No slowing down in North Dakota as June events roll on

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Small town festivals are a summer tradition in North Dakota. This year marks Ashley’s 125th year, so trek on down there to help the town celebrate its quasquicentennial. That’s just one of the many traditional activities on the calendar as we head toward the peak of the summer season. Enjoy festivals, music and athletic events throughout the state. To find more information about these activities, and for a complete list of events, go to or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

June 20-22
Get together with family and friends to celebrate summer with traditional parades, games, a class reunion, fun run and walk and dances.; 701-430-3180
Ashley Quasquicentennial
June 20-23

Help the city celebrate its 125th anniversary. The weekend celebration includes a parade, live concerts, food and various activities throughout the weekend.!/Ashley125th; 701-288-3640.

Friends4Vets Event
June 21-22
North Dakota entertainer Gwen Sebastian and popular rock band Zwarte will headline Saturday’s Friends4Vets event June 21-22 at Sportsman’s Centennial Park at Garrison. This adults-only festival includes two full days of music, vendors and fun in support of North Dakota’s veterans.
37th annual Devils Lake Walleye Fishing Tournament
Devils Lake

June 21-22
Two-day tournament on one of North Dakota’s great fisheries features opportunities for landing some true whoppers.; 800-233-8048 or 701-662-4903

Sam Dart Memorial Highway 21 Treasure Hunt
Highway 21
June 21-22
Discover one-of-a-kind finds at approximately 100 rummage sales along 100 miles of Highway 21, including the communities of St. Anthony, Flasher, Carson, Elgin, New Leipzig, Mott, Regent and New England. 701-584-2172
RM Stoudt Off-Road Festival - XTERRA
June 21-23
Off-road festival is a three-day event with various competitions for participants to choose from, including swimming, mountain bike racing and running. XTERRA Pipestem Creek was the top-rated XTERRA America Tour race for the 2012 season.; 701-251-9145
Blues on the Red
Grand Forks

June 22
Enjoy an evening of blues music in the heart of downtown Grand Forks. Top musicians provide free entertainment, while vendors sell a delicious variety of food.; 701-746-0444

Fort Stevenson Frontier Military Days
Fort Stevenson State Park, Garrison
June 22-23
Experience a Dakota Territory living history military encampment with demonstrations and maneuvers of 1860s frontier military life. Participate in skills and crafts of the Indian Wars period including visiting the reconstructed Fort Stevenson Guardhouse Interpretive Center.; 701-337-5576
Rendezvous Ribfest
June 22
Cook and enter ribs for a chance to be crowned Rib King. Music and other activities throughout the evening. 701-549-3939 or 701-549-2700
Chippewa Thunder Scenic Ride In
June 22
Motorcycle event includes 90-mile ride through the Turtle Mountains. Riders receive barbecue, players package, slot tourney and giveaways. Evening music lineups includes John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, Don Feldner (formerly of the Eagles) and Lou Gramm (vocalist of Foreigner).; 701-244-2400 or 877-767-0048
Midland Continental Depot Centennial
June 22
Join in the celebration of the depot’s 100th year. Everyone is invited to bring their Midland Continental Railroad pictures, memorabilia and stories to share. Cake and coffee will be served. 701-435-2875
30th annual Roger Maris Golf Tournament
June 23-24
Celebrities tee it up at the annual charity golf tournament and auction in honor of Roger Maris. 701-364-1961
Roughrider Days Fair and Expo
June 24-July 6
PRCA rodeo, single steer roping, parade, demolition derby, concert featuring Joe Nichols and Restless Heart, 5-K and 10-K runs, livestock shows, stock car races, arts roundup, carnival and - of course - a fireworks display.; 800-279-7391 or 701-483-7721
38th annual Sam McQuade Sr./Budweiser Charity Softball Tournament
June 28-30
The U.S.A.'s largest non-profit, one-weekend slowpitch softball tournament brings together players, families and fans from all over the country.; 701-223-6850
Event at Huff Hills
June 29
This is the most extreme obstacle race to hit North Dakota. The Event at Huff Hills Ski Area will feature nearly three miles of course, with 12 crazy and challenging obstacles. This race isn't about getting in shape, or changing your life, it's about having FUN.; 701-663-6421
The Music Man
Frost Fire Summer Theatre, Walhalla
June 29-July 31
Enjoy a theater performance under the North Dakota summer sky. Frost Fire Theatre features The Music Man. A winner of five Tony Awards and packed with song after recognizable song, this smash hit is absolutely perfect for the whole family.; 701-549-3600

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

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