A small town near the border of North and South Dakota is commemorating a grizzly tale this summer, and organizers hope a forthcoming film starring Leonardo DiCaprio will help keep the tradition alive and bring visitors to the region.
Organizers in the town of Lemmon, South Dakota, will launch the first annual Hugh Glass Rendezvous in August in advance of “The Revenant,” which will be released in December.
Glass is a legend in the region for having been mauled by a grizzly in August of 1823 near what is now the Shadehill Reservoir. The frontiersman was left for dead by his fellow travelers, but survived and sought revenge.
Lemmon locals are hoping that the release of the film will generate interest in Glass’ story and drive tourists to the area, and festival, reported the Bismarck Tribune.
“We’re sitting on a little gold nugget,” said LaQuita Shockley, a local newspaper publisher and co-organizer of the first Hugh Glass Rendezvous. “Once the movie is released, there’ll be global attention, and people are going to want to walk upon the very spot.”