Pride of Dakota Day slated July 21, at the State Fair

BISMARCK – North Dakota companies from around the state will be displaying, sampling and selling their products at the 26th annual Pride of Dakota Day, Monday, July 21, at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot.

“You'll find a wide range of quality Pride of Dakota products, such as food and condiments, notecards, recordings, books, apparel, jewelry and much more,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “It's a great time and place for fairgoers to meet, shop, and share lunch.”

The annual event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., under the large tent near the southwest corner of the fairgrounds.

"The Pride of Dakota lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” Goehring said. “For just one dollar, you'll get a grilled hot dog, potato chips and milk.”

The lunch is sponsored by Cloverdale Foods, Land O' Lakes, the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association and Pan-O-Gold Baking Co. The proceeds go to North Dakota FFA.

Goehring also encouraged fairgoers to take part in the Pride of Dakota Kuchen Contest and the new Snack Stick Contest at 3 p.m., just outside the Pride of Dakota tent.

“Several North Dakota meat processing companies that make meat snack sticks asked for a contest similar to the well-established kuchen contest,” Goehring said. “It's another fun opportunity to taste and vote for the best the state has to offer.”

Goehring said that fairgoers who bring a non-perishable food donation to benefit the Great Plains Food Bank will get a dollar off their gate admission on Pride of Dakota Day.

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