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Pride Of Dakota Holiday Showcase

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Tomorrow is already the first of December, which means the holiday shopping season is in full swing.

If you don't like dealing with the lines at malls, or backorders and shipping fees while shopping online, there's another place where you can find great holiday gifts.

"Today was to beat the crowds, but that obviously isn't happening," Dorothy Cook from Stanton said.

It might be one week after Black Friday, but hundreds stand in line waiting for this year's Pride of Dakota Holiday showcase.

More than 260 booths fill the civic center in Bismarck, all filled with North Dakota creations.

"We have crocheted beanies, standard sock monkeys owls, Newsboys hats," Sara Frank said.

"We have clocks with different figurines on them, we have rope wreaths, rope crosses," Roy Riehl said.

"We raise squash, pumpkin, a popcorn called Dakota Blackpop, and all of those were bread and selected on our farm," Theresa Podoll said.

"I quilt when I'm not busy making lefse, and I do some knitting and quilting, so I stay pretty busy," Paulette Bollard said.

Those who came out to shop, are finding some great gifts.

"You can do all of your Christmas shopping here, every bit of it" --- "I like the lady from Watford City who makes the North Dakota calendars, you're a North Dakotan if," Cook said.

Others might not be doing too much shopping, instead they're here to try some tasty treats.

"They keep handing out these samples you know and that's right down my alley," Roy Poppe from Mandan said.

While those shopping for holiday gifts or a salty snack enjoy the annual Holiday Showcase, so do the vendors.

"Pride of Dakota is the best thing that ever happened to North Dakota for everyone that's making a product, made in North Dakota," Riehl said.

Unique products, made by creative North Dakotans.

The Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase continues this weekend at the civic center, it's open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $2.

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