The largest of the 2017 Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcases is coming to the Bismarck Event Center, Friday through Sunday, Dec. 1-3.
“With more than 200 Pride of Dakota companies, this is a great opportunity to do your holiday shopping,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “Shoppers will find a tremendous variety of foods, decorative and gift items, sporting goods, jewelry, recordings, books, apparel, pet items and much more.”
Showcase hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $2 per adult.
“Shoppers will get a free reusable, cloth bag with their paid admission,” Goehring said. “These bags can be used for other holiday shopping, trips to the grocery store and more.”
The bags are sponsored by the Bank of North Dakota, Great River Energy, Common Ground and the North Dakota Corn Growers Association.
Shoppers who bring their own reusable bag get $1 off their admission.
Goehring said as a measure of appreciation for service men and women, all active and retired members of the Armed Forces and their families save $1 on admission with military identification.
Additionally, retailers can receive $1 off their admission by presenting their sales tax license at the door. “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,” said Goehring. “It’s a chance to begin a working relationship that could be beneficial for many companies and local retail stores.”
Parking is free in lots C and D and Showcase admission tables will be located in the Exhibit Hall lobby. Shoppers should enter the facility through door E42 located on the west side of the Exhibit Hall (facing 5th Street).
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 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.