Mission statement

"To preserve the heritage of the area by demonstrating the farming methods and the lifestyles of the past."


The Fort Ransom Sodbuster’s Association is a 501 C3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the lifestyle of our settlers for future generations. The first Sodbuster Days event was held in August 1984, which was the 100th anniversary of the settling of the Sunne Farm by Andrew and Johanna Sunne. This farm, within Fort Ransom State Park, is where 20 teams of horses and over 150 volunteers demonstrate to the public how farming was done around the turn of the century. Sodbuster Days are always held the second full weekend in July and the weekend after Labor Day.


Sodbuster Days is a semi-annual event held at Fort Ransom State Park. During Sodbusters Days, early pioneer village activities are conducted as they were originally performed from the early 20th century to the 1950's. Activities include:

  • antique vehicles and equipment display
  • gas engine demonstrations
  • threshing machine bundle feeder
  • pedal-powered woodworking
  • horse-drawn potato picker
  • pie auction
  • homemade ice cream
  • music
  • Custer's Cavalry Company E encampment
  • and much more


Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. A clean-up day is also held the Tuesday before Sodbuster Days to prepare buildings for the event.


Fort Ransom Sodbuster's Association, Inc. 
c/o Mary Johnson, Secretary 
P.O. Box 56 
Fort Ransom, ND 58033 
(701) 973-4571