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Clint Sweet on buckin' bronc, mid 1990s
Clinton Sweet on buckin' bronc, Fort Ransom Arena, mid 1990s. Photo: Loren Oslie

Fort Ransom Sodbusters Association: Pioneer Life

This organization documents the pioneer heritage of the small town of Fort Ransom as demonstrated by two events: a Fourth of July rodeo and Sodbuster Days, held twice yearly. The rodeo is a second and third generation event. Sodbuster Days, a two-day event held at Fort Ransom State Park, exhibits traditional folk arts and crafts such as quilting, tatting, soap-making, horse-farming methods and the making of traditional area foods such as rommegrot, lefse. Founded in 1878, the town has survived far from major transportation arteries and takes pride in its preservation of these traditional skills.

Originally submitted by: Byron Dorgan, Senator.

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