Future Farmers of America students judging grain samples during 1961 show. Photo: W.P. Sebens
North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City
The North Dakota Winter Show is the Dakotas'
longest running agricultural show. From its humble beginnings in
1937, the show has grown into a major 11-day event that attracts
70,000 visitors each year. Its purpose is to showcase the many
facets of the region's agricultural industry. Livestock shows,
competitions, and sales remain a foundation of today's event.
Home-grown foods and crafts are featured, as well as youth
educational events, attracting participation by the area's 4-H
Clubs and Future Farmers of America chapters. During the first few
years, musical entertainment became part of the Winter Show
tradition, followed by rodeos, professional wrestling, boxing,
vaudeville shows, an all North Dakota Talent Night. Project
documentation includes an extensive report on the history of show,
photographs, and a book
Comradely Competition, Education and
Entertainment - The First 50 Years of the North Dakota Winter
Originally submitted by: Earl Pomeroy, Representative (At Large).
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