The Flying T Chuckwagon Supper & Show

This summer, treat yourself to some good, old-fashioned, western entertainment at the Flying T Chuckwagon Supper & Show. For more than thirty years, the Flying T Chuckwagon has served some of the best cowboy grub in an Old West atmosphere. Right in the heart of the Black Hills, at the site of the famous Western Cattle Trail, this entertaining show also serves great entertainment from Memorial Day weekend through the middle of September. Come out to Rapid City, South Dakota this summer and enjoy some old time music, country swing and delicious food.

For years, the Flying T Wranglers have been entertaining crowds of all ages. More than 115 years of combined experience brings excellent music, hilarious comedy and a sincere love of the old west in one spectacular show. Enjoy incredible songs, including “Ghost Riders in the Sky,” “Texas Plains,” “Old Flying T,” “When the Cactus are in Bloom” and more from these five talented performers.

Before the show starts, enjoy a tasty meal of Wild Idea Buffalo Stew, old-fashioned chicken and dumplings, vegetable stew, rustic golden cornbread, blackberry pudding and more. If you’re bringing the little ones along with you for this family-friendly show, hot dogs are available as well.

The chuckwagon has come a long way from the traditional mobile mess hall, social center and supply chest it started as. It originally accompanied cowboys on cattle drives that led them hundreds of miles from home. The Great Plains, in the seventeen and eighteen hundreds, allowed for the multiplication of large meat-producing animals, including bison and cattle. In the 1800s, the Western Cattle Trail came to be the main road for driving Texas cattle.

The cowboys who drove those cattle across the trail towards the north were faced with several problems, including staying awake when they were in the saddle for long periods of time and keeping the cattle from stampeding. The answer to these and other problems often came to be through song. The cowboys would sing to their cattle to keep them calm. They would also sing to one another in order to determine their positions among the herd, as well as to keep awake during the long trips.

Since then, the Flying T Chuckwagon Supper & Show has sprung to life, right on the site of the Western Cattle Trail. The show pays tribute to the cowboys by singing variations of popular songs and offering some delicious cowboy-themed grub.

Stay nearby the Flying T for added convenience. Several hotels are located less than six miles away, including the Best Western Town ‘N Country, the Super 8 – Rapid City, SD and the Comfort Inn & Suites Rapid City, SD. The Journey Museum, Mount Rushmore Grand Legends Tour, Big Thunder Gold Mine and more are all also within ten miles of the theater for added entertainment during your visit.

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