Mandan News

‘The Virginian’ to appear in the Mandan Parade

James Drury

James Drury

Legendary Actor James Drury, who played “The Virginian” in the NBC series, will be in Mandan for the 2013 Rodeo Days. Drury will be attending Art in the Park, the Mandan Rodeo and appearing at several local businesses for autograph sessions.

The visit begins with a special “Welcome to Mandan” dinner with Drury at the Mandan Eagles on Monday, July 1. A limited amount of tickets are available at $25 and include dinner. The visit will culminate with Drury in the Mandan Independence Day Parade as part of the Bill Barth Ford entry. “The parade committee is very excited to have Mr. Drury involved in our event”, said Marlo Anderson, parade co-chair. “The 2013 parade is going to be exciting to attend with the USS North Dakota, the Burning Hills Singers from Medora and ‘The Virginian’ James Drury.”

Meriwether Trading & Gifts in Mandan are the driving force behind the Drury visit. “We are excited to be part of this community and wanted to do something special for Mandan,” said Roma Newton of Meriwether’s. Scott and Roma Newton opened Meriwether’s in Mandan in 2012 and offer a variety of souvenirs and gift items as well as silk screening services.

In a recent interview, Drury said he is excited to be in Mandan for Independence Day. “Mandan has a long tradition of celebrating our Nations Independence. I have always wanted to take part in the celebration in Mandan and look forward to my visit,” he said.

Drury is an american actor probably best known for his success in playing the title role in the 90-minute weekly western television series, “The Virginian,” broadcast on NBC from 1962 to 1971. With 12- to 14-hour workdays, the series had perhaps the most demanding production schedules in the history of network television.

In 1991, Drury was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.

Tickets for the Drury dinner on July 1 are available by calling 751-4243 or 480-294-0048.