At the intersection of Ash Street and Rail Way Avenue in Agar stands one of the town’s oldest buildings, constructed by entrepreneur Carl Falkenhagen when  Agar was founded in 1910. The building is now owned by Jay Mikkelsen and is home to Lew Robbennolt’s office. The building is one of the stops on the Agar History Tour this Sunday.

A tour exploring the promotors, entrepreneurs, and people of Agar – along with some of their encounters with the law – will be conducted this Sunday, June 13. Those who plan to participate are encouraged to purchase their $25 tickets by Friday to aid in meal planning. Tickets can be purchased at the Sully County Courthouse or from Lew Robbennolt, 605-765-4195. The tour, a booklet of historical facts, and a meal at Millie’s Diner are included in the price of admission.

Agar historian Lew Robbennolt says that Agar’s ‘Five Ws’ – the Who, What, Where, When and Why of Agar’s beginnings – will be explored during the tour. Robbennolt relates that the arrival of the railroad and the opening of western South Dakota land to homesteading combined to facilitate the founding of the town.

Pre-tour activities kick off at 1:00 p.m. with a bloody Mary bar, silent auction and bean bag tournament at the Bunkhouse – so named because it at one time served as the actual bunkhouse for Stan Assmussen’s hired hands. Teams interested in participating in the bean bag tourney must be registered by 1:30 p.m.

The historical tour around the town of Agar will begin at the Bunkhouse at 4:00 p.m. and last approximately one hour. The tour can be walked, or there will be a trolley available to provide transportation for those who wish to ride the tour route.

The winner of the 22-250 Savage Axis Rifle with Scope raffle will also be drawn during the history tour event. Raffle tickets are available in advance and will be available during the event prior to the drawing - need not be present to win.

Contact Beth Rinehart 605-222-2966, Nola LaRosh 605-222-1383, Susan Lamb 605-765-4516 Kelli Stephens 218-969-0920, or Lew Robbennolt 605-765-4195 for more information.