BISMARCK, N.D. (KXNET) — The 13th annual Bakken Rocks CookFest is bringing its festivities to Trenton on July 19 and White Shield on July 21.

Held twice each summer in two communities in the oil patch, the Bakken Rocks CookFest offers residents the opportunity to get out and learn more about the oil and gas industry, meet some of its players, attend an information session where they can listen to, visit with the experts of the industry and eat some of the best BBQ available in western North Dakota, according to a press release.

The CookFest has been a hallmark event of the North Dakota Petroleum Foundation since 2008.

Since then, the event has hosted more than 25,00 people in 24 different communities.

“This event remains a favorite among our companies and favorite among the communities in the west,” said Tessa Sandstrom, executive director for the North Dakota Petroleum Foundation. “The energy industry remains a stronghold for our state and especially western North Dakota. We’re excited each year to get, get to know community leaders who help us organize the event and celebrate the progress we’ve experienced through this fun, family-friendly event.”

Oil and gas companies will serve ribs, brisket, bbq and more to earn the title of People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice in each community.

Bill Falcon and the Good Medicine Band are slated to provide musical entertainment in Trenton and Ree Ride will perform in White Shield.

There will also be games and activities hosted by the Gateway to Science, a bounce house and a target-shooting station hosted by Mule Deer Foundation for kids. All activities are free and open to the public.

The event typically draws between 1,000 and 1,5000 people to each venue each year from surrounding communities and counties, said Sandstrom, with many making a long drive to attend at least one of the events.

Details about the Event

July 19 – Trenton

  • 2-4 p.m. CDT – Bakken Basics Education Session, TISU Building, 331 4th Ave E
    • Drilling, Production and Well Integrity – Kathy Neset – NESET
    • Transporting Bakken Crude – Justin Kringstad, ND Pipeline Authority
    • Bakken Outlook and Regulatory Update – ND Department of Mineral Resources
    • Fourth speaker to be announced
  • 4-7 p.m. CDT – BBG, games and activities for kids and music by Bill Falcon and the Good Medicine Band – Lake Trenton Recreation Area
  • 6:45 p.m. CDT – Award presented for Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice

July 21 – White Shield

  • 2-4 p.m. CDT – Bakken Basics Education Session, Ralph Wells, Jr. Community Center
    • Drilling, Production and Well Integrity – Kathy Neset, NESET
    • Transporting Bakken Crude – Justin Kringstad, ND Pipeline Authority
    • Bakken Outlook and Regulatory Update – ND Department of Mineral Resources
  • 4-7 p.m. CDT – BBQ, games and activities for kids and music by Ree Ride – Ralph Wells, Jr. Memorial Complex
  • 6:45 p.m. CDT – Awards presented for Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice