Holiday Showcase returns to State Fairgrounds

BISMARCK – The Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase returns to the All Seasons Arena on the State Fairgrounds in Minot, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11.

“This is a great opportunity to do your holiday shopping,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “We will have almost 150 booths – the most ever for Minot – filled with a tremendous variety of North Dakota-made foods and condiments, decorative and gift items, jewelry, recordings and much more.”

Showcase hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $2 per adult. Parking is free for Pride of Dakota shoppers.

“Once again, shoppers will get a free reusable bag with their paid admission,” Goehring said. “Shoppers who bring their own reusable bag pay only $1 admission.” 

Saturday is Military Appreciation Day: active members of the armed forces and their families get half-price admission with military identification.

Goehring said a near-15 percent growth in the number of vendor booths at the Minot  Showcase demonstrates the growing popularity of the Pride of Dakota program with both member companies as well as with consumers.

“The Minot Showcase features 148 vendors booths, compared to 130 just two years ago,” Goehring said. “Pride of Dakota gives North Dakota companies a venue to showcase their products across the state, while at the same time giving shoppers an opportunity to buy local for the holiday season. It's a proven formula for success for our Pride of Dakota small businesses and our state's economy.”

Holiday Showcases are also scheduled for Nov. 16-18, in the Fargo Civic Auditorium, and Nov. 30-Dec. 2, in the Bismarck Civic Center Exhibition Hall.

Administered by the Marketing and Information Division of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, the Pride of Dakota program provides more than 500 member companies with cooperative marketing and promotional events, such as in-store demonstrations, Pride of Dakota Day and the Holiday Showcases and Harvest Showcase. The program also provides educational opportunities and representation at regional, national and international marketing expositions.