More to October than pumpkins in North Dakota

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October is mostly associated with Halloween. But there are many scary good activities in North Dakota leading up to the hauntingly fun season. For details on these or other events, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525

Fall Art Show
Bismarck
October 2-26
Enjoy a regional art exhibit at the Bismarck Art and Galleries Association. This show provides an opportunity for artists to show, share and sell their work. www.bismarck-art.org; 701-223-5986

Badlands Circuit Finals PRCA Rodeo
Minot
October 4-7
Grab your boots and cheer for 12 of the best cowboys and cowgirls in bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, roping and bucking horse riding and more. www.minotysmensrodeo.com; 701-852-5577

Maddock Renaissance Festival
Maddock
October 5-7
Get into the renaissance spirit by strolling through vendors and food concessionaires then take in a hay ride, find a pumpkin in the patch or try the inflatable games. www.maddocknd.com; 701-438-2436

Country Barn Crafters
Minot
October 6
Take the family to the farm where more than 60 arts and craft vendors display their works in the barn. Lunch is available and kids can enjoy rides, face painting, door prizes and pumpkin patch; 701-722-3540

52nd annual Makoti Threshing Show
Makoti
October 6-7
Enjoy North Dakota's largest threshing show featuring more than 300 operating units. Event includes a parade, antique tractor pull and an operational saw mill. Food is available. www.makotind.com; 701-728-6740

FM Studio Crawl
Fargo
October 6-7
Head to Fargo for this premier celebration of visual art. Forty local artists open their studios to the public to view their work. http://www.fmva.us; 701-298-3936

Pumpkin Festival
Beach
October 7
Celebrate fall at this festive event that includes pumpkin games, decorating and cooking, scarecrow contest and kids' games. www.beachnd.com; 701-872-3121

Uffda Day
Rutland
October 7
Uffda, it's here! Festivities include a 5-K walk/run, classic car show, craft sales, food (Uffda tacos, abelskeivers, Norwegian dinner) and more. Parade at 1 p.m. www.rutlandnd.com; 701-724-3361

Duckfest
Bowdon
October 12-14
Duckfest kicks off with a German supper then continues with contests, art and quilt shows, archery and trap shoot, dance and kids' activities.  Stay for the chili cook off. www.bowdonnd.com; 701-962-3355

North Star Quilters Guild Educational Conference
Grand Forks
October 12-14
In addition to workshops by featured instructors, there will be various trunk shows, local instructors and several vendors available. Pre-registration required for workshops; trunk shows and vendors open to the public. www.northstarquilters.org; 701-746-7668

The Woman in Black
Fargo
October 19-28
A spine tingler presented by the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theater. A man recounts his story of events during a funeral of an elderly recluse where he caught site a woman in black whom terrifies locals. http://fmct.org/; 701-235-6778

Art and Wine Walk
Grand Forks
October 20
Sample an assortment of fine wines while viewing great works by talented regional artists. http://www.novac.org/art--wine-walk.html; 701-746-0444

24th annual Fargo Big One Art and Craft Fair
Fargo
October 20-21
The 24th annual Fargo Christmas Show includes more than 260 booths and 150 exhibitors showcasing products handmade from across the U.S. www.thebigone.biz; 701-837-6059

24th annual Goosefest
Kenmare
October 20-26
A week of fun-filled activities in Kenmare includes chili cookoff, Goose and Gander Social, Ladies Night Out, wild game feed and bird hunting contest. http://www.kenmarend.com/?id=68; 701-385-4232

END-TOMBED (mountain bike race)
Arvilla
October 27
Try the 12-hour mountain bike challenge where riders compete solo or on a team to see how many laps they can complete. www.endracing.com/p/end-tombed-12-hr-mt-bike.html; 701-330-0709

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