Winter Show has new managerVALLEY CITY, N.D. — Dawn Riley, manager of the 75th North Dakota Winter Show since last July, is brand new to a venerable event in the life of North Dakota farmers and ranchers.
By: Mikkel Pates, Agweek
VALLEY CITY, N.D. — Dawn Riley, manager of the 75th North Dakota Winter Show since last July, is brand new to a venerable event in the life of North Dakota farmers and ranchers.
Riley was hired for the post in July, when little had been done either for the North Star Classic cattle show or the North Dakota Winter Show.
She is also new to agriculture as a topic. Her husband was transferred from Elk River, Minn., to work with Great River Energy’s power plant at Spiritwood, N.D., near Jamestown. She had a background in the operations of in-direct marketing and direct mail.
Riley isn’t without help in her work. She persuaded Angie Curtis to come back from last year’s staff. Lindsey Peterson is new staff, and Dallas Schmidt, owner of Schmidt Quarter Horses of Cooperstown, N.D., is the facilities manager.
This year’s show offers some differences for show-goers — a new antiques/collectibles and household goods auction, Riley says.The show beefed up its seminar schedule, especially in agriculture. Among the highlights is a raffle for a three-quarter carat diamond ring and a .45 cal. Long Colt Rifle, a saddle and a handmade quilt — all celebrating the anniversary.