Fairgoers chose their favorite snack sticks and treats made with North Dakota honey in taste-test contests at the 27th annual Pride of Dakota-KMOT Day at the 2015 North Dakota State Fair in Minot.
“We had our 2nd annual snack stick contest and added a North Dakota foods contest this year which featured recipes made with honey,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “It was a great way to celebrate North Dakota’s status as the number one honey-producing state in the nation.”
Maple Valley Meats of Enderlin won honors in the 2nd annual snack stick contest. Other participating companies were Reister Meats & Catering, Streeter, and Uncle Larry’s Beef Shtix, Fargo.
Honey Lovers, Inc. of Shields took home the honors in the North Dakota foods contest with their ice cream toppings made from North Dakota honey. Other contestants included American Honey, Hettinger; A Touch of Honey, Linton, and RBJ’s of Crookston, whose products are manufactured in Hillsboro.
The annual event attracted a large crowd to the tent, where more than 20 Pride of Dakota companies were selling and sampling their products. Nearly 850 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 Company with proceeds going to the North Dakota FFA. Farm Credit Services of Minot supplied the grill and staff from KMOT-TV handled the grilling.
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.