Frontier Military Days show life 150 years ago

Submitted Photos Visitors to the Frontier Military Days events will get to witness life at Fort Stevenson 150 years ago, getting to see a variety of tasks they had to perform, including the sawing techniques shown here.

Fort Stevenson State Park will be holding their annual celebration of the original Fort Stevenson this weekend at Frontier Military Days. This event will run Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Frontier Military Days has been an annual event at Fort Stevenson State Park for 27 years. The event is open to anyone and will feature daily 1870s re-enactors, hands on old-time skills and crafts, presentations, tours and more.

The event showcases how life in the 1870s was for those living at the original Fort Stevenson, with aspects such as the guardhouse from the original fort there for guests to see and tour.

Each day the cannon outside the guard house will be fired at noon and at 3:30 p.m.

“The cannon is a reproduction of the original cannon at the fort,” said Messerly.

Saturday will feature a presentation by William Jackson, the author of “Dakota Mysteries and Oddities,” at 2 p.m. A free root beer social will follow.

Sunday will be host to a pie baking contest 10 a.m. to noon where bakers can submit their pies for cash prize awards. At 2 p.m., a portrayal of a “Norwegian Immigrant” by Roger Hellsvig will take place. Following the portrayal, guests can enjoy a pie and ice cream social.

“Frontier Military Days is a good way for people to get a real portrayal of things as they were 150 years ago,” Messerly said.

Sunday will be Visitor Appreciation Day at Fort Stevenson State Park and entrance into the park will be free.