Paragon Bowling to celebrate Fourth of July with Parking Lot Party

Paragon Bowling is still struggling to get back to "normal" while trying to adjust to the new "normal." (Matthew Curry/The Dickinson Press)

The Paragon Bowling alley has announced it will officially be hosting its annual Fourth of July Parking Lot Party on Saturday, July 4 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Due to COVID-19, events such as the Roughrider festivities were canceled and numerous people looked for entertainment on the patriotic holiday. Fortunately, the Paragon Bowl will be hosting a week-long celebration for the Fourth of July, followed by a Parking Lot Party

“We normally do it every summer, and we didn’t think that we’d be able to do this year because of the coronavirus and everything going on,” Amber Wallstrum, the bar manager at Paragon Bowl, said. “And then we found out that we got the go-ahead and then the band called us and said they’d really like to play and they’d give us a discount, so we decided to go for it.”

While the facility is very excited about the event, it was not an easy decision to make, due to wanting to make sure everyone was safe, and felt comfortable about enjoying the night. However, with popular demand, and the OK, the decision to continue to tradition came through.

“We’re pretty excited about it, we know that a lot of people were bummed because of the roughrider events being cancelled, and we were torn between doing it or not,” Wallstrum said. “But we decided, there might be a lot of people in town with nothing to do, it’s a good way to get people together and show we’re ready to be back open, and we’re ready to have some fun this summer.”


The event will feature a $10 per-person cover charge in order to gain access to the event, but will feature a live band, drinks, play areas for kids, and fun for the whole family to enjoy the summer night.

“We have a VIP area where people can sit next to the band, we got areas for kids and families and other areas closed off for the bar so people can drink, come out and have a good time,” Wallstrum said. “Just pay the $10 at the front gate and you’re good to go!”

Wallstrum stated Paragon Bowling will feature events throughout the festive week to get people excited for the holiday and the night that will follow.

“We’re going to have a DJ, Friday night, we’ll have special foods like hot dogs, corn hole tournaments, pool tournaments, just kind of making a whole week of fun events for people to do down here during that week before the Fourth,” Wallstrum said.

She continued, “Starting on Wednesday, we’re going to have wing night and pitcher night here inside the bar, Thursday night we’re going to have a dart tournament inside the bar, and we’ll also have cosmic bowling and Saturday we’re doing brats in the morning outside and then the concert that night, followed by a cornhole tournament outside the bar on Sunday.”

For more information contact Paragon Bowling at 701-225-2345.

Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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