By Tilden Bird
The fourth annual Bakken Days celebration was held on Thursday, June 30, in Mandaree with games and events for all ages.
The all-day event began at the Mandaree School with a parade that ran through Mandaree and ended at the powwow grounds. Onlookers were treated to the sight of five categories of floats, including “Best Rez Car,” “Patriotic,” and “Service Department.” Float riders tossed candy and small patriotic items to the children watching the parade pass by.
Afterward, various events were held, including a walk/run, elders’ bingo, horse races with nine different categories based on age and gender, and a mud run. Events for children included a kangaroo race, cowboy and cowgirl scramble, a spoon and egg race, and many other games. An inflatable bounce houses were also available for the children to play inside. Games for the adults included a war hoop and tongue rattling contest, a tug of war, and watermelon eating contest.
“We do this to promote activities for the kids and we do this so that we’ll have a little get together and have a little Fourth of July fun,” stated Mandaree Segment Councilman Randy Phelan. “In years past, it has gotten as big as rodeos and powwows but this year we’re just going to have a rodeo and activities.”
The Bakken Days evening events included a community dinner, a rodeo, and fireworks.
“We’re trying to promote horsemanship, too, for kids,” said Councilman Phelan. “So we always include the horse category in the parade. It’s a time we can all get together and have fun.”