Enjoy fall festivities in North Dakota

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For more information, contact: 
Sara Otte Coleman, Director, Tourism Division
North Dakota Department of Commerce
701-328-2525

Enjoy fall festivities in North Dakota Late September is festival time in North Dakota. Visitors will find festivals celebrating pumpkins, apples, arts and crafts and the old-fashioned steam thresher harvest. Get lost in a corn maze or at the amazing Norsk Hostfest. To find more information about these annual events, or for a complete list of activities, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525

Pumpkin Art Fest
Cavalier
September 18

Cavalier comes alive with fall colors and creative ideas with an emphasis on the Halloween season. Events include sidewalk chalk art gallery and a pumpkin decorating contest. 701-265-8188

36th Annual Downtowners Street Fair
Downtown Bismarck
September 18-19

This event heralds the arrival of fall with more than 180 vendors lining seven downtown blocks. Fabulous food and fun and many wonderful and unique shops. You never know what treasures you may take home. www.downtownbismarck.com; 701-223-1985

31st Annual Fullerton Steam Thresher's Show
Fullerton
September 18-19

Step back in time to see steam threshing, a sawmill, blacksmith shop, pioneer kitchen, hay rides and wood carving. Beef and pork barbecue, entertainment, quilt show and historic  www.tournd.com; 701-375-7521

Kroll's Diner Bismarck Marathon
Bismarck
September 19

It's a marathon made for personal records, flat and fast and held in the scenic Missouri River Valley. The event includes full and half marathons, marathon relay and 5-K runs and walks. www.bismarckmarathon.com/; 701-220-9162

Fall Festival
Rheault Farm, Fargo
September 19-20, 26-27

Celebrate fall and all its beauty. There will be fall crafts, carnival games, straw bale maze, pumpkin patch, barrel train rides and much more. www.fargoparks.com; 701-241-8160

Corn Maize
Mandan, South on HWY 1806
September 19-October 25

Get lost! But only for a few hours as you work your way through the amazing cornfield maze. Maize is located south of Mandan, off of Highway 1806. www.cornfieldmaze.com; 701-471-3318

Roughrider Rodeo Association Finals
Burkick Arena, Devils Lake
September 25-27

The action is intense as North Dakota rodeo cowboys and cowgirls battle it out for year-end titles and more than $22,000 in prize money. Three weekend performances. www.devilslakend.com; 701-662-4903

Natural World of the Confluence
Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center, Williston
September 26

Be at the majestic confluence to enjoy an evening full of fun, educational, hands-on and nature-based activities. www.history.nd.gov/historicsites/mycic/index.html; 701-572-9034

6th Annual Giant Pumpkin Festival
Walhalla
September 26

Giant pumpkin contest, farmers' market, games, pumpkin carving and more. Home of the largest pumpkin in North Dakota. 701-549-3939

Applefest
Citywide and Dickey County Fairgrounds, Ellendale
September 26-27

Pancake breakfast is followed by an entire day of events, including parade, art exhibit and craft sales, pie auction, bingo, bed races, music, paintball tournament and more. www.ellendalend.com; 701-349-4103

Sheyenne Valley Arts and Crafts Fall Festival
Fort Ransom
September 26-27

More than 150 vendors set up booths in the town of Fort Ransom for two days. There is also an art show and demonstrations. Free parking with shuttle rides to shopping areas. Music entertainment, food court, local fall scenery. www.svaca.org; 701-973-4461

Slope County Fair
Amidon
September 28-30

Exhibits, rodeo, pork barbecue, livestock show and sale, rib cook-off games and a free stage. Come and enjoy an old-time fair. 701-879-6270

Norsk Hostfest
North Dakota State Fairgrounds, Minot
September 29-October 3

Norsk Høstfest celebrates the heritage and culture of the five Nordic countries with ethnic cuisine, crafts and world-class entertainment. It is the nation's largest Scandinavian Festival. www.hostfest.com; 701-852-2368

These are just a few of North Dakota activities and events taking place in late September. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663. 

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