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Ethan Lowe, 3, front, and his sister, Madisyn, 7, enjoy hot dogs as they prepared to watch a rodeo at the opening night of the 139th Mandan Rodeo on Monday. The kids and their parents, Michael and Barbara Lowe, of Bismarck, were among several thousand attending the annual family night at the rodeo with a free rodeo feed. "This is their first Mandan Rodeo and they've been asking all week, are we going to the rodeo or what," said Barbara Lowe. The rodeo continues today at Mandan's Centennial Park.

With competitions featuring the top names in rodeo and Bismarck's Miss America Cara Mund, Fourth of July events in Mandan are jam-packed with patriotic celebrations.

Fourth of July

• Fort Lincoln Trolley & Custer Home Tours continue. 

6 a.m.: Mandan Rodeo Days Annual Road Race and Walk, 5K run and 5K walk will be held on Main Street. For more information, send email to

7 to 11 a.m.: KC Councils Pancake Breakfast, with pancakes, sausage, coffee and milk, will be held at Heritage Park, under the big top tent east of the Depot.

8 a.m.: Mandan Street Festival will feature various groups, from bands to magic and cowboy action performers to DJs, up and down Mandan’s Main Street entertaining parade viewers before the parade hits Main Street.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Art in the Park is held at Dykshoorn Park and Heritage Park featuring more than 130 art and craft vendors from a 10-state area. Clothing, jewelry, fine art, pottery, woods and floral will be offered as well as 27 food vendors. Continuous entertainment features Sleepy Hollow Theatre, Brian Grey, Shawn Oban with Jalen Oban and Over Educated and Friends Band. 

9 a.m.: Bismarck-Mandan Diva Dash Stiletto Run for charity begins at Burger King on East Main Street.

10 a.m.: Classic Car Parade offers a view of classic vintage cars along the July 4th parade route.

10:15 a.m.: Mandan July 4th Independence Day Parade on Main Street carries a theme of "American Dreams.” More than 140 units, horses, wagons, marching bands, floats, antique cars and tractors will be featured.

Noon: Mandan Eagles Parade Feed includes tacos in a bag, hot dogs, chicken drummies and music by Randy Karr. Open to the public.

Noon: Mandan Rodeo Days Golf Tournament takes place at Prairie West Golf Course. For more information, call 751-6171.

1 p.m.: Mandan Moose Club Parade Feed offers free sloppy joes, while quantities last), at 111 11th Ave. N.E. Open to the public.

1:30 p.m.: American Legion Baseball offers a rivalry as the Mandan As vs the Bismarck 15s at the legion ball diamonds.

3 p.m.: Cowboy Action Performers portray authentic characters that bring alive the spirit of the Wild West. Showtime is 3 p.m. at Main Street Heritage Park, located east of Five Nations Art Depot.

4:30 p.m.: American Legion Baseball features Mandan Chiefs vs Bismarck Govs at the Legion ball diamonds.

5 p.m.: Mandan Rodeo Trade & Craft Show offers western jewelry, clothing, furniture and tack.

7:30 p.m.: Mandan’s 139th PRCA Rodeo presents fast-paced PRCA and WPRA action with livestock from Dakota Rodeo Company. 

8 p.m.: Official Mandan Rodeo Days Dance will be held at Lonesome Dove, On the Strip, with music by Savannah Rose. 

11 p.m.: Fireworks display, accompanied by patriotic, country and rock and roll music, follows the rodeo at Dacotah Centennial Park.

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