The State Fair Center will be filled with vendor booths and shoppers when the Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase returns to Minot, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12.
“This is the time and place for your holiday shopping,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “More than 100 booths will be filled with a tremendous variety of North Dakota-made foods and condiments, decorative and gift items, jewelry, recordings and much more.
The showcase is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $2 per adult. Parking is free for Pride of Dakota shoppers.
“Once again, shoppers will get a reusable, cloth bag with their paid admission,” Goehring said. “Shoppers who bring their own reusable, cloth bag get $1 off their admission.”
The bag giveaway is sponsored by the Bank of North Dakota, Great River Energy, Common Ground and the North Dakota Corn Growers Association.
Goehring said as a measure of appreciation for veterans, all active and retired members of the armed forces and their families get $1 off 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. It’s a chance to begin a working relationship that could be beneficial for many companies and local retail stores,” said Goehring.
“Pride of Dakota gives North Dakota companies a venue to showcase their products across the state, while at the same time giving shoppers an opportunity to buy local for the holiday season,” he said. “It’s a proven formula for success for our Pride of Dakota small businesses and our state’s economy.”
Other Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcases are scheduled for Nov. 17-19 in the Scheels Arena, Fargo; and Dec. 1-3, in the Bismarck Event Center.