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Published November 07, 2010, 06:17 PM

Pride of Dakota Showcase Helps Holiday Shoppers In Grand Forks

Signs of the holidays are popping up in the northern valley. A weekend event gives shoppers the chance to get ready for the gift-giving season.

Signs of the holidays are popping up in the northern valley. A weekend event gives shoppers the chance to get ready for the gift-giving season.

"We were just over here and saw the Father Christmases. They're just beautiful," said shopper Loretta Moe. Moe has a lot of holiday items to choose from.

A few decorations, tasty treats at a homemade fudge booth and a nice refreshment at a wine tasting all mean one thing: holiday shopping.

"I think it's interesting to see all the things North Dakota has to offer in one place," said shopper Wanita Cost.

The Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks is two-day event.

Shoppers say it is worth the $2 admission.

"It's good for North Dakota businesses. These shows bring in a lot of revenue. It's keeping the money local and helping these companies," said Sara Kelsch, who works with Pride of Dakota.

"Everything is under one place. You don't have to run in and out of places. It's nice," said Cost.

Homemade crafts, wine tastings and some fudge all in one place make holiday shopping more convenient. Today's event is also doing something on a state level.

"Most of these companies are mom and pop companies. A lot of them do this on the side for extra income," said Kelsch.

Helping at least one customer cross a few things off her shopping list.

"Large variety of things to choose from. For your husband, good friend and even a neighbor," said Moe.

The showcase will be in Minot next weekend.

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