Pierre, S.D. – Cowboys and horses will bring plenty of commotion to the community of Belle Fourche on Aug. 5, 2009, when the Best of America by Horseback cast and crew trots into town.
“We welcome the Best of America by Horseback television crew to South Dakota,” said Richard Benda, secretary of the Department of Tourism and Economic Development. “The cast and crew will have spent about a month’s time traveling through our state, and we are honored that South Dakota has been a part of this amazing trail ride.”
Lt. Gov. Dennis Daugaard will welcome the cast and crew to the state at the Center of the Nation Memorial in Belle Fourche on Aug. 5, 2009, at 3:30 p.m. MDT. The media and public are welcome to attend. Following the public welcome, refreshments will be served and attendees will be entertained by local musicians with the Belle Fourche Jackpot Rodeo to begin at 6:00 p.m. MDT.
Motorcyclists will also be riding into Belle Fourche that day. In conjunction with the public welcome, there will be a Freedom Ride with the Rolling Thunder motorcycle group. Veterans and non-veterans will ride from the Broken Spoke campground in Sturgis (host of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Moving Wall) to the Center of the Nation Memorial. Participants will be honored and recognized for their service.
About the Best of America by Horseback TV Series: The extensive trail ride covers nearly 2,000 miles from the Mexico border to the Canadian border. The crew began its ride in April and will arrive in Saskatchewan, Canada in September. The crew averages about 15-20 miles per day, riding three to four days and resting one to two days. The ride consists of about 50 core riders and is accompanied by a safety vehicle and trailer as much as possible. The television series can be seen weekly on RFD-TV. Learn more here: http://www.bestofamericabyhorseback.com/home.html.
About Rolling Thunder: Rolling Thunder consists of military veterans and others who ride motorcycles, neither qualification is a prerequisite. These members are old and young, men and women, veterans and non-veterans. Their purpose is to honor POWs and MIAs of all wars by reminding the government, the media and the public of these words: “We Will Not Forget.” They are also dedicated to volunteer and charity work across the country. Learn more here: http://www.rollingthunder1.com/index.html.
Efforts of the public welcome and other events are part of Goal 1 of the 2010 initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota from 2003-2010.