Holiday Showcase returns to Bismarck
December 1, 2014
The largest-ever Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase returns to the Bismarck Event Center, Friday through Sunday, Dec. 5-7.
"With 205 Pride of Dakota companies in 282 vendor booths, this is a great opportunity to do your holiday shopping," said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. "Shoppers will find a tremendous variety of foods and condiments, decorative and gift items, sporting goods, jewelry, recordings 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."
Shoppers who bring their own reusable bag get $1 off their admission.
Goehring said paid admission also includes a Pride of Dakota Passport.
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"Take your Passport to each of the three stamping stations in the Event Center Exhibit Hall," he said. "A volunteer at each station will stamp your passport which you can enter in a drawing for $250 in Pride of Dakota bucks. This prize money can be spent at the Showcase, online or directly through a Pride of Dakota member company."
The drawing will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday. Participants need not be present to win. A second drawing will be held at 3:45 p.m. for a Pride of Dakota gift basket valued at $100.
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.
Parking is free. Goehring reminded shoppers that they should use the parking lots south of the Civic Center and to enter the facility through the southwest ticket entrance.
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 Holiday and Harvest 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.
–N.D. Department of Agriculture