VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The 82nd annual North Dakota Winter Show, will run from March 5 to 10 in Valley City. This is the longest running ag show in the region and features a variety of activities for the entire family.
As always, the commercial exhibit area will be jam packed with a wide variety of products, and during the Ag Challenge, the South Exhibit Building (SEB) will exclusively feature products and services directly related to agriculture.
Don’t forget the Food Court area on the north side of the Main Exhibit Building (MEB), where an assortment of food items will be available to fend off the hunger pangs.
Here is a key to the locations of the various events referred to in the schedule: MA – Main Arena; NGA – National Guard Armory; MEB – Main Exhibit Building; WA – West Arena; SEB – South Exhibit Building; and HAC – Hi-Liner Activity Center. Following is a day-by-day rundown of the activities at this year’s Winter Show.
Friday, March 1 – (Pre-Winter Show Events) The activitiesget underway with the State Crop Show judging beginning at 1 p.m. in the Main Arena area.
Monday, March 4 – (Pre-Winter Show Events) The main arena will become the scene of the ever-popular Chili Cookoff at 5 p.m. followed by the zany contests of the Community Olympics at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5 The 82nd annual North Dakota Winter Show officially opens its doors at 10 a.m. with commercial exhibits in the MEB and the Ag Challenge exhibits in the SEB. These exhibits will remain open until 7 p.m.
The first ag education session will start at 10:30 a.m. on the AgCountry Stage in the SEB, with Joe Ikley, NDSU Extension weed specialist, and his topic – “Palmer Amaranth 101.” This will be followed at 11:30 a.m. with “Hoof Beats with Lori – Cognitive Communications with Horses: The Ground Work 101.”
Two ag educations sessions are scheduled for the afternoon. At 1:30 p.m. the North Dakota Livestock Alliance will feature a panel discussion on “Turning Livestock Development Concepts into Reality.” That same group will hold another panel discussion an hour later on “Financial Incentives for North Dakota’s Livestock Industry.”
From 4 to 6 p.m. the SEB will be the site for the Valley City Chamber Ag Social. A ticket is required to attend this event and the program includes the induction ceremony for the North Dakota Ag Hall of Fame, and recognition of the State Crop Show Honoree and Rutledge Kane Award recipient.
Entertainment for the day in the MEB Main Arena is the tractor pull, which starts at noon and the pickup pull begins at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6 Exhibits again open at 10 a.m. and stay open until 7 p.m.
The Senior’s Dance Day/County Hoedown also opens at 10 a.m. at the Valley City Eagles. This is for your dancing and listening pleasure. Greg Hager and Family will be the featured entertainment. A chuck wagon lunch will be available from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the event ends at 3 p.m.
Seminars on the AgCountry stage include fishing guide Cody Roswick from the Fin-Guide Service at 10:30 a.m. followed by the second session in the “Hoof Beats with Lori – Cognitive Communications with Horses: The First Ride” at 11:30 a.m.
The Classic Steer Show will be held in the WA of the MEB at 2 p.m., followed by the Market Hog Show at 3 p.m.
Friends of the Winter Show will gather for a social at the Eagles from 5 to 7 p.m. and the Classic Steer/Market Hog Auction will begin in the lower level of the Eagles Lodge.
Evening activities in the Main Arena will be Mounted Shooting, a new event this year.
Thursday, March 7 (Horse Day) – Exhibits will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in both buildings. Horse activities get underway at 10 a.m. with the Pony Pull in the MA.
The first ag education session on the AgCountry stage in the SEB begins at 10:30 a.m. and will feature NDSU Extension agent Randy Grueneich discussing land rent values. Then, at 11:30 a.m. there will be another Hoof Beats with Lori, and this time the topic will be “How Horses Heal – Equine Assisted Psycho Therapy.”
At noon, the Horse Pulling contest will be held in the MA, followed at 2:30 p.m. by horse team events featuring the obstacle course, log skidding and barrel pattern.
The horse events concluded at 6:30 p.m. with a Ranch Rodeo in the MA.
In other events on Thursday, the NDWS Luncheon will be held at the Eagles, starting at 12:30 p.m. and will feature Mylo Hatzenbuhler – the Original Rock & Roll Farmboy.
For the youth, Tasha Schuh will have a presentation titled “My Last Step Backwards.” This will be at the Hi-Liner Activity Center starting at 1 p.m. After a tragic theater accident left Schuh paralyzed from the chest down, she has discovered invaluable lessons that resonate with audiences of all demographics. Since 2007, she has been traveling across the country inspiring and challenging thousands of listeners to overcome and persevere, no matter what life throws at them.
The day’s activities conclude with a dance featuring the Great Outdoors at the Eagles, with the dance starting at 8:30 p.m.
Friday, March 8 (Kid’s Day) – A change is made to the exhibitor list in the SEB today and those now have a theme of Home, Play and Getaway. Exhibits in both buildings will open at 10 a.m., however the SEB exhibits will close at 5 p.m. while the MEB exhibits will close at the usual 7 p.m.
A Youth Education program will take place in the SEB from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Country Concert is the big entertainment of the day and will be held in the main arena starting at 6 p.m. The concert will feature the sounds of the Confederate Railroad and opening groups Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band and the group Redline.
There will be a Winter Show dance again this evening at the Eagles with Great Outdoors with a starting time of 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 9 (PRCA Rodeo and Military Appreciation Day) – The day begins at 8 a.m. with the Hippology Contest in the main arena. The Antique, Junk Boutique N’ More Show opens at 9 a.m. at the National Guard Armory (NGA).
At 10 a.m. the commercial exhibits and the Home, Play & Getaway Exhibits and the 4-H Critter Corral are in the SEB. The Crop Judging Contest will also start at 10 a.m. at the Eagles.
The AgCountry free stage will feature Farmer Figg’s Barnyard Science at 10 a.m., and an hour later the Farmer Phil Show will take over the stage.
The Open House for the Classic Steer carcasses will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Valley Meat.
Farmer Figg’s Barnyard Science will have a return engagement at noon on the AgCountry free stage.
The awards for Hippology and the Crop Judging Contest will be presented at 1:30 p.m. in the stage area. This will be followed by The Farmer Jill Show at 3 p.m. another session of the Farmer Figg’s Barnyard Science at 4 p.m. and a repeat of the Farmer Phil Show at 5 p.m. and the final Farmer Jill Show at 6 p.m.
Main arena action during the afternoon and evening is PRCA rodeo action with new stock contractor Bailey Pro Rodeo. Performances will take place at 2 and 7 p.m. Following the evening performance, the PRCA Rodeo slack performance will be run starting at 10 p.m. and there is no admission charge to watch the slack time competition.
Finally, Great Outdoors will provide the music for another Winter Show dance at the Eagles, with an 8:30 p.m. starting time.
Sunday, March 10 – This day will see a combination of livestock shows and entertainment. The junior cattle show start at 8 a.m. in the main arena. The Antique, Junk Boutique N’ More Show begins at 9 a.m. and the commercial exhibits and the Home, Play and Getaway at the NGA will both open at 10 a.m., along with the 4-H Critter Corral in the SEB.
Church services will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the SEB and Farmer Figg’s Barnyard Science will go onstage at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. The Farmer Phil Show is scheduled for 1 p.m. and Farmer Jill’s Show at 3 p.m.
In the MA, the final PRCA Rodeo is scheduled to start at 2 p.m., and the 82nd annual Winter Show will close at 5:30 p.m.
There is no charge for parking or entrance to either the Winter Show’s Main Building or SEB, Hoffman said and the facility is handicapped accessible. However there is a charge for many of the entertainment events and those prices are available in their printed schedule; on the NDWS website: www.northdakotawintershow.com or by calling their office at 701-845-1281. Tickets can also be ordered by either calling the toll-free number or on the website.
“We are going to having a fun time each day of the show,” Hoffman said, “and we invite everyone to come to Valley City.”