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Showcases set attendance record

BISMARCK (AP) -- The four Pride of Dakota holiday showcases in North Dakota this year set a record for attendance.

State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said 28,661 people took part in the events in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck and Minot over the past month. That was an increase of more than 3,000 people from the previous record set last year.

Goehring said each of the four showcases also set individual attendance records.

Pride of Dakota is a state program that helps North Dakota companies promote and market their products. More than 460 companies are members. The holiday showcases give shoppers a chance to browse their products, in one location.