Late September is a festive time in North Dakota

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With the harvest winding down and fall having arrived, it's time to celebrate the end of summer the North Dakota way with a festival. Festivals highlight the true quality and charm of North Dakota. City people venture out to small towns, townsfolk interact and others return home to celebrate with family and friends. To find out more about Applefest, Norsk Hosfest, Fargo Fest or other events, or for a complete list of events, go to or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525

Central North Dakota Steam Thresher's Reunion
New Rockford
September 21-23
Take part in this three-day event featuring a unique collection of rare antique operational steam engines from a bygone agricultural era, as well as many antique tractors and implements. Daily events include a thresherman's breakfast, parade of engines, craft show, food vendors, blacksmith and washing demonstrations and live entertainment.; 701-947-5631

Applefest (Ellendale)
September 22-23
Grab your running shoes and dash to Applefest to enjoy a 5-K run or walk, parade, food, craft and product vendors. Children and adult activities will  include a pie-eating contest, pie auction, pet show, music and talent show.; 701-349-4103

Applefest (Bismarck)
Buckstop Junction, Bismarck
September 22-23
This fun-filled, family event is held at Buckstop Junction where you will find a kids' carnival, arts and crafts, petting zoo, food vendors, live music, bake sale, and silent auction.; 701-222-6100

Harvest Holidays
September 22-23
Harvest is a time to celebrate. This event kicks off with a 5-K walk/run and parade. Then, join in the fun of the classic car show, street fair, farmers market, minnow races, casting contest, and a street dance with the Roosters.; 701-493-2208

Fall Festival
September 22-25
Navigate your way through the straw bale maze at the pumpkin patch, make a scarecrow hat, play carnival games and decorate a pumpkin cookie. Kids will also enjoy farm animals, face painting and horse and pony rides.; 701-499-7788

Fargo Fest
September 28
Bring a lawn chair, bomber hat and your best Fargo accent for this outdoor movie event. Festivities kick off with a pre-event emceed by Froggy 99.9 radio personalities while local group Cat Sank Trio provides soothing music. Showtime of the movie Fargo starts at 8 p.m.; 701-282-3653

Wild Hog Grand Forks Half Marathon
Grand Forks
September 28-29
Go hog-wild in Grand Forks! The inaugural event kicks off Friday with a family fun run, and continues Saturday with a half marathon, half marathon relay, 10-K and 5-K. . Stick around for the celebration in Town Square featuring food, beverages and live entertainment after the Saturday races.; 701-746-0444

Roughrider Rodeo Association Finals
September 28-30
It's the best of the best. Watch North Dakota's finest  compete in bareback riding, saddle bronc, bull riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, junior events and more.; 701-252-8088

9th annual Giant Pumpkin Festival
September 29
Is it the "Great Pumpkin?" Find out at the giant pumpkin contest. Then enjoy the farmers market, games, Pumpkin Princess contest and see why Walhalla is home of the biggest pumpkin in North Dakota. 701-549-3939

Red Willow Family Trail Ride
September 30
Enjoy the beautiful hills and trails at Red Willow Bible Camp. Bring a horse and saddle up for a day the whole family can enjoy while exploring the springs and hills surrounding scenic Red Willow Lake. The ride will conclude with a cowboy supper and campfire.; 701-676-2681

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

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