Get out and enjoy January in North Dakota
Winter in North Dakota has been mild so far. Take advantage of the opportunity to get outside in relative comfort and do some getting around, whether by dog sled, snowmobile, skis or snowshoes. To find more information about events in North Dakota in January, or for a complete list of activities, go to NDtourism.com; 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.
Winter Ag Expo
Jamestown Civic Center
Get an early jump on all the latest ag-related technology during two days of free seminars and new ideas at the agri-business booths. The event will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days in the Jamestown Civic Center. 701-252-1400
Monty Python's "Spamalot"
January 12, Chester Fritz Auditorium, Grand Forks
January 13, Fargodome, Fargo
One helping of "Spamalot" not enough? Seconds are available. "Spamalot" is the outrageous musical comedy inspired by the film classic "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." www.cfa.und.edu; 701-777-4090. www.fargodome.com; 855-694-6367
Winter Wildlife Weekend
Cross Ranch State Park
Sit in on a taxidermy talk, learn about taking winter photos and see the great outdoors and wildlife on a snowshoe hike. You may bring your own snowshoes or rent them at the park. Vehicle entrance to the park will be waived. www.parkrec.nd.gov; 701-794-3731
Winter Wonderland 2012
Gateway to Science, Bismarck
Enjoy an out-of-this-world experience while learning about constellations, our solar system, stargazing and much more. The event will feature a portable planetarium set up for viewing constellations indoors and astronaut training exercises. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. www.gatewaytoscience.org; 701-258-1975
KMOT Ag Expo and Livestock Show
Come out and enjoy the largest indoor agricultural show in the upper Midwest. Visit with more than 360 exhibitors covering 950 booths. Approximately 30,000 to 40,000 people have attended the annual show in recent years. http://kmot.com/Ag_Expo.asp; 701-852-5254
Trinity Mardi Gras
You don't have to travel to New Orleans or wait until March to enjoy Mardi Gras. Trinity High School is bringing the party to Dickinson. For more than 45 years, Mardi Gras has offered great food, an extensive midway, entertainment and an auction. This is family entertainment at its best. 701-483-6092
For those outdoor enthusiasts enjoying the beautiful weather around the state but longing for some of the white stuff, these events will go as planned should weather conditions allow.
Pink Ribbon Riders ND Snow Run
Join in the fun at this two-day event open to both men and women. It includes a welcome party, door prizes, contests, snowmobile ride and awards banquet. www.pinkribbonriders.com; 701-328-5389
SnowJam, one of the area's premier snowmobile trail rides, will take place on the Cass County trail system. Hagge's Bar and Grill in Mapleton will serve as headquarters and feature live music that evening. The event also includes a vintage snowmobile display and ride, games and great prizes. www.snowjam.org; 701-361-2070
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman
Participate in classes that include cross-country skiing on Thursday and snowshoeing on Friday. There is an option to stay overnight on Thursday and enjoy activities like making pine needle baskets, preparing Dutch oven desserts, and a campfire. www.gf.nd.gov/education; 701-328-6312
North Dakota State Snowmobile Run
No sled, no problem! This fun run may be done by snowmobile, car or bus. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun, which includes stops throughout southeast North Dakota, music, food, a vintage run and show, and a dance to cap off the evening. www.snowmobilend.org; 701-274-8289
These are just a few North Dakota activities and events taking place in January. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.