Pride of Dakota Day slated at the State Fair

BISMARCK – More than 50 vendors will be displaying, sampling and selling North Dakota products at the 24th annual Pride of Dakota Day, Monday, July 23, at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot.

“It's a great time and place for fairgoers to meet, shop, and share lunch,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “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.”

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

"We'll serve the Pride of Dakota lunch 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 annual Pride of Dakota Kuchen Contest at 3 p.m., just outside the Pride of Dakota tent.

“If North Dakota had an official state dessert, it would probably be kuchen,” he said. “It's your opportunity to taste and vote for the best the state has to offer.”

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.