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Roughrider Days Celebrates It's 38th Year

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People come from all around to go to Roughrider Days and this year should be no different.  It's the big event in Dickinson every year.

"Roughrider Days means a lot of things for the community. It brings in a tremendous amount of people from out of town. A lot of school reunions revolve around this event, because it's a meeting place. And there's events for everyone, and it's an effective builder for the community," director Duane Wolf.

Roughrider Days always kicks off with a carnival. A lot of work goes into making it successful.

"We have about 75 employees helping set up here now, 18 semis and another 18 trucks. We usually tear down on Sunday night, travel on Monday, and guys are here on Tuesday setting up for Wednesday," says carnival office manager Arlene Laur.

This particular carnival travels from city to city all summer, but Dickinson is a favorite stop.

"The community is great and supportive and everyone seems to enjoy it," says Lauer.

The carnival not only sets the tone for Roughrider Days but it helps fund it.

"This allows some fundraising money to put on bigger events and more events that will offset the cost for our firework shows for some of the musical entertainment we bring in and it helps with the arena event," says Wolf.

Even though it only lasts for a portion of the summer, preparing for Roughrider Days takes all year long.

The event is in it's 38th year, and it's still going strong.

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