Mandan News

Ending the summer with a sizzle

The Ravens - a Bismarck band played 50s and 60s rock music. (Rick Scharf photo)

The Ravens – a Bismarck band played 50s and 60s rock music. (Rick Scharf photo)

 Mayor Arlyn Van Beek helped serve the community during the Wild West Grill Fest this past weekend. (Dustin White photo)

 Mayor Arlyn Van Beek helped serve the community during the Wild West Grill Fest this past weekend. (Dustin White photo)

Staff at the Grill Depot was selling many styles of grills. Here, Tate Russell is pushing a green and yellow Traeger grill that looks like a John Deere tractor. (Rick Scharf photo)

Staff at the Grill Depot was selling many styles of grills. Here, Tate Russell is pushing a green and yellow Traeger grill that looks like a John Deere tractor. (Rick Scharf photo)

The Mandan Kachinas were busy on Friday, during the Wild West Grill Fest, painting faces. (Dustin White photo)

The Mandan Kachinas were busy on Friday, during the Wild West Grill Fest, painting faces. (Dustin White photo)

Hundreds came out to see the final band shell concert. (Dustin White photo)

Hundreds came out to see the final band shell concert. (Dustin White photo)

By Dustin White
Mandan News, editor

While the day started off with a few storms, the clouds eventually broke, just in time for the evening events at the second day of the Wild West Grill Fest in Mandan, held on Aug. 15-16.

The situation was one that has become all too common this summer. However, area residents, remaining resilient, made the best out of the poor weather, with thousands braving the elements in order to enjoy the event.

Marking the end of the summer season, for many, it was the perfect way to celebrate. Besides having the chance to taste a number of different types of bbq’d foods, it was also a way to come out and support the Mandan community.

The nights were then filled with music, giving residents a chance to party in the park. Headlining on Friday was the country band Outlaw Sippin’, while Dirty Word closed out the event on Saturday.
Even with weather that would not cooperate, the event was quite a success.

“It’s grown to our second most successful event,” Mayor Arlyn Van Beek said. “We keep building on it and pray for good weather.”

125th birthday celebration
The weekend also saw the first of two celebrations for the birthday of North Dakota.

With umbrellas ready, crowds of people ventured out into the rain to partake in the afternoon festivities at the capitol.

While some of the events were moved into the heritage center, a few of the acts continued to perform on the main stage, regardless of the weather.

Moving inside, visitors were able to see the some of the newly renovated heritage center, which depicted a portion of the state’s history.

As the day progressed though, the sun finally came out, which also brought additional visitors to the celebration.

End of summer
With these events marking the end of what will be, for many, the summer season, the celebrations were a welcomed addition to their weekend.

Braving the weather, vendors set up for the Wild West Grill Fest on Friday and Saturday (Dustin White photo)

Braving the weather, vendors set up for the Wild West Grill Fest on Friday and Saturday (Dustin White photo)

On stage- from the Medora Musical, the Burning Hills singers. (Rick Scharf photo)

On stage- from the Medora Musical, the Burning Hills singers. (Rick Scharf photo)