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N.D. Winter Show begins next week

The North Dakota Winter Show kicks off next week in the North Dakota Winter Show building on Winter Show Road in Valley City.

Commercial exhibit coordinator Katie Oakes said among the new events debuting at this year’s show, an entire day will be dedicated to man’s best friend.

“We have a dog day, a day completely devoted to dogs,” Oakes said. “We’ll have a stunt team called the Canine Stars. They’re a dog stunt team with three trainers and nine dogs and they’ll be coming to perform Wednesday, March 5.”

Oakes said two local animal rescue groups, Jamestown’s Prairie Paws and the Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals in Valley City, will have adoptable dogs on hand for a meet and greet from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the main arena.

“If people are interested in having another member of the household, they can come and meet the different dogs and see if one of their personalities matches theirs,” Oakes said.

The Winter Show’s traditional warm-up activities begin on Monday with the crop show judging, chili cook-off and community Olympics.

The Winter Show officially opens on Tuesday with commercial exhibits, seminars and the tractor pull at 2 p.m. and pickup pull at 6 p.m. Tickets for the pulls are $10 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

Florida’s Canine Stars will perform three shows on Wednesday at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. with tickets costing $7 for adults and $3 for children.

Thursday will see the pony and horse pull at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, with tickets at $10 for adults and $5 for children. Twenty-five people will also compete in a karaoke contest with cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250, and the horseman ship competition will take place at 4 p.m.

The Friday night concert features headliner Joe Diffie with opening acts 32 Below and Parmalee. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 on the day of the all-ages show. Tickets are available at 250 W Main St., Valley City.

Saturday is the day of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s rodeo with tickets at $20 for adults and $10 for children. The 2014 Miss Rodeo N.D. Winter Show will be named at 6:30 p.m. in the main arena prior to the evening’s rodeo events.

Also on Saturday, the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame will induct Al Gustin and Alfred Black at 1:45 p.m. in the main arena. Gustin was an award-winning agriculture broadcaster and Black was a soil scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Winter Show closes at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Valley City City Administrator David Schelkopf said after 77 years, the Winter Show has been planned and executed without a hitch. The Winter Show Committee, along with the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce collaborates every year as he described, “like clockwork.”

“It’s almost symbiotic, it just happens without people talking to each other sometimes,” he said. “It’s just a part of what we do — March, it’s Winter Show. The city works with them closely on many things just to get this thing ready to go, but’s it’s just been around for such a long time we kind of get ready for it without anybody really saying much to each other.”

Sun reporter David Luessen can be reached at 701-952-8455 or by email at