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Published November 05, 2011, 04:50 PM

Local Products Offer Unique Options For Holiday Shopping

The Pride Of Dakota Holiday Showcase transformed the Grand Forks Alerus Center into a shopper's paradise. And this year's was the biggest ever in Grand Forks. Nearly 6,000 people are expected to shop the wide range of vendors.

The Pride Of Dakota Holiday Showcase transformed the Grand Forks Alerus Center into a shopper's paradise. And this year's was the biggest ever in Grand Forks. Nearly 6,000 people are expected to shop the wide range of vendors.

"This is one of the best opportunities in the state of North Dakota to get our product out there. These Pride of Dakota shows are wonderful, you get so many people through the doors," Brenarsky's Gourmet Seasoning Co-Owner Scott Karsky said.

Scott Karsky and his partner Dave Bren just started their business about a year ago. They say shows like Pride of Dakota are the perfect opportunity to attract customers across the state.

"Absolute great exposure. Not just for us, but for everybody that's here. It's just a wonderful opportunity, no matter if you're just getting started with a few products or if you, like some of the wine companies, they've been around and they're all over the state. But it's just great exposure," Karsky said.

And vendors that are more established agree.

"We've done Williston and Dickinson and it was kind of fun to bring our product to the western part of the state. We weren't out there at all before in the stores or anything like that," Katrina Hodny with Leo's Potato Dumplings said.

Everything here is handmade or homegrown right here in North Dakota. And with so many options, shoppers are sure to find a unique gift for everyone on their holiday shopping list.

"It's handmade. And it's a koozie that goes over a coffee cup and then you put your pens all around it, and then you can put your scissors and other things in it. And I have a sister that's a teacher too so I'm sending it to her," shopper Sharon Branvold said.

From potato dumplings to bloody mary mixes, and photographs to jewelry, the Pride Of Dakota offers a little something for everybody.

"It's just a wonderful, wonderful state and we have a wonderful product and we're glad we can bring it to wonderful North Dakota people," Hodny said.

This year's showcase has 135 vendors. The show is open Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is just $2.

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