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David Luessen, Forum News Service, Published February 28 2014

North Dakota Winter Show begins Monday in Valley City

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The North Dakota Winter Show kicks off next week in the North Dakota Winter Show building on Winter Show Road in Valley City.

Commercial exhibit coordinator Katie Oakes said among the new events debuting at this year’s show, an entire day will be dedicated to man’s best friend.

“We have a dog day, a day completely devoted to dogs,” she said. “We’ll have a stunt team called the Canine Stars. They’re a dog stunt team with three trainers and nine dogs and they’ll be coming to perform Wednesday.”

Oakes said two local animal rescue groups, Jamestown’s Prairie Paws and the Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals in Valley City, will have adoptable dogs on hand for a meet and greet from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the main arena.

The Winter Show’s traditional warm-up activities begin Monday with the crop show judging, chili cook-off and community Olympics.

The Winter Show officially opens Tuesday with commercial exhibits, seminars, a tractor pull at 2 p.m. and a pickup pull at 6 p.m. Tickets for the pulls are $10 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

Florida’s Canine Stars will perform shows at 11 a.m. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, with tickets costing $7 for adults and $3 for children.

Thursday will see the pony and horse pull at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, with tickets at $10 for adults and $5 for children. Twenty-five people will also compete in a karaoke contest, with cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250. The horsemanship competition will take place at 4 p.m.

The Friday night concert features headliner Joe Diffie with opening acts 32 Below and Parmalee. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 on the day of the all-ages show. Tickets are available at 250 W Main St., Valley City.

Saturday is the day of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association’s rodeo with tickets at $20 for adults and $10 for children. The 2014 Miss Rodeo N.D. Winter Show will be named at 6:30 p.m. in the main arena prior to the evening’s rodeo events.

Also on Saturday, the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame will induct Al Gustin and Alfred Black at 1:45 p.m. in the main arena. Gustin was an award-winning agriculture broadcaster and Black was a soil scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Winter Show closes at 5 p.m. Sunday.