FORT HALL — The 48th Annual Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival will be held at the Tribal Center in Fort Hall on Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 10th through the 14th, 2011. The event promises a host of activities for all ages, including parades, powwows, and rodeo performances. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the festivities. The theme for this year’s Festival is “Celebrating Together with Pride and Honor.”      

    The event kicks off with Wednesday night’s Professional Bull Riding Rodeo event at 7 p.m. There are rodeo events planned for each day of the festival including miniature bull riding on Thursday, culminating in the rodeo finals at noon on Sunday.

    Two parades will figure prominently in the activities of the festival. The children’s parade will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m., with cash prizes awarded in almost a dozen categories, including the best Traditional/Western Boy and Girl Horse and Rider, and the best floats.

    Tara Fisher, Parade Planning Committee member, talked about the value of the parade for its young participants. “When they enter the parade, we try to keep them aware of the theme of the festival,” she commented. “It’s an important event because it brings them out and gets them more involved in our community.”      

    The second parade is the All-Indian Festival Parade, which will be Saturday, Aug. 13, commencing at 10 a.m., with prizes being awarded to the eldest man and eldest woman, best traditional clothing, and other categories.

    The route for both parades will begin at the Early Childhood Center in Fort Hall, turn onto Simplot Road, traveling west to Hiline Road, and into the festival grounds thought the gate adjacent to the baseball field.

    Thursday’s activities feature not only the Children’s Parade, but also the Grand Entry and Powwow on the festival grounds. The powwow will honor Indian veterans. Fisher hopes that  seeing the veterans honored during the festival will have a positive impact on the children. “When they see the veterans, I hope they will have appreciation for them, and be proud of what they have accomplished.”  

    The Women’s Golf Tournament, softball games, rodeo and more are on the schedule for Friday, as well as the crowning of Miss Sho-Ban at 6 p.m., followed by a Grand Entry and Powwow. Saturday is also packed with a variety of events for the whole family, including the Festival Parade, and more golf, softball, and rodeo. The Annual Feast will be held at 4 p.m., to be followed by Indian relay races. On both Saturday and Sunday there will be an art show at the Tribal Business Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Sunday is the final day of the festival, and begins with the Rodeo Finals at noon, and wraps up with a final Grand Entry and Powwow at 7 p.m.  

    The Shoshone-Bannock Indian Festival is an annual event full of color and spectacle. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes would like to encourage all area residents and visitors to take part in this cultural treat for the eyes, ears, and heart.

if you go

Gate admissions prices for the Festival:

Adults (16 yrs & up)    $5

Senior Citizens (50+)  $4

Children (5-15 yrs)      $3

Infants/toddlers            Free

For more detailed information about the schedule of activities, please got to www.shoshonebannocktribes.com/festival

Wednesday, Aug. 10

7 p.m., PBR Rodeo Wiley Petersen

Thursday, Aug. 11

10 a.m., Children’s Parade

11 a.m., Children’s  Games

Noon, Lunch

4 p.m., Softball Co-Ed

5 p.m., Indian Relay Races

7 p.m., Miniature Bull Riding

7 p.m., Grand Entry & Powwow/ Honoring Veterans

 Friday, Aug. 12

8 a.m., Women’s Golf Tournament

9 a.m., Jr./Sr. Rodeo

10 a.m., Men’s & Women’s Softball

5 p.m., Indian Relay Races

6 p.m., Miss Sho-Ban Crowning

7 p.m., Grand Entry & Powwow

7 p.m., Rodeo First Performance

8 p.m., Co-Ed Softball Championship

Saturday, August 13

8 a.m., Golf Tournament

9 a.m., Rodeo Slack

10 a.m., All-Indian Parade

10-5, Art Show @ Tribal Business Center

1 p.m., Grand Entry & Powwow

3 p.m., Handgame Tournament

4 p.m., Annual Feast

5 p.m., Indian Relay Races

7 p.m., Softball Championships

7 p.m., Grand Entry & Powwow

7 p.m., Rodeo Second Performance

8 p.m., Men & Women Softball Championship

Sunday, Aug. 14

10-5,  Art Show @ Tribal Business Center

Noon, Rodeo Finals

1 p.m., Grand Entry & Powwow

7 p.m., Grand Entry & Powwow