May 8, 2012
For more information contact:
Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation
800-633-6721 ext. 8812
New fun and adventure await Medora’s summer visitors
Medora, N.D. – The summer travel season kicks off with National Travel and Tourism Week, May 5-13. And this year, more adventure and fun await visitors to Medora. The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation has a variety of new activities and attractions, ranging from kids’ activities and entertainment to shopping and history, in store for its summer guests.
“In addition to the fun activities we’ve always provided our visitors, there’s a lot more to take in this year,” said Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation. “Kids of all ages will get a thrill bungee jumping or rock climbing at our new Family Fun Center. Historians have more opportunities to delve into the past, and shoppers can bring home souvenirs made in the U.S.A. And, of course, the Medora Musical boasts new variety acts, some nationally known.”
New Family Fun Center & re-opened Badlands Shooting Gallery
In addition to the existing family activities like mini golf, guests can enjoy the Family Fun Center. This newly-created fun center is entertainment for all ages and features the world’s largest inflatable slide, a bungee jump and rock climbing wall. And back by popular demand is the Badlands Shooting Gallery. This long-time favorite returns in its original spot, around the corner from the Old Town Hall Theater.
Medora Musical variety acts
This year’s Medora Musical spectators will be entertained not only by the talented Burning Hills Singers and Coal Diggers band, but also by variety acts ranging from a Hip Hop roller skating crew featured on NBC’s hit show “America’s Got Talent” to a popular comedian featured on CMT and an illusionist.
- June 8 – 30: Breaksk8, Hip Hop roller skating dancing crew featured on NBC’s hit show America’s Got Talent
- July 1 – 28: George Casey, comedian
- July 29 – Aug. 18: Etta May, character comedian featured on CMT’s Comedy Stage
- Aug. 19 – Sept. 8: Sammy Cortino, illusionist
Tickets to the Medora Musical can be purchased now by calling 1-800-MEDORA-1 or online at www.medora.com.
Opening of the historic Von Hoffman house
As part of the Foundation’s historic preservation and restoration initiative, the Von Hoffmann house has been restored to showcase its historical significance. Formerly the home of the Medora Doll House, the Von Hoffmann house now features a collection of original furniture and period furnishings. Here, visitors can learn about two of Medora’s well-known families and enjoy the gallery of the Ferris family’s correspondence with their friend Theodore Roosevelt.
Made in the U.S.A Mercantile
This new shop provides a unique patriotic shopping experience. The Made in the U.S.A. Mercantile offers a wide variety of souvenir gifts made entirely in the U.S.A., including “Pride of Dakota” items.
A Teddy Roosevelt Salute to Medora
Theodore Roosevelt comes to life in this new, vivid presentation. Learn about Theodore Roosevelt as President, husband, father, soldier and hunter. Much of this new show focuses on Roosevelt’s time in the North Dakota Badlands. Roosevelt is portrayed by Joe Wiegand, who has performed this role nationally, including a White House appearance in celebration of TR’s 150th birthday.
Medora is located at the entrance to the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. As North Dakota’s #1 vacation destination, Medora offers family entertainment in an Old West atmosphere.
For more information about Medora, visit: www.medora.com. For more information about Theodore Roosevelt National Park: www.nps.gov/thro/index.htm
About National Travel and Tourism Week (May 5-13, 2012):
National Travel and Tourism Week, held annually in May, is a salute to travel and tourism in America. It’s a tradition first celebrated in 1984. It was established as National Tourism Week when the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution in 1983 designating the week to be celebrated in May. In a White House ceremony, President Ronald Reagan signed a Presidential Proclamation urging citizens to observe the week with “the appropriate ceremonies and activities.”