When I’m in a tourist area, I tend to stay away from souvenir shops, buffets and most things that cater strictly to tourists. But once in a while a little lighthearted entertainment geared to tourists is a fun way to spend an evening. That was the case with the Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper & Cowboy Music Show near Rapid City in South Dakota’s Black Hills.
I should have gone to see the craftsmen first. Instead, I landed in jail for a photo op and visited the Dances with Wolves set. The building from the movie set was moved here from its original site about 16 miles away. This was the headquarters building where Lt. Dunbar, played by Kevin Costner, received his orders to move on to Fort Sedgewick.
At 6:30 p.m. the dinner bell rang. After being shown to our seats at long picnic-style tables, we formed a single-file line to the kitchen area for our food. The meal was a choice of baked chicken or roast beef in barbecue sauce, a baked potato, baked beans, applesauce, biscuit, spice cake and choice of lemonade or coffee.
The Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper & Cowboy Music Show has been around for 22 years entertaining about 45,000 tourists each year. It’s a fun way to relax after an active day in the Black Hills. The theater is located at 2255 Fort Hayes Drive, five miles south of Rapid City on Highway 16 west. Check the web site for further details or to make reservations.
Disclosure: My visit to Rapid City was hosted by the South Dakota Department of Tourism, and my ticket to the Fort Hays Chuckwagon Supper & Cowboy Music Show was complimentary. However, all opinions in this article are my own.
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