondue!

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Dinner and a Show — just how Harold did it in 1965

50 years ago, Harold Schafer embarked upon building what we know today as the Medora Musical — a show we North Dakotans are proud to call our own, that has now entertained nearly 4 Million people. One of the very first things Harold did to bring guests to his new show was rent charter busses and fill them up with curious folks from Bismarck-Mandan, telling them he was taking them to “Dinner and a show!”

For one day only, September 11, the final Friday of the 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical, we’re bringing back one of Harold’s first ideas to promote the Medora Musical. 

Thanks to our friends at Harlow’s Trailways and iHeart Media Bismarck, you can jump on the Harlow’s Harold Bus to Medora, see the show on the final Friday of the season, and sleep in your own bed that same night (although it’ll be a little late after all that fun.)


This One Day Trip Includes

  • Round trip, same-day charter travel to Medora – leave and return on Friday, September 11
  • FREE and exclusive greeting from Medora Musical Cast and TRMF President Randy Hatzenbuhler
  • Dinner at the world-famous Pitchfork Steak Fondue
  • FREE Medora Musical Behind the Scenes Tour
  • Lower level, group seating to the Medora Musical, the “Greatest Show in the West!” for the final Friday of the Medora Musical

The Harold Schafer documentary “Mr. Bubble” will air on the bus en route to Medora. Other bus amenities include: Free WiFi, restroom, reclining seats, DVD entertainment & 110 volt outlets.



Adult Musical, Pitchfork Fondue, Cast Greeting, Tour, & Transportation

$85.00 +tax



Harold Bus to Medora Itinerary

  • 3:30pm CDT Check-in at iHeart Media Studios in Bismarck, ND
    3500 E Rosser Ave
    Bismarck, ND 58501
  • 4:00pm CDT Bus Departs from iHeart Media Studios in Bismarck, ND
  • 5:00pm MDT Arrive in Medora
  • 5:15pm MDT Special Greeting from Medora Musical Cast Member and TRMF President Randy Hatzenbuhler with a “Harold Story”
  • 5:30pm MDT Pitchfork Steak Fondue at the Tjaden Terrace
  • 6:30pm MDT time to take in the beautiful badlands, take a few photos or shop around the Medora Musical Welcome Center
  • 7:30pm MDT enjoy the Medora Musical!
  • 9:40pm MDT Medora Musical concludes
  • 10:00pm MDT Depart Medora
  • 1:00am CDT return to Bismarck at iHeart Media Studios


Tickets are very limited for this special, Harold Bus to Medora

So call 1-800-MEDORA-1 to book now!


A special thanks goes to our friends at Harlow’s Trailways and iHeart Media Bismarck for their support in this fun way to pay tribute to Harold Schafer and allow more folks to experience Medora for positive, life-changing experiences.


Crowd favorite Medora Musical Variety Act to return to Medora August 29 – September 12

(Medora, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) and StageWest Entertainment is proud to announce that the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic Troupe will return to the stage of the Medora Musical, as the featured Variety Act, August 29 – September 12.

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We all gotta eat. Between hiking, shopping, the Medora Musical, and Bully Pulpit Golf Course, you may wonder when you and your gang will find time to eat. Relax, we’ve got your back. In Medora, there is no shortage of places to grab a bite and take a load off. Below are the best places to eat when you are in between your Medora adventures! Take a look.

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Numbers on pace to set all time record 

(MEDORA, ND) – The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) is excited to announce that sales for the 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical have officially surpassed the total for the 2014 rendition of the “Greatest Show in the West.”

At box office closing on Monday, total sales for this year’s show have crossed the 2014 total of 103,946, and are on pace to set an all-time record with nearly a month of the Medora Musical remaining.

Ticket sales for this year’s show are 13% ahead of the previous year and are on pace to surpass 115,000, which would make this the most attended Medora Musical in its 50 year history.

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