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Brilliant Holiday Shopping in Fargo

On November 20, 2015, in shopping, by FM CVB

Today marks the first snow fall of the winter Season which comes with mixed emotions for many. Some of us rejoice at the sight of the first snowfall while others curse at the reminder the winter is (finally) upon us. The 60 degree days have made it difficult to get into the holiday spirit but I must say as I carefully recall how to drive on ice and snow, the excitement for the holidays has quickly set in.

One task I have learned to enjoy over the holidays is gift giving. I have found joy in discovering the perfect handmade gift or art piece by a local maker or artist; something so uniquely Fargo, that it can’t be found anywhere else.

Here is a list of 5 of my favorite Fargo finds to check out during your holiday shopping this season. Enjoy!

1) The ultimate Fargo Sweatshirt. Did you know the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center has some of the best Fargo gear in town? I may be biased but since our recent North of Normal rebrand, we have been stocking the shelves with great t-shirts, sweatshirts and trinkets. Check out the online store for North of Normal, Fargo and Woodchipper gear.

Tip: We encourage you to stop in and purchase if possible to avoid shipping fees.

Fargo Crew Neck Sweater

Fargo Crew Neck Sweater


2) It’s no secret that the Fargo-Moorhead community has a rich Scandinavian heritage. Rosemaling is a decorative folk painting that originated in Norway and can often be found on pottery. STABO, located in the West Acres Mall, is full of great Scandinavian gifts. These rosemaling mugs ($16.95) are sold individually but can be purchased in multiples for a set.

Tip: Purchase two mugs and pair with a bag of local coffee beans from Twenty Below Coffee for a great gift under $50.

Rosemaling mugs at Stabo

Rosemaling mugs at Stabo


3) Staying with the Norwegian theme, that brings me to my next gift… lefse. Now how is lefse a great gift, you may ask? Well lefse is a tradition for many northerners during the holidays but unless you or someone you know can make it, it must be purchased. No big deal for those who live in the area, but lefse is not a grocery store staple for others across the nation. Freddy’s Lefse in West Fargo can ship anywhere is the United States. It’s a great gift for those who miss the tortilla-like flatbread. They ship twice a month so check their website for details.

Tip: If you are shipping homemade lefse, I suggest freezing packages before shipping. With the colder conditions for ground transportation, your lefse should arrive to its final destination nice and fresh.

Freddy's Lefse

Freddy’s Lefse


4) I’m not sure I can pick a favorite gift to give from Unglued, located in downtown Fargo. They offer a wide variety of kid’s accessories, jewelry, soaps, wall art and more. The best part about shopping at Unglued is no matter what you purchase, your gift is handmade by a Midwestern artist. Win, win. One of my personal favorite go-to gifts are Bison Booties. They are soft-sole slippers for babies, toddlers and children and come is a lot of fun colors and patterns. Each pair of Bison Booties is handcrafted with love by an entrepreneurial mom out of Mandan, ND.

Tip: These booties are great for crawlers transitioning into walking so I typically stick with buying sizes 6-12 months or 12-18 months.  These make for terrific baby shower gifts too!

Bison Booties @ Unglued

Bison Booties @ Unglued


5) Neck ties, and bow ties and all things repurposed… oh my! Ashley Dedin is the owner, seamstress and brains behind the hand crafted neckties and bowties made from upcycled shirts. Her brick and mortar store, AENDEE is located in the SOMA (South of Main Ave) neighborhood of downtown Fargo. Outside of neckties and bowties, Ashley also makes fabric cufflinks, infinity scarves and headbands.

Tip: Make your gift giving extra thoughtful and have a handcrafted item made from a well-loved shirt that belongs to someone special in your life. Many items can be made from one shirt but plan in advance, custom orders do take longer then popping in the store or ordering online.


To quote the always lovely Julie Andrews, “these are a few of my favorite things”. So whatever your reason for shopping in Fargo this holiday season, remember to keep it simple, well-crafted and meaningful.

Get a head start on your holiday shopping during Small Business Saturday on November 28th.


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How To Eat Like A Midwesterner: Lefse

On November 19, 2015, in food, travel, by FM CVB

How To Eat Like A Midwesterner

Tradition. It’s a big part of what lefse is all about. If you ask a Midwesterner about lefse, chances are they will tell you about making it with their parents or grandparents growing up. Those memories are a part of why we enjoy lefse so much.

When people unfamiliar with Norwegian and Midwestern food taste lefse for the first time, they sometimes wonder what the big deal is. Why do we even go to the hassle of making the stuff? It’s a fairly labor-intensive process, and for what? An arguably bland, tortilla-like thing that we slap some butter and sugar on.

But for most who grew up in the Midwest and have Norwegian ties, lefse is a big deal. We dedicate a day or two prior to or during the holidays to make a couple batches of lefse. And when we think of lefse, we recall memories of spending time with friends and family, and sharing laughs while making it. To us, there’s just something about a hot-off-the-griddle piece of lefse, slathered with butter and sprinkled with sugar. It tastes like home. If it’s made correctly (like grandma taught you), it practically melts in your mouth, and you just can’t get enough. For those of Norwegian descent, lefse is anything but bland – it’s full of flavor from the love and tradition that goes into making it. 

Here’s a quick lesson on lefse-making. For very detailed instructions on how to make lefse, ask someone with strong Norwegian heritage, or visit Sons of Norway in your area and get a few pointers. 


These are the tools you’ll need to make lefse:
-Lefse griddle

-Rolling pin (with cover/sock if available)
-Potato ricer
-Lefse turning stick
-Pastry board & cloth


Lefse dough consists of:
-Potatoes (usually riced) or potato flakes

Dough recipe:
4 cups riced potatoes (about 2 to 2 1/2 lbs of potatoes)

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup heaving whipping cream
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups flour

Some people mix all the ingredients, EXCEPT THE FLOUR, ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight, and then add the flour just before they making the lefse dough patties. If you mix the flour with the dough and refrigerate it overnight, the flour starts to break down and can cause the dough to be too mushy. 

After the flour has been mixed in, prior to rolling out the dough, create dough patties. My grandma and grandpa would always make the patties and put them on a tray and keep them in the refrigerator until they were ready to be rolled out. 

This is probably one of the trickiest parts of making lefse—it’s when you’ll find out if you got the flour amount just right. If your dough has too little flour, it will make rolling out the dough a very frustrating process.

Sprinkle some flour on the pastry board and place a dough patty on the board. Dip the patty in the flour you sprinkled on the board and then flip it to get a little dusting of flour on the other side of the patty as well. You may also want to flour your rolling pin a little bit.

Start rolling by lightly rolling forward and backward on the patty. Try to roll it evenly in all directions if you’re concerned about the pieces of lefse being nice and round. Roll the dough out as thin as possible, without making any holes or tearing the dough. 

Using the lefse stick, carefully lift and remove the lefse from the pastry board. Make sure the lefse stick is in the center, with the piece of lefse draping over the stick. Place the piece of lefse on the griddle, and then rotate the stick until the rest of the piece is on the grill.

When the lefse starts to bubble and gets a little dry on the edges, it should be flipped. Use the same method as transferring it to the griddle. It won’t take quite as long on the second side. Remove the lefse from the griddle when you see light brown spots start to develop.

After you remove the lefse from the griddle, fold it onto a dish towel (preferably a tea towel embroidered by your great-aunt) and cover.

For best results, use REAL butter and sugar. Spread the butter on, sprinkle it with sugar (brown or white – I prefer brown sugar, but the lefse is definitely edible either way), roll it up, and enjoy! 


  • It’s all about the flour
    Getting the amount of flour right is critical. Lefse experts (usually grandmas, grandpas, moms, etc.) know just how the dough is supposed to feel, and how to adjust the flour accordingly. Too much flour will result in dry/brittle lefse, and too little flour will hinder the process of rolling out the lefse. It might take a few tries (or a few years) until you get the flour amount down pat.


  • Real potatoes vs. potato flakes
    Most people are not able to tell the difference between lefse made with real potatoes and lefse made with potato flakes. Because of varying water amounts in real potatoes, using real potatoes can make it trickier to get the dough consistency just right. If  real potatoes are used, you may have to make some tweaks to the recipe, and not follow the recipe to a T. Some traditionalists may consider using potato flakes “cheating,” but if you’re looking to make the lefse-making process simpler and quicker, potato flakes are the way to go.


  • Make lefse with friends & family
    The process of making lefse is much easier and more enjoyable if you have a group of people assigned to stations. Someone to form the dough patties, one for rolling, one to oversee the griddle and at least a few for “quality control” (the official title for those that hang around and sneak pieces of lefse here and there). So, when you plan to make lefse, gather together a few of your friends and/or family members, share some laughs, make some memories, and continue the tradition.


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If you’re in town this weekend, and want to check out the Fargo AirSho, here’s what you need to know:


Saturday, July 25 & Sunday, July 26, 2015 11:00am-3:30pm
Gates open at 9:00am each day. 


This year’s performers include The US Navy Blue Angels, US Navy Parachute Team the “Leap Frogs,” Lt. Col. John Klatt, Skip Stewart, Kent Pietsch, Indy Boys Inc., Kyle Franklin’s Flying Circus, Skydive Fargo and a AV-8B HARRIER II Demonstration


If you already bought tickets and opted to pick them up at Will Call, you can pick them up at the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center on Thursday and Friday (7:30 AM – 8:00 PM), or at the Fargo Air Museum Gate Entrance on your way into the AirSho on Saturday and Sunday. (Please allow one day from date of purchase and pick up.)

If you need to buy tickets, they will be for sale at all the gates at the AirSho (cash only – ATM on site).

Ticket prices, effective July 23, 2015 through the duration of the show, are $30 for Adults (18+), $15 for Children (11-17), and FREE for Children 10 and under.  If you are hoping to upgrade your seating, upgrades are on a first-come, first-served basis if available.

Tickets are good for either day but for one day only (same show both days). If the AirSho gets rained out on the 25, you may use your tickets on the 26. The gates open at 9:00 AM and the show begins at 11:00. The show usually ends around 4:00 PM, and gates close at 5:00.


You should bring:

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Lawn Chair/Blanket
  • Portable Umbrella
  • Ear Plugs
  • Wagons
  • Strollers

These items are NOT allowed:

  • NO FOOD OR BEVERAGES (except water)
  • NO COOLERS (except small coolers with infant formula or personal medical supplies)
  • NO BACKPACKS (except for infant diapers, infant supplies, or camera equipment-these will be inspected)
  • NO PETS (not even if carried in your arms or in a kennel) Service animals are allowed.


To get to the AirSho, attendees should either:
-Follow I-29 to Exit 69 (County Road 20 – north of 19th Ave N), then head east on County 20 to University Drive. Go south on University Drive until you reach the FARGODOME.

-Follow I-29 to Exit 66 (12th Ave N), then head east on 12th Ave N to 10th St. Go north on 10th St to 19th Ave N, then drive west on 19th Ave N until you reach the FARGODOME.

To view the traffic route map for going to the AirSho in the morning (8:30am-10:45am), click here.
To see the traffic route map for navigating around the area between 10:45am and 5:00pm, click here.

Parking is $5 and will be available at the FARGODOME, and the industrial park west of the FARGODOME. Handicapped parking is available at the east gate near the old terminal. There will be shuttles transporting people to and from the parking lot and the entrance gate.

Click here to view the public parking map.



To view the map of the Fargo AirSho grounds, click here. Please note that Will Call is located at the Fargo Air Museum Gate Entrance.


If you have any other questions regarding the Fargo AirSho, please call the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center at 701-282-3653. 

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Food Trucks. We’ve all seen them. Maybe we’ve even eaten at one or two in our life. Did you know that Fargo has some of the BEST FOOD TRUCKS IN THE ENTIRE WORLD?? Okay. Maybe not the entire world but they’re pretty darn good. My friend Hannah and myself recently went on an adventure to find the best street food vendors in town.  

Here’s what we discovered.

TACO BROS Trust-You-Bro-Platter

Here’s the thing about this dynasty that is Taco Bros. They. Never. Let. You. Down. EVER. They are always at their corner, rain or shine. If I could eat Taco Bros for breakfast, lunch and supper every day and night for the rest of my life, I would. Just off the main drag of Broadway behind The Empire you can find Taco Bros serving up a small, but delicious mix of Mexican street food. I had the Big Mike with chicken with a side of rice and beans for a whopping $5! The best value of anything I’ve ever bought in my life. My lovely friend Hannah had the chicken Mexillent (tostada with grilled corn, guacamole, chicken, rice, lettuce, and chipotle mayo) and a side of the mouthwatering mexi corn. I dare you to find something on their menu that doesn’t tickle your taste buds! Visit their Facebook page for their most up-to-date hours. When in doubt, Taco Bros. For life.



This food stand is simple and tasty. You have a couple choices; brat wurst, grilled hot dog, or polish foot long and you can add bacon for a buck. The nice man working grilled my polish foot long to perfection, slicing through the middle for added grill-age. You can also douse your dog in the common condiments, or add sauteed onions and peppers, and sauerkraut. Also, cream cheese hot dogs. If you haven’t tried cream cheese as a condiment on your hot dog, The Hot Dog Peddler would love to introduce you to that deliciousness. While a bit overpriced ($6 for my hotdog), it was a really excellent dinner choice during Cruisin’ Broadway. He isn’t out all the time, but the second you stumble upon him, your night is made. The Hot Dog Peddler. He’s a thing. Check out his Facebook page for hours and locations.

The Hot Dog Peddler


GIGI’S ICE LOLLIESGigi's Ice Lollies

Gourmet Ice pops are now in session! Gigi’s lollies are perfect for those hot Fargo days. The ice lollies are a sweet treat on a stick that come in many different flavors, creamy lemonade being my favorite! Sometimes this cart is hard to find, and pops up in many different places, but the owner is very good about responding to emails and Facebook messages letting you know where she will be. Some of our favorite flavors include: frozen hot chocolate, creamy lemonade, blueberry lavender, strawberry basil, honeyed peaches and cream, as well as special flavors from time to time. Everyone needs a little treat in their life, right? GO TO GIGI’S. NOW.


Other street food options you might want to be on the lookout for in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area include: 

Sandwiches, wraps & other munchies

“Discus-shaped, carbohydrate-y breakfast food & desserts”

Mexican – tacos, empanadas, taquitos, quesadillas & more

Artisan ice cream crafted from regional ingredients with a fresh new edge on flavors – examples of flavors available include Brown Sugar Bacon, Mint Basil, Sweet Corn, White Chocolate Lemon, and Roasted Watermelon

Sandwiches – Reuben, Rachel, Cuban, BBQ Pulled Pork, Dagwood & more


Do you have a favorite food truck or cart in the Fargo area? Drop us a comment below and let us know what you think is the best street food in town!

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Welcome to Fargo, College Hockey Fans!

On March 26, 2015, in events, Sports, by FM CVB

Fargo is proud to host the 2015 NCAA Men’s Hockey West Regional at Scheels Arena.  We hope to see lots of college hockey fans in our area this weekend!

Scheels Arena - NCAA Hockey

Scheels Arena – Fargo, ND


If you’re new to the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area, you may want to check out the Area MapVisitors Guide, and Dining Guide. Those that have been to the area before, but not for a few months or years, may be interested in recently-opened restaurants, attractions, hotels, etc. This blog post has information on what’s new in the area.

Some area businesses are offering specials to tournament fans. Show your game ticket and get the following specials:


Parking at Scheels Arena is limited and fans are encouraged to consider alternate parking options. A shuttle service will run between Fargo Billiards & Gastropub, Anderson Softball Complex, Bulldog Tap and Scheels Arena.

There are several options for food & drink near the Scheels Arena including Mexican VillageJL Beers (32nd Ave S location)Famous Dave’s, Bulldog Tap, Fargo Billiards & GastropubHennessy’s Irish PubOld Chicago, Peoples Organic, Smiling Moose Deli, Izumi Sushi & Hibachi, Beans Coffee BarFirehouse SubsApplebees, and Pizza Ranch.

Planning to do some shopping if you have some downtime? West Acres has a more than 120 stores to browse through. The shopping center is also home to the Roger Maris Museum, so if you’re interested in baseball, be sure to take a few minutes and check that out!

Scheels Ferris Wheel

Scheels Ferris Wheel

Another store that you can spend a significant amount of time in is Scheels–it even has a Ferris wheel inside! Also inside Scheels is Gramma Ginna’s Restaurant & Fudge Shop, serving gourmet soups, sandwiches, Gelato, and over 24 flavors of homemade fudge. You’ll find a nostalgic shooting gallery in the store too.

At the heart of the Fargo-Moorhead area is Downtown Fargo, where you’ll find plenty of unique shopping and dining experiences.

Uniquely local dining options include Blackbird WoodfireHoDo Restaurant & Lounge, JL Beers, Mezzaluna, Monte’s, The Boiler Room, Vinyl Taco, Wasabi, Wurst Bier Hall and many more.

The downtown area is home to several fun little shops–a few of them are AENDEE, Broadway Shoe CompanyEloise, Kittsona, LOT 2029, O’Day Cache, One World, Others, Proper & Prim, Unglued and Zandbroz.

The historic and iconic Fargo Theatre is another highlight of Downtown Fargo. Hockey fans may be interested in the movie, Red Army, that will be playing at the theatre, starting this weekend.

If local beer is your thing, you may want to try a brew at one of Fargo-Moorhead’s breweries, all of which are located in, or near, the downtown area.

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Junkyard Brewing Company


For more information on the Fargo-Moorhead area, stop by the F-M Visitors Center, located at 2001 44th St S in Fargo. Our travel ambassadors will be happy to answer any questions or give suggestions for things to do while you’re in the area. Our visitors center is also home to the Celebrity Walk of Fame and The Woodchipper from the movie FARGO!

 Good luck to all participating teams and fans–hope you enjoy your time in Fargo!

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Katy Perry in Fargo, ND

On August 19, 2014, in attractions, events, information, by FM CVB


Katy Perry is set to perform at the FARGODOME this Saturday, August 23rd. This concert has been much anticipated since it was announced back in January. A sell-out crowd is expected for the concert, although it appears that some tickets may actually still be available for the concert…if you’re in the right place at the right time. I went online earlier today to see if any tickets were available to purchase through, and I was able to add two to my “cart.” A short while after that, I called the FARGODOME to ask if there were actually a few tickets left for the concert, and I was told that none were available at the moment, but some might be released, so keep checking.

This weekend also happens to be move-in weekend for area colleges, so we’ll have quite a few visitors in town for that. Barnesville Potato Days and the Island Park Craft Show are going on this weekend as well. As a result, hotel availability for this weekend is dwindling, so if you don’t already have a room booked, finding a room could be a bit challenging. Unless some rooms open up due to cancellations, you may have to broaden your search for a hotel room to outside the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Those planning to attend the concert on Saturday should be prepared to encounter some fairly heavy traffic on the way there. Also, there’s still construction happening on 19th Avenue North near the dome, so that could cause some additional traffic issues. The FARGODOME will open the doors to concertgoers at 6:00pm, and the show starts at 7:30pm. It would be a good idea to arrive at the FARGODOME around 7:00pm, especially if you don’t want to miss any of the opening act, Kacey Musgraves. If you’d rather avoid the hassle of driving, you can catch a ride on a shuttle. Here’s a list of the places we are aware of that are offering shuttle rides for the concert:

  • Borrowed Bucks
    • $8 shuttle ride to and from the concert with 2-4-1 drinks after the concert
  • Hennessy’s Irish Pub
    • $10 shuttle ride to and from the show with a free drink after the concert
  • JT Cigarro
    • $10 for a ride to the concert and back with free drink after the concert
  • Shotgun Sally’s
    • $12 for a ride to and from the concert, plus a free drink ticket
  • Radisson Hotel Fargo
    • $20 for a ride to and from the concert on the coach bus
  • Sickies Garage
    • $10 for the shuttle ride to the concert and back, includes a free drink ticket
  • The Windbreak
    • Shuttle to and from the FARGODOME

Leave us a comment if you know of other shuttles available for the concert, and we’ll add them to the list!


It’s going to be another eventful and exciting weekend in the Fargo-Moorhead area! Whatever your plans, have an enjoyable time!


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Pioneer Days

Blacksmithing demonstration at Pioneer Days

Date & Time
Saturday, August 16, 2014: 10am-5pm
Sunday, August 17, 2014: 12pm-5pm

One-day rates: Adults $12; Seniors/Military $10; Kids Ages 4-14 $6; Kids 3 and under FREE
Two-day rates: Adults $15; Seniors/Military $13; Kids Ages 4-14 $8; Kids 3 and under FREE

Bonanzaville is always an interesting place to visit, but the pioneer village truly comes alive during Pioneer Days. This event provides a glimpse into “back in the day” with demonstrations on woodcarving, basket weaving, blacksmithing, embroidery, and more. The Pioneer Days parade shows off some classic cars and farm equipment. Song and dance is also a part of this celebration of history–the Kringen Accordian Band, Blue Moon Band, and Page Music Players will serenade visitors throughout the two-day event, and you’ll be able to see square dancing and clog hoppers. The Native American Pow Wow is another highlight that you should definitely try to take in–it happens at 4:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Mylo Hatzenbuhler, the ‘Original Rock and Roll Farmboy,’ is an exciting addition to this year’s Pioneer Days. His hilarious songs and skits about life on the farm are entertaining for folks of all ages!

If you remember the western series, The Rifleman, you’ll be delighted to know that Johnny Crawford will make an appearance at Pioneer Days! He played Mark McCain in the series, which originally aired from 1958 to 1963. Crawford was also one of the original Mouseketeers in Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club, prior to acting in The Rifleman. Johnny Crawford will be performing with the band, Detour, from 12:00pm-3:00pm both Saturday and Sunday.

This celebration of heritage and history is a fun and educational event that will be enjoyed by all ages!  Visit for more details and the full schedule.

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This blog post is a guest post written by Kristine Holm. Kristine has been on the Pride Planning Committee for a number of years, and serves as one of the event coordinators. 


Rainbow flags in Downtown Fargo

On Sunday, seventy rainbow colored flags were raised to signify the beginning of the 2014 Fargo-Moorhead Pride (FM Pride) celebration. A group of volunteers worked along Broadway in Fargo, from Main to 7th Street, adding each flag and filling the sidewalk with chalk messages and pictures. These flags are a traditional symbol of the LGBT social movement and hold much importance for many members of the community; when they appear in Downtown, they mean it’s time to celebrate!

The Fargo-Moorhead area has become a sort of rural hot spot for the North Dakota LGBT community, and travelers. The FM Pride Committee has made it a goal to highlight the area through fun events throughout the year and, of course, with the annual FM Pride celebration. This year promises to be another record breaking year in attendance, with participants from all over the Midwest, Canada, and beyond. We hope that you’ll join us this weekend, August 15th through the 17th!

The events officially kick off on Thursday at All-Star Bowl in Moorhead at 6:00 p.m. This is a great event for families and people of all-ages. For only $5.00 each, you can bowl all night long! After a few rounds with your friends, celebration continues into downtown Fargo with trivia hosted by Drag Queen Kelly Coxsyn at Rhombus Guys, followed by karaoke.

The long weekend continues 8:00 p.m. Friday night at The Fargo Theatre with ARRIVAL The Music of ABBA, brought to Fargo by Jade Presents. If you leave the concert wanting more, head over to the Aquarium where the celebration amps up at 9:00 p.m. with our Throwback Dance Party. This is typically a sell-out event, so you will want to get in the door early! The Youth Pride Drag Show is also hosted on Friday night downtown, an all-ages event, at Studio 222.

The Saturday events draw our biggest crowds year after year! The 5k Fun Run and Walk starts the day bright and early; participants will cross the starting line at Dike East in Fargo at 10:00 a.m. Following the race, the Pride in the Park festival opens at Davy Park in Moorhead. Rain or shine, we will have an array of vendors, merchants, artisans, businesses, community groups, and even some live entertainment for your enjoyment. Those who are 21+ are welcome back to Moorhead after dining out for the Block Party! This event features a regional favorite, DJ Joyride, and the area’s hottest and only outdoor drag show hosted by Nina Diangelo.

The FM Pride celebration wraps up on Sunday, beginning 12:30 p.m. with the InterFaith Service at the Fargo Theatre. The service will conclude shortly before the Pride Parade in downtown Fargo at 2:00 p.m. The parade ends in the West Lawn of the Civic Center with the annual Pride Rally. Everyone is then invited for one final celebration at Sidestreet Grille & Pub for the Official Pride After-Party, starting at 3:00 p.m.

We hope that you will find your way to one, or all, of our events! With a weekend packed full of activities, there is something for everyone at Fargo-Moorhead Pride. You will not be disappointed! For more information, visit our website, or find us on Facebook.

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Exhilarating and exciting may be two words used to describe a day at North Dakota Horse Park. From wagering bets, to cheering on your favorite rider, there is so much fun to be had at the North Dakota Horse Park. The expansive 110 acre spread includes a state-of-the-art racetrack, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, a stable, and grandstand seating for 1,500 people. The racetrack is approximately six furlongs (3/4 mile) in length, and the stables can hold over 400 horses.

Photography by Urban Toad


If you’re looking for a luxurious and relaxing experience at the races, a VIP Gazebo is for you! The VIP Gazebos seat up to 20 people and are placed closest to the finish line. The gazebo also includes four race day programs and an appetizer buffet. The North Dakota Horse Park also offers a Family Gazebo. The Family Gazebos seat up to six people and usually sell out well in advance of race day. This year, there will be six live horse races, July 19, 20, 26 & 27, and August 2 & 3. Feel free to bring your umbrellas, blankets, and lawn chairs. Just remember to leave your pets, coolers, and outside food/beverages at home, as they aren’t allowed inside of the Horse Park.

So what does a day at the races entail, exactly?

On a typical race day, gates open around 11 a.m. and the first race will kick off at 1 p.m. You can grab a bite to eat from Wurst Bier Hall, as they will be providing food at all live racing events, or top off your drink at Dempsey’s Public House bar. After you’ve picked up your refreshments, head on over to the wagering station and place a bet on your favorite horse. During the half-hour break between races, you can wander over to the paddock and see the saddled horses and jockeys before their race begins. Also, check out the horses upper lips for tattoos. Their lip is tattooed to make sure no other horse runs in place of them.

Photography by Urban Toad


Now for a little Horse-Betting 101.

If you’re new to betting, perhaps you’ll choose a horse based on his cute name or because his race number happens to be the same as your birthday. If we are being honest, that’s exactly what I would do. But for those who actually know what they’re doing, there’s a little bit more thought that goes into wagering a bet.

There are Three Basic Bets; Win, Place, or ShowWin is the most common and simple bet. You win money only if your horse finishes first. Place means you win if your horse finishes first or second. Show means you win if your horse finishes first, second, or third.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, there are also Exotic Bets that you can wager. These bets include the Daily Double, Exacta, Exacta Box, Trifecta, Trifecta Box, and Superfecta.

Bettors at ND Horse Park
Photography by Urban Toad


Three Tips to consider before handing over your buck

  • Past Performances – Study past race results, speed figures and lifetime record of the horse
  • Connections – Know the jockey and trainer of the horse and their varying degrees of success
  • Tote Board – Watch the tote board for changing odds. This will give you clues about how the betting public views a horse’s chances of winning the upcoming race.

Alright, so now you know what kind of bet you want to make, what do you say to the teller?

  1. Racetrack (only if you are betting at a different racetrack than where you are) and Race Number
  2. Amount of your bet
  3. Type of bet you are placing
  4. Horse’s program number

Example: “Churchill Downs, race four, two dollars to Win on number seven.”

After the race, stop back to collect your payout… or not. Either way, make sure to add North Dakota Horse Park to your summer calendar.

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Foodie Friday: Taco Bro’s Food Truck

On May 30, 2014, in food, Outdoors, by FM CVB

There’s a new trend taking hold of the Fargo-Moorhead community. Food Trucks. Thank the food fairies!

I love food trucks. I love everything Food Trucks stand for – I love the affordable pricing – I love the entrepreneurial spirit of their owners – I love the food they produce – I love their flexibility.

Food. Trucks.

Taco Bros Food Truck

Taco Bros Food Truck

The summer before I started at the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, I was in Portland, OR working as an intern. That was the summer I fell hard for food trucks. Portland’s downtown is lined with truck after truck of every ethnic food you could ever desire. The smells were intoxicating and the food always lived up to the hype. When I returned to Fargo post-internship I craved the food truck delicacies that I had grown to adore on the other side of the country. Now, FINALLY, food truck culture is taking hold of Fargo!

At this point, downtown is the place to go for most of the food trucks in our area and Mexican is the name of the game.

Taco Bros, located on Roberts Street, just west of the Empire. They are in the parking lot just south of the railroad tracks between 4th and 6th Avenues North… (I know what you’re thinking… “But Adrienne, I don’t know where that is!” Well what do you expect!?! It’s a food truck!) Taco Bros has been serving up tasty tacos and awesome Mexican flavors for almost two years in downtown Fargo. Their service is quick and their food has the perfect amount of heat (at least for my taste buds). Our group ordered a little bit of everything and shared. Between the three of us we spent $18 and walked away more than satisfied for lunch.

Trust You Bro Platter

Trust You Bro Platter and a great shot of Downtown Fargo… Off Broadway!

Guacamole & Chips: $2.50
There was nothing overly special about this item, but we never say “no” to guac and it was satisfying.

“Big Mike” Taco: $4.00
A butter fried flour tortilla with chicken or beef and topped with chipotle mayo.
Yum. This was taco was loaded with meat, lettuce, sauce and REAL QUESO CHEESE. Yep, that’s right, no cheddar here. I love the authentic use of queso on this taco. And the butter fry on the tortilla added just a little crispness to the taco.

Beef Tostada, Mexillent Style: $4.00
A crunchy corn tortilla topped with beef, lettuce, queso cheese, pico de gallo, rice, beans & sriracha sour cream (not really authentic, but awesome none-the-less). What makes it Mexillent, you ask? Added guacamole and grilled corn… Right off the cob… fresh corn… there’s not much better in the summer.
Did I mention the grilled corn? It was sweet and perfect, just the way only corn right off the cob can be. The corn and the sriracha sour cream made this dish something I would seek out again and again. The mixture of the flavors was so delicious, I almost forgot to share.

The famous corn...

The famous corn…Mmm.

Trust you Bro Platter: $7.50
A platter of whatever the chef feels like creating for you!
In this case, we got a plate full of beans & rice, a beef tostada and a beef taco. It was a massive and a good thing we were sharing.

The food we had was awesome, but I am warning you, there is no seating. They do have some table like spools for standing around, but no actual seating. This is understandable, however, because everyone else took their food to go.

All in all, Taco Bros is a A+ in my book. And apparently I am not alone in that thought. They currently hold a 4.5 Star Rating on Facebook after 198 ratings. Pretty impressive.

The Details:
Price Range: $3-10 | #tacobrosfargo

Summer Hours:
Monday-Saturday 11am-3pm
Monday-Saturday 6pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday late night 1am-3am

PS. Yep! They are open after bar close on Friday & Saturday nights for all you night owls!