BISMARCK, N.D. - From September through December, six Pride of Dakota Harvest and Holiday Showcases brought in nearly 53,000 shoppers to support hundreds of North Dakota businesses.
The Dickinson showcase, Sept. 6-7, attracted 3,119 people, an increase of 29 percent over the previous year. The Jamestown showcase, Nov. 15-16, drew 2,450 people, an increase of 28 percent over 2018. Attendance at the Grand Forks showcase, held Nov. 1-3, was 10,427, an increase of 30 percent over the previous year. The Fargo showcase, Nov. 22-24, attracted 13,922 people, an increase of 30 percent over 2018.
Bismarck was the largest event with 14,850 coming to the three-day event at the Bismarck Event Center.
Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring celebrated the support the program gets from local communities.
“North Dakotans are very supportive of products made, manufactured, processed or produced in the state,” Goehring said. “I encourage people to continue to support our state’s local businesses, not only during showcase season, but year-round.”
The Pride of Dakota program is run by the ND Department of Agriculture featuring local North Dakota products. There are more than 500 member companies.
For more information about the program, go to www.prideofdakota.com