It has been a busy summer in the Grand Cities; school has started and the UND students have all moved back, and we are on the heels of a fabulous Grand Forks weekend with the first-ever Rollin’ on the River Inline Marathon (the Convention & Visitors Bureau was the presenting sponsor by the way) and a record breaking attendance for the last of the 2011 three-part music series, Blues on the Red. It may have some asking what do we do now? The answer is PLENTY! I am going to just give you a brief taste of some of the great events coming up (details and more events can be found on our Calendar of Events) in September:
-UND Football season opener vs. Drake September 1 at the Alerus Center (don’t miss tailgating, as the presenting sponsor, the Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away a great prize package)
-Outdoor Farmer’s Market in Town Square through September 24
-Choice Financial 10K Fun Run/Walk Setember 10
-Tour de Forks Bike Ride & Walk in Lincoln Drive Park on September 11
-AudioBody at the Chester Fritz on September 11
-Art & Wine in Downtown on September 17 (and October 15)
-4th Annual Fall Frolic Run in Riverside Park on September 17
-Potato Bowl Week (there will be a blog later highlighting activities) September 19-24
-UND Women’s Hockey vs. Manitoba September 23 & 24 at Ralph Engelstad Arena
-Grand Forks Women’s Show at the Alerus Center on October 1
In addition to checking our calendar (there is an RSS feed by the way), don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook and/or follow @visitgrandforks on Twitter. Not only do we provide the latest updates on things to do, but we have a number of contests with great prizes!
Have a fabulous Labor Day Weekend and a warm welcome to all our Canadian friends that will be visiting for Canadian Labour Day Weekend!
This is going to be a great week in the Grand Cities!Â I am looking forward to enjoying all that the town has to offer in the summer.Â This is just a sample of my plans for the week…
Tonight I have a meeting, but it won’t be without fun and great food, as it is taking place at the new restaurant, Jake’s.Â Since I have only been there once, I am really excited to check out some of their food especially the Red Pepper Lavosh.
On Tuesday I will grab the family and head over to the ND Museum of Art for the third installment of the 2011 Concerts in the Garden music series.Â The Boston-based band and critically acclaimed, David Wax Museum, will headline while local artist, Xavier Pastrano, will open the show at 6 p.m.Â Tickets are $5 in advance or $8 at the door, and there is great food including burgers and brats available in the museum’s garden.Â With a weather prediction of mostly sunny and 75 degrees what more could we need?
Since there is another good weather prediction for Wednesday, my husband and I plan to meet friends on the rooftop of Rhombus for what has been voted the people’s chocie for best pizza four years in a row in Grand Forks.
The kids of summer are back, and the Summer for Performing Arts (SPA) productions do not disappoint again this year!Â On Thursday, “All Together Now: A SPA Revue” will debut at the Empire Arts Center.Â It is so amazing to me the talent the kids and teachers in our community have.
I am staying in town this weekend, so I am going to have to check out the Friday Night Races at River Cities Speedway.Â Local fan favorite, Mark Dobmeier, is the son of one of my co-workers, so we need to get out and cheer him on.Â We will have friends visiting from Minneapolis who also want to see what the excitement is all about.
I am really looking forward to Saturday!Â It will be my first time this year to check out the Farmer’s Market.Â I just love going downtown Saturday mornings and walking around the market, listening to the entertainment and checking out some of the shops downtown.Â It should be a hot one on Saturday, but I am thinking we can ride our bikes on the Greenway in the morning to get downtown.
Saturday afternoon I will be at the second Art & Wine Walk of the year!Â I absolutely love this event!Â It is great to be downtown sampling wine and looking at all kinds of fabulous art!Â There isn’t anything much better than a day with wine and shopping!Â I also love the champagne reception at the Empire Arts Center.Â This week there will be entertainment in addition to the prizes, champagne and fruit and cheese!
While I may be a little tired by the time Sunday hits, I still want to get out and enjoy some summer activity.Â I think I may grab the family for another bike ride on the Greenway with a stop at Lincoln Drive Park for a picnic.Â Then I think we may hit the pool at Riverside or one of the splash parks at University Park or Elks Park.Â The kids will be in heaven!
Now I realize it is my job to promote Greater GrandForks, but I certainly couldn’t do that and enjoy it as much as I do without all these great options!
What are your plans for the week?Â Do you have a favorite spot to go?
Auto racing at the Grand Forks Speedway has been a part of our history since the late 1920’s, but in 1999 it gets taken to a whole nother level.Â Along with an innovative group of partners, including Wayne Anderson, Donny Mack, Linus Mack and Darren Evavold, came a new name and lots of great changes.
In recent years, huge investments and improvements have been made at River Cities Speedway.Â Just some of the changes include a new clay track, kitchen, sound system and grandstands, plus additional corporate suites, total refurbishment of the Speedway surroundings and a new focus on making racing a fun event for people of all ages.
On Friday nights, May through mid September, this 1/3-mile track is packed with Outlaw Sprints, Late Models, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks all vying for the checkered flag.Â A big drawing card is the fact that River Cities is the only speedway in the Midwest which races both Outlaw Sprints and Late Models weekly.Â In addition to River Cities’ Premier Racing Series, it also hosts four to six specials each year, including the World of Outlaw Sprints and World of Outlaw Late Model Races.
Throngs of devoted race fans from the U.S. and Canada continue to fill the stands, making River Cities one of the top racetracks in the upper Midwest.Â The Canadian presence has actually grown so much that the Speedway has a special section dubbed “Little Canada”.Â Weekly attendance is in the thousands and increases to as many as 6,500 when the World of Outlaws come to town.
Not only is a night at the Speedway full of nonstop action and thrills, it’s also affordable.Â Parking is free and tickets for the Premier Racing Series are just $16 for adults, $5 for kids 7 to 12 years and free for those 6 and under.Â Save $3 off an adult ticket by either picking up a Visitor Bargain Brochure at the Greater Grand Forks Visitor Center or purchasing your tickets in advance at Home of Economy, University Station, Gateway Cenex, StaMart, Tesoro East and El Roco.Â For more information, call 701.780.0999 or visit the River Cities Speedway online or on Facebook. Read this article »