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Last Minute Vacation Planning

As the summer is winding down and students are gearing up to go back to school, you may find yourself wanting to go on one last vacation before summer is over. Since North Dakota has a lot to offer, you are in luck because there are still a ton of fun things going on! Check out upcoming events in North Dakota:

Grand Forks is having their annual Rollin’ on the River event August 24-25! The weekend kicks off on Friday with a Keep the Ball Rollin’ Golf Tournament at King’s Walk Golf Course and Rockin’ Rollin’ Rally & Feast in Lincoln Drive Park at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the Rollin’ on the River inline skating marathon takes place on the city streets of Grand Forks, with the Alerus Center as the starting point at 7:30 a.m. You can also enjoy an evening of great blues music in the heart of beautiful downtown Grand Forks at the Blues on the Red Music Fest event. Top musicians from around the country will provide the free entertainment, while vendors sell such delicious cuisine.

Check out central North Dakota and see all the fun things going on. In Minot, the North Dakota State Fairgrounds play host to Motor Magic, Labor Day weekend in Minot. The largest motorsports event in the Upper Midwest, Motor Magic provides entertainment for auto enthusiasts of all ages. Nodak Speedway races and drag racing on the Magic City International Dragway kick off the motor mayhem. Motor Magic continues with more to see and do Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

If you want to head to the Bismarck-Mandan area, Mandan is hosting its annual Wild West Grillfest! Celebrate Mandan’s farming and ranching heritage with a grilling competition, beer gardens, a variety of live entertainment all day, inflatable games, hayrides, art and craft vendor booths, Pride of Dakota tent and dance Friday night on August 17-18. There will be live music by The Roosters on Friday and Dirty Word on Saturday.

Or you can head west to Medora to see all the funs things they have to offer. The Medora Musical is a great show that goes through September 8. Stop in for a great meal at the Pitchfork Steak Fondue or maybe play a round of golf on the world renowned Bully Pulpit.  Maybe you just want to do a little hiking; well Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a great place to explore with the whole family or as private getaway!

For more events and attractions, go to the North Dakota Tourism website. Who knows what kind of adventure is out there for you!

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Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Entertainment, Events, Family Fun

 

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Holiday Victorian charm and entertainment in Garrison

Make plans to step back in time to town set in the era of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”  Each holiday season, the North Dakota town of Garrison (pop 1,500) transforms itself with Victorian-period dress, transportation, food and more.  The Dickens Festival takes place November 25-27, December 2-3 and 9-10 and features daily entertainment, tons of special events, tours, carriage rides, contests, shopping and yummy treats!

New events this year include:

  • A Christmas Quilt Show
  • Fruitcake Toss
  • Trains, Tractors, Toys and Cars Show
  • Cash Cab – take the free taxi, answer the questions and you could win Garrison bucks
  • Dress Dickens Contest – dress the part and you could win $100

Daily, guests enjoy musical entertainment, an English market, carriage rides, historic tours at Holmes’ Home, the Don’t Be a Scrooge Contest, double-decker bus rides, visits of nearby historic Fort Stevenson, English High Tea, walking tours, lighted parade and holiday sing-along.  And yes, “A Christmas Carol” is performed nightly.

And you may need good food to keep your energy up so here’s a peek at just a few menu items: turkey drumsticks, sausage-on-a-stick, meatballs and pickled walleye, fleischkeuchle, knoephla soup and cheesecake.

For more information, visit the Dickens Festival website and click on the 2011 Dickens Gazette link for a complete schedule, maps and coupons!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2011 in Attractions, Events, Family Fun

 

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Huge Icelandic festival this weekend and lots to do in NE North Dakota

This weekend is the 112th annual Deuce of August Icelandic celebration in Mountain, North Dakota.  If you aren’t familiar with Mountain, it’s a town of 130 people that more than quadruples in size with this celebration of Icelandic heritage and culture.  Always held the weekend before the first Monday in August, it coordinates with the Islendingadagurinn – the Manitoba Icelandic celebration in the town of Gimli.

The town of Mountain is one of the oldest Icelandic settlements in the U.S.  The Vikur Lutheran Church, established in 1880, is known as the oldest Icelandic church in all of North America.

Events start tomorrow and take place throughout the weekend.  More than 300 visitors from Iceland will be attending this year including a choir group which will be performing.

Free genealogy research is another perk offered to guests – including more than just family trees for participants; sagas and stories of ancestors are shared.

While you’re in the area, also consider visiting Icelandic State Park and other nearby attractions include the Pembina State Museum, the Gingras Trading Post State Historic Site, and the Rendezvous Region Scenic Backway through the Pembina Gorge.

The Frostfire Summer Theatre performance of Big River is also taking place this weekend and is a short drive from Mountain.  Watch the story of Huck Finn come to life on a beautiful outdoor stage.

 
 

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