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Wagon train to start its trek to Pierre for 125th

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YANKTON (AP) — A wagon train leaves Yankton for Pierre this week as part of the state's 125th anniversary of statehood.

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Before the procession leaves on Thursday, a public gathering will be held at the Yankton rodeo grounds in the afternoon and evening on Wednesday.

The program will include remarks from Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a speech by wagonmaster Gerald Kessler, a re-enactment of the first governor by actor John Timm, songs by the Beadle School first-graders. Also performing will be local country singers Rachel Wood and Ashley Schweitzer, singer Mike McDonald and re-enactors from the Missouri National Recreation River.

All events are free, but there is a charge for dinner.

The wagon train will follow an old trail and arrive in Pierre on Sept. 20.

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