The annual Pride of Dakota Day at the State Capitol, Monday, March 23, will transform the statehouse into a North Dakota products shopping mall.
“Nearly 30 Pride of Dakota companies will be selling and sampling gourmet foods, art, books, jewelry, clothing, home decor and much more,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “It’s an opportunity for Capitol visitors and state employees alike to shop for high quality Pride of Dakota products and to meet the people who make them.”
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Capitol’s Memorial Hall and Legislative Hall on the first floor. Dakota West Arts Council is planning a special surprise for shoppers at noon.
Goehring also encouraged Capitol visitors and employees to take in the special Pride of Dakota lunch being served by the Capitol Café, featuring North Dakota products made by North Dakota companies. Companies providing the food include Baker Boy Bake Shop, Cloverdale Foods, Dakota Growers Pasta Co., Pan-O-Gold Baking and Pizza Corner.
Administered by NDDA Marketing and Information Division, the Pride of Dakota program is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. It 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.