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Reel in a SimplyGrand time

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The organizers of Cats Incredible Catfish Days are feelin’ dirty at thirty! This popular catfishing tournament – taking place on our dirt-bottomed, north-flowing Red River – is celebrating its 30th year! Held the last weekend of July, in downtown East Grand Forks’ LaFave Park, Cats Incredible brings in top anglers from all over North America. However, even those not competing will find a variety activities, entertainment and food they’re sure to enjoy!   Friday, July 28 Food Vendors & Beer Garden – 5 to 8 p.m.  Saturday, July 29 Fishing Tournament – Day 1 Boat Launch – 4:30 a.m. Fishing Begins – 7 a.m. Gates Open to the Public – 10 a.m. Food Vendors & Beer Garden – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Family Entertainment – 12 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 30 Fishing Tournament – Day 2 Boat Launch – 4:30 a.m. Fishing Begins – 7 a.m. Gates Open to the Public – 10 a.m. Food Vendors & Beer Garden – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 3rd Annual Cars & Catfish Car Show – 12 to 4 p.m. Family Entertainment – 12 to 6 p.m. Tournament Ends – 4 p.m. Cats Incredible Tournament Awards – 6 p.m. For further …

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Be a know-it-all and get the Grand Forks App today!

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Ever missed out on a fun event because you hadn’t heard about it?  Or perhaps you could have saved 20% off a recent purchase with a discount you weren’t aware of?  Well, that never needs to happen again because the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is happy to announce their mobile app, launched last fall, is a simply grand success! If you wanna be in the know 24/7/365, then get the GRAND FORKS APP available at Google Play and the App Store.   Key features of this SimplyGrand promotional tool include: the community’s most comprehensive calendar of events; deals and discounts for local businesses; great to-dos and must-sees; turn-by-turn directions and much more. Through push notifications, you’ll also be able to receive updates, new promotions and current tourism offerings. Don’t miss out or delay…grab the Grand Forks App today!   Almost forgot, there is even more fabulous news about the CVB’s new mobile app. To help celebrate its debut, they are giving away a $100 gift card each month for the first six months! To be eligible, all you hafta do is “get the GRAND FORKS APP” at Google Play or the App Store.  

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It’s a SimplyGrand pumpkin, Charlie Brown

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Autumn is here but no need to fear…you and the family are gonna fall in love with all the spooktacular fun to be had at Nelson’s Pumpkin Patch.  Since Halloween is only a few weeks away, time to get pumpkin’d up and pick your very own gourd before they’re all gone!   Located just west of Grand Forks, Nelson’s is a mere 20-mile drive to one great time.  Some of the cool to-dos include a pre-school straw maze, 10-acre spider web corn maze, hayrides, farm animal petting zoo, games, concessions and much more.  And if you’re feeling brave, the Gruesome Canary Haunted House is wicked good!   Nelson’s is open through October 30, from 3 to 6 PM during the week and 11 AM to 6 PM on weekends.  Their address is: 2448 20th Avenue NE, Emerado, ND.  Simply take the Grand Forks Air Force Base exit off Highway 2, then go 1½ miles north and a ¼ mile east…then look for the BIG PUMPKIN.  Additional information may be found at www.nelsonspumpkinpatch.com.  

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Every fun event under the sun

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Summer may be winding down but that certainly doesn’t mean our SimplyGrand events are! In addition to all the great shopping, dining and attractions Grand Forks/East Grand Forks has to offer, there are a whole slate of fun outdoor events coming up this weekend:   Fridays, late April through September 16:  Premier Racing Hot Laps at 6 p.m. & Races at 7 p.m. River Cities Speedway WORLD OF OUTLAW SPRINTS (featuring Donny Schatz) + Lightning Sprints, Late Models, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks will all vie for the checkered flag on one of America’s top dirt tracks Food and beverage concessions $37/$32 for Adults; $17 for Kids  Saturdays, June 18 through September 24:  Outdoor Farmer’s Market 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Town Square Fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, crafts and more Live entertainment and food concessions Free admission  Saturdays, June 18 through September 24:  History Alive! at Farmer’s Market 1 p.m. Begins and ends in Town Square Guided historical walking tour of the Downtown District Free admission  Saturdays, June 18 through September 24: Yoga on The Greenway Beginning at 10 a.m. The Greenway area behind The Toasted Frog Class led by a certified YMCA instructor Bring your own yoga mat, towel …

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Find SimplyGrand buys under Fair Skies

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Put pen to planner right now and mark off September 9-10, 2016! Why? Because that’s when the Downtown Development Association (DDA) will sponsor a first-of-its-kind Grand Forks Downtown Street Fair. From DeMers to Third Street and many more, our Downtown District streets will be filled with great shopping, entertainment, food and fun galore.   With the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau as presenting sponsor, the Street Fair is free and open to the public! This awesome event will feature talented artisans and vendors from around the United States and Canada. A few of the ones already booked include: Simply Dakota (bath and skin care items); John’s Very Cool Glass Art; Prairie Fairy Designs (handmade natural stone jewelry); Red Attic (hand-sewn quilts and clothing) and Dakota Sun Gardens Winery. If you’re a fair food fan like me, I’m happy to report there is going to be a “Taste of the Fair” food experience! Just some of the yummy eats you’ll find are fry bread tacos, fresh-cut fries, bison burgers, hand-battered cheese curds, kettle korn, mini donuts and fruit smoothies.   No worries; there will be some great to-dos for the little ones, too. Town Square is serving as the host …

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Get going on The Greenway

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The Greater Grand Forks Greenway is a huge public recreational space bordering the Red River and Red Lake River in the adjacent cities of Grand Forks, ND and East Grand Forks, MN. At 2,200 acres, it is more than twice the size of New York City’s famous Central Park!   One of the most prominent features of The Greenway is its extensive 20-mile system of paths which are used by bikers, walkers, joggers, inline skaters and cross-country skiers. In 2007, the system was designated as a National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service. There are also several city parks and two golf courses along The Greenway. Other amenities include wildlife observation areas, a campground, fishing spots, interpretive displays, wildflower gardens and sites for various athletic activities including volleyball, horseshoes, disc golf and ice skating. Throughout the year, The Greenway and nearby space is also used to host several festivals and events.   The Greenway, developed after the devastating Red River Flood of 1997, encompasses major portions of the two communities that lie within the floodplain. After the flood, several neighborhoods were removed to make way for a massive new dike flood protection system; The Greenway includes the land that …

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Celebrate the 4th with a bang

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Word has it, this Independence Day in the Forks will be sizzling. No, I’m not talking about the temps…it’s the 2016 Sertoma 4th of July Festival & Fireworks show that will be lighting up Town Square and The Greenway! Of course, we’re also expecting beautiful, sunny weather, as well.   In addition to all the awesome attractions, pocket parks, shopping and dining our Simply Grand Downtown District has to offer every single day, this iconic celebration (in its 54th year) adds even more to love about our two towns! If you want to make it one fun 4th to remember, just meet me in the Square this coming Monday and enjoy all these great events:   8 AM – Altru Family YMCA Firecracker 10K & 5K Fun Run/Walk 11:30 AM – Patriotic Kids Parade (down N 3rd St from University Ave into Town Square) 12 PM – City Band + Food Vendors (Town Square) 12 to 6 PM – Silent Auction + 12 to 9 PM – Raffle Ticket Sales (Town Square) 1 PM – Opening Ceremony (Town Square) 1 to 5 PM – Face Painting, Caricatures, Kids Games (Town Square) 1 to 5 PM – Various activities including Games Galore, Dakota Science Center, ArtWise, Inflatable Games (The Greenway) …

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Taking it to the streets

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Today’s blog comes from Stacy Kusler, local runner & Grand Forks Wild Hog Marathon Planning Committee member.   While summer is in its prime here in the region, many community members are already setting their sites on a late September weekend when a full marathon will return to Grand Forks, the home of North Dakota’s ORIGINAL full marathon!   The Wild Hog Marathon will be added to the lineup of races the weekend of September 23 and 24, 2016.  It will join the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Half Marathon, the Subway Restaurants 10k, the Alerus 5k and the Crary Real Estate Kids and Family Fun Run.  Runners will also have the option of pairing up with friends, family or co-workers to compete together in the full or half marathon by registering for one of the Stray Media Group Relay options.    As race organizers prepare to make this 26.2 mile leap, it is important to increase our community involvement both in terms of volunteers and support.  With the marathon, our runners will be out on the course longer and additional volunteer support on the course in the form of aid stations and intersection supervision will be needed to ensure …

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Grand ART FESTivities to fill the Forks

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Mark your calendars now and get ready to raise two Forks on June 11 & 12! That’s when both Downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks will be rocking with great shopping, live entertainment, food and tons of fun during the 2016 Grand Cities Art Fest! Over 120 quality artists and crafters from around the nation will be selling their wares at Town Square, the Greenway and Cabela’s parking lot.  Examples of the different media include ceramics, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal, naturals and painting. Dozens of food vendors will be on hand to tantalize your taste buds with everything from caramel apples, funnel cakes and kettle korn to fry bread tacos, bison burgers and barbecue ribs. And don’t forget to check out NoVAC’s Arts in Action, Fine Arts Avenue, Kids’ Corner and the Main Stage.   NoVAC’s Arts in Action: Are you curious about how artists turn raw materials into amazing works of art? At Arts in Action, artists will perform live demonstrations of their art-making process in the Town Square.   Fine Arts Avenue: What happens when you take simple, inexpensive materials and add inspiration and talent? You get Fine Arts Avenue where more than 25 of the region’s finest artists will be …

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Love is in the air and alley

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What better way to experience the vibrancy of Downtown Grand Forks than at an event created especially for that purpose? Alley Alive is a celebration of Downtown culture focused on homegrown music, art and culinary creations.  Like the name states, it all takes place in one of our most unique locations: the Kim Holmes Alley of Love!   Grand Forks is hosting its first 2016 Alley Alive, May 6, from 5 to 11 p.m.  Attendees will find vendor displays focused on artwork in a variety of mediums, family friendly stations, multiple stages of live music, food trucks, plus much more.  And as an added bonus, this hip happening is FREE and open to the public!   Message, tweet, text and/or call all your family and friends now…then journey to the alleys and parks along Third and Fourth Streets this Friday!  Since it’s an all-ages event, there will be some type of fun for everyone.  More details and updates may be found on the Alley Alive Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/alleyalive/.  

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