Fun North Dakota events continue throughout August

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If strolling leisurely through a festival with a grilled ear of corn in your hand is your idea of a great time, then North Dakota has something for you. And if running, paddling, climbing and biking for 24 hours is what you consider fun, well, North Dakota has the event for you, too. You will find these and everything in between as August comes to a close. To find more information about these activities, and for a complete list of events, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

Fargo Blues Festival
Fargo
August 16-17
Enjoy a two-day, 12-band blues explosion featuring Walter Trout, Janiva Magnes and other world-class bands.  Great food, beverages and on-site camping at Newman Outdoor Field. www.fargobluesfest.com; 218-287-7775 or 866-552-5837

Wild West Grillfest
Mandan
August 16-17
Bring your appetite to Mandan for this grilling competition between restaurants. You may also enjoy live musical entertainment, inflatable games, hayrides, art and craft vendors and a dance both nights. Dirty Word is playing Saturday. www.mandanprogress.org; 701-751-2983

9th annual International Country Gospel and Quilt Show
International Peace Garden, Dunseith
August 17-18
Listen to live music both days and take in the quilt show on Sunday. Performers will be featured from both the U.S. and Canada. www.peacegarden.com; 701-263-4390 or 888-432-6733

Northern Plains Ethnic Festival
Prairie Outpost Park, Dickinson
August 17-18
Enjoy a variety of regional ethnic foods ranging from Czech, German, Scandinavian, and Norwegian. The two-day event also will feature live entertainment. www.visitdickinson.com; 701-225-2416 or 800-279-7391

Pipestem Creek Trail Run and Gear Grinder
Jamestown
August 17-18
Pipestem Creek Trail Run on August 17 has three-mile and eight-mile divisions. The Gear Grinder Mountain Bike Race on August 18 is open to anyone who would like to test his or her mountain biking skills. www.jamestownparksandrec.com; 701-252-3882.

21st annual Corn Feed and Old Settlers Day
Bismarck
August 18
Celebrate the founding of the historic town Buckstop Junction. Entertainment by Cowboy Action Performers. Music by Hungry Five Ompah Band, Ragtime Piano and other local talent. Demonstrations, corn feed and more. www.buckstopjunction.org; 701-250-8575

Dig and Discover Pembina Gorge
Walhalla
August 19-25
Dig at an 80 million-year-old fossil site containing mosasaur (giant sea lizards), bird, fish, squid and other fossils at the Pembina Gorge site near Walhalla.701-549-2707

Fall Festival
Glen Ullin
August 23-25
Annual Harvest Fest featuring a parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Evening entertainment will be a free program at the high school, followed by a street dance downtown. Also kiddie games, art and craft show, food and free entertainment. 701-348-3683

Rollin’ on the River
Grand Forks
August 23-24
The weekend kicks off with a Keep the Ball Rollin' Golf Tournament at King's Walk Golf Course. On Saturday, the Rollin' on the River inline skating marathon takes place on the city streets of Grand Forks, with the Alerus Center as the starting point at 7:30 a.m. 701-746-0444

8th annual Badlands Trail Run
Medora
August 24
This eighth annual event winds its way through the breathtaking North Dakota Badlands on portions of the Maah Daah Hey Trail. Categories include 5-K or 10-K run, and 5-K walk. www.medora.com; 701-623-4444 or 800-633-6721

Island Park Show
Fargo
August 24
Spend the day shopping in the shade for original fine arts and unique crafts. More than 160 juried arts and craft booths, with items like handmade baskets, pottery, decorative wood item, clothing and more. There will be music playing throughout the festival. www.fargoparks.com; 701-499-7788

END-AR: Extreme North Dakota Race Adventure
Walhalla
August 24-25
END-AR24 is hands down the hardest race in the state of North Dakota. It is an extreme challenge of teamwork that involves biking, trekking, and paddling through some of the most difficult terrain in the state for up to a full day. http://endracing.com; 701-330-0709

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

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