BISMARCK – More than 140 companies selling Pride of Dakota merchandise will fill the Fargo Scheels Arena during Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 17-18.
“Holiday shoppers can choose from an outstanding selection of North Dakota-made gourmet food, wine and spirits, books, jewelry, apparel, personal care, pottery, quilting, photography and framed art, children's items and more,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said.
The showcase is open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission and shopping bags are free and sponsored by the Bank of North Dakota College SAVE Plan. Parking is also free for Pride of Dakota shoppers.
The event also includes a real bearded Santa who will be available for visiting and photo opportunities. Santa’s hours are 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. He will take periodic breaks to feed the reindeer.
Retail stores are invited to attend as well. “This is a great opportunity to purchase a few items to try in your store before establishing a wholesale order. Plus, retailers can support a fellow North Dakota small business in the process. It’s a chance to begin a working relationship that could be beneficial for many companies and local retail stores,” said Goehring.
A complete list of participating companies scheduled to be at the Fargo Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase is available at https://www.prideofdakota.nd.gov/events/fargo/ by clicking “View the Fargo map.”
A Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase is also scheduled for Dec. 1-2, in the Bismarck Event Center.
Administered by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, the Pride of Dakota program provides member companies with cooperative marketing and promotional events, such as in-store demonstrations, Pride of Dakota Day and the Harvest and Holiday Showcases. 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.