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Published February 27, 2008, 12:00 AM

N.D. Winter Show next week

The 2008 North Dakota Winter Show will blend old and new when it begins March 4 in Valley City. “We have a lot of the old favorite events back,” said Nancy Allen, manager of the Winter Show. “As the oldest winter show in the region, people expect those things.”

By: Keith Norman, The Jamestown Sun

The 2008 North Dakota Winter Show will blend old and new when it begins March 4 in Valley City.

“We have a lot of the old favorite events back,” said Nancy Allen, manager of the Winter Show. “As the oldest winter show in the region, people expect those things.”

The list of favorites for the 71st show include the PRCA rodeo with shows at 2 and 7 p.m. on March 8 and at 2 p.m. on March 9, a draft horse pull and show on March 6, an old-time tractor pull on March 5, a farm toy show on March 4 and a pick-up pull on March 6.

While each of these events are standards of the Winter Show, in some cases, they will get a new twist.

“The rodeo challenges the spectators to be ‘tough enough to wear pink,’” Allen said. “The Winter Show and Relay for Life in Barnes County have partnered up for the Sunday 2 p.m. performance. There are 10 locations around Valley City selling pink T-shirts with the proceeds going to Relay for Life.”

Another change makes the Winter Show arena accessible to all.

“It was a big step made possible by donations of the ARC of Barnes County, Friends of the Winter Show and the NDWS Women’s Division,” Allen said. “The lift will allow Winter Show guests with limited mobility the opportunity to access and enjoy arena events and can be accessed in the northeast corner of the bleachers.”

Collectors will have a couple of opportunities during the Winter Show.

On March 6 and 7 antiques and collectibles will be displayed in the National Guard Armory while on March 8 and 9 the armory will host an arts and crafts show.

For those that want to mix a little education with their fun March 5 is technology day. Seminars titled “Virtual Subscriptions” and “Click, Fix and Print” will be presented at the Regional Technology Center located west of the Winter Show building. The cost is $15 per seminar.

Other free seminars include Keeping the Family Farm in the Family, Planter Set-up hosted by John Deere, Our Changing Climate and Investing and Selling Land. All will be held in the south exhibit building.

The musical entertainment of the Winter Show runs a wide gamut.

The Country Hoedown leads off the Women’s Division events on March 4 with The XIT Gals, Cheaper than Therapy, The Yodeling Cowgirl Kristi Goldade and Rodney Nelson. The women’s luncheon on March 6 features the music of The Bowdle Boys. The hoedown will be held at the Valley City Eagles. Tickets are $15, including lunch, and must be purchased in advance.

Also on March 6 is the Christian concert featuring The Glen Schmidt Family. Cost is $10 for those over the age of 12 and $5 for those 12 and younger.

Those attending on March 7 and 8 can catch the entertainment on the free stage in the south exhibit building. Mylo Hatzenbuhler and his Farmboy Music will alternate performances with Mikael the Mime.

Topping off the music is the big concert in the main arena on March 7.

“Little Texas and Western Underground are drawing a lot of attention,” Allen said. “Little Texas is back touring after a six-year break and Western Underground was the band of the late Chris LeDoux.”

Tickets are $25 in advance of $30 at the door.

Along with the seminars, concerts and events spectators can browse through the vendor booths throughout the main building and the south exhibit building.

“We have a lot of new exhibitors plus many returning vendors,” Allen said. “By the time the Winter Show gets under way all the spaces will be filled.”

Admission and parking for the Winter Show are free. The concerts and seminars have individual charges or a season event pass is available for $40. A full schedule of events is available at the Web site www.northdakotawintershow.com.

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at (701) 952-8452 or by e-mail at knorman@jamestownsun.com

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