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BEK Prime to Televise 50th Anniversary Performance of the Medora Musical November 29th, at 7 PM CST

(Medora, N.D.) – The Medora Musical will be broadcast on television for the first time in its 50-year history, when BEK Broadcasting Network launches “BEK Prime” — new programming that showcases great North Dakota content, in prime-time.

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Howdy Pardner!

The Holidays are fast approaching! With cookin’ and travelin’ taking up most of your time, it can be purdy tough to find that great gift. Well, we did some figurin’ and found a great way to wrangle that perfect gift!


The Medora Online Store!


This here general store has everything you need for the Medora super-fan in your life! From the cuddliest Teddys in all the west, to historic books filled with colorful characters and rich in historical facts, we’ve got what you need this Holiday Season — just take a gander!

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This Coffee Table Book Makes

the Best Christmas Present


This past summer, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Medora Musical, which first showed — wooden plank seating, dirt floors and all — on July 1, 1965. It was a great season with so many favorites that took us down memory lane.

But the super fun flashbacks don’t have to end there; in the fan-favorite coffee table book, MEDORA MUSICAL: THE FIRST 50 YEARS, you can take a stroll through all of the years since the show’s beginning — with large photos, play bills, and commentary from the pioneers of our show to bring you right back to the very first day in the seats of the Medora Musical.

Plus, this new coffee table book is the perfect gift for Christmas! You can order it right here.

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Featuring musical performances by Emily Walter and Jared Mason and magic of Bill Sorensen

(MEDORA, ND) Today the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) announced that three best of the west entertainers are bringing Medora-style, family entertainment to the four corners of the state with 13 shows in 10 communities between Nov. 28 and Dec. 13, 2015.

A Magical Musical Medora Christmas variety show will feature three of the top performers to have graced the stage of the Burning Hills Amphitheater, including Medora Musical co-hosts Bill Sorenson and Emily Walter. They will be joined by yodeler extraordinaire Jared Mason.

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Hey y’all! The “Queen of the West,” Emily Walter, is competing to be one of the top 4 finalists in the North Dakota Music Award’s Favorite Female Vocalist competition!

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RIGHT NOW, all you have to do is follow this link, scroll down to question 12, write in “Emily Walter”, then hit done. Now pat yourself on the back! You’ve just helped “The Queen of the West” take one more step to becoming the North Dakota Music Award’s Favorite Female Vocalist!

The nomination process is open till November 15, up until that date, you can vote for Emily up to five times. The top four nominations in each category will move on to the voting round December 1, 2015 – January 20, 2016 & the winners will be announced February 13, 2016 at the event to be held at the Historic Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck. 

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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