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The Black Hills are alive with the sounds and sights of Americana throughout much of the year. This includes the popular Fourth of July Old Time Country Fair, which is held in the town center and sponsored by the 1881 Courthouse Museum. This celebration includes arts and crafts, entertainment and a lot of old fashioned fun and games. And the evening concludes with the Custer Fireworks at dusk on Pageant Hill.
More of the culture of the Black Hills can be experienced in the various festivals and events including the July Gold Discovery Days that include a car show, hot air balloon rally and an arts festival. As summer turns to fall there is also the Buffalo Roundup Arts Festival in Custer State Park, and the Frontier Ball that is a dance in period costumes from the 1870s. Each October is also a celebration of the local people’s during the Native American Day, which includes activities at the Crazy Horse Memorial.
From the local culture to the car culture, Custer City is home to two big automotive events including the annual June Black Hills Overdrive All Car Rally, that includes 35 car events for antique and classic autos; and the Custer Cruisin’ motorcycle rally in August.
Halloween is another time when you can dress up in period costumes or go with some scary. The 1881 Courthouse Museum features a Museum Haunting dance on the weekend before Halloween, while the Halloween Night Hike is a two-mile guided hike in the Custer State Park.And as the seasons change, it is time to ring in the holidays with the December Star of the Hills Light Parade, that includes floats down the main street, and late night holiday shipping.