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Pride of Dakota: Showcasing today's agriculture

This weekend, area residents are going to see what North Dakota is made of, or rather, what North Dakotans make.

Dickinson is the host for the third annual North Dakota Department of Agriculture's Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase. The event is a place where individuals and companies from across the state come to show off their goods.

Department of Agriculture Marketing Specialist Sara Kelsch said there will be food, home décor, art, jewelry, apparel and more available at the event.

"It's a great place to find really quality products all in one spot," she said.

All items are produced in North Dakota. There are 107 booths reserved for vendors at the Dickinson Recreation Center.

This year, Pride of Dakota has teamed up with Hunger Free ND Garden Project to benefit Elder Care of Dickinson. Anyone who brings a donation of fresh fruits or vegetables will receive a free, reusable shopping bag.

Elder Care of Dickinson serves about 50 to 70 meals daily to people who are unable to routinely get out of their homes.

Todd Krehlik, operator of Green River Wood Products in Dickinson, said that the event helps raise awareness of what business is like across the state.

"Residents in our area of the state get to see what is manufactured, built and made in North Dakota," he said. "Many people don't realize how much is made and distributed."

Dickinson resident Suzi Amundson said this is the first time her company, Off the Wall Photography, has been an exhibitor, but she has been to the showcase for years.

"It has been fun networking," she said. "I really enjoy meeting the people, talking with people who stop by and meeting the other Pride of Dakota companies."

The Pride of Dakota group has been around for 26 years and has offered various seminars and marketing for their member businesses.

Star Burst Designs operator Coleen Hanes, who makes pewter jewelry and figurines, said the event is a good way to market products and meet others.

"We have made a lot of friends over the years," she said. "You would be surprised how many families are working in their basement and fixing their products."

The Showcase is schedule for Sept. 17 and 18. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $1 and children under 12 admitted free.