Fairgoers chose their favorite kuchen and snack sticks in taste testings at the 26th annual Pride of Dakota-KMOT Day at the 2014 North Dakota State Fair in Minot.
“We had our annual crowd-favorite kuchen contest and added a snack stick tasting this year,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “It was a perfect blend of savory and sweet.”
Lois Meidinger of Grandma’s Kuchen regained her title after a year’s absence from the kuchen contest. Other contestants included Karen’s Kuchen, Cavalier; Wagner’s Wagon, Mercer, and Woodward Farm, Cathay.
Longtime Grand Forks meat processor L&M Meats won honors in the new snack stick contest. Other participating companies were Edgeley Meat Processing Plant, Edgeley; Maple Valley Meats, Enderlin; Reister Meats & Catering, Streeter, and Uncle Larry’s Beef Shtix, Fargo.
The annual event attracted a large crowd to the tent, where 24 Pride of Dakota companies were selling and sampling their products. More than 1,000 people took part in the Pride of Dakota lunch for a dollar.
The lunch was sponsored by Cloverdale Foods, Land O’ Lakes/Dean Foods, the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association and Pan-O-Gold Baking Co. with proceeds going to the North Dakota FFA. Farm Credit Services of Minot supplied the grill and staff.
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. Administered by the Marketing and Information Division of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, 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.