Pride of Dakota holiday showcases set records

BISMARCK – More shoppers than ever participated in the four 2010 Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcases in November and December, the state Ag Department said today.

A new record of 28,661 people took part in this year’s events, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said in a news release. The new total passed the previous mark by 3,028. In addition to the overall record total, each showcase set a new attendance record.

Attendance at the Grand Forks showcase was 5,630, up 315 from the previous record. The Minot showcase was up 569 customers for a total of 6,115. In Fargo, 7,542 people passed the previous record by 1,194.

The Bismarck showcase was up by 951 shoppers, Goehring said. The new total of 9,374 is the most for any holiday showcase, he said.

Goehring said about 10,000 people brought reusable shopping bags and received $1 off the cost of admission.

More than 460 North Dakota companies are Pride of Dakota members.