From March Madness to Arts Madness

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The overwhelming interest in basketball’s March Madness has led to more than 21 million viewers tuning in for the NCAA championship game, far more than the 2 million that might watch a regular-season game. This excitement also runs the gamut of sports and has Americans ready to watch high-stakes competitions of all kinds this time of year.

In 2015, North Dakota is getting in on the action as home to the NCAA Division I men’s hockey West Region tournament (Fargo Scheels Arena, March 27-28). With hockey viewership on the rise nationally, and Grand Forks recently named as the best hockey town in America, Fargo will be a destination for thousands of enthusiastic fans come March.

On the local level, the state high school basketball tournaments in Bismarck, Fargo and Minot play into the traditional “March Madness” mood. But there is plenty of other action, including swimming’s state high school boys’ meet in Bismarck and the North Dakota short course state championships in Grand Forks, North Dakota USA Gymnastics state championships in Fargo and figure skating shows in Bismarck, Devils Lake, Fargo, Grand Forks, Hazen, Jamestown and Minot.

Competition isn’t limited to sports, and exercising the mind can be just as valuable as exercising the body. The Fargo Film Festival kicks off March 3, with movies vying for best-in-show awards, various other competitive categories and special awards. Sundance Film Festival’s critically acclaimed “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” will make its regional premiere at the Fargo festival.

No matter what kind of competition you’re after, North Dakota has some of the hottest tickets this March and you’re invited to get in on the action.

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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. 

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