It has been an exciting first season in the Big Sky Conference for the University of North Dakota Football team! UND will host their final home game of the regular season this Saturday, November 3, at the Alerus Center. I definitely appreciate the opportunity to watch football indoors at the beginning of November in North Dakota!
The Convention & Visitors Bureau has been a proud sponsor of the Tailgating Village outside the Alerus Center for the last two seasons, and this year we designated a “Tailgater of the Game” at each home game with the winner(s) receiving prize packages valued at $250. This Saturday the “Tailgater of the Year” will be crowned from the pool of the past five winners. This recipient will receive a prize package valued at $500 along with bragging rights and a flag designating the title!
These high-spirited UND Football fans fill the Alerus Center parking lot hours before each game with food, festivities and fun. Here are the game winners and the entries for “Tailgater of the Year”:
August 30 – Al Pearson has been enjoying UND Football since 1961, and when he is tailgating he is decked out in UND gear and socializing with other fans of all ages!
September 8 – Erich Hatwig, from Hallock, MN, has been tailgating for the past four years. He does it because he loves socializing and meeting new people while showing his love of UND Football. This group was chosen as “Tailgater of the Game” due to their energy and friendlines.
September 29 – This group of 60 people headed up by Scott Kosmatka, Todd Anvinson, Chris Misialek, Orin Knutson and Dave Lind, brought a pick-up grill, which is a 1966 Chevy converted to a grill, which is under the hood. No matter what the temperature is outside, this group is here, and they support all UND athletics.
October 13 – Sandy Berg has been tailgating at the UND Homecoming Football for the past five years; driving all the way to Grand Forks from Georgia! They had 15 tailgaters with them and an airplane as part of their props! This group knows how to warm the hearts of UND fans!
October 20 – This team includes Kevin and Kathy Smith and Dana and Janel Hermes. They have been showing their UND spirit since 1999. They are parents of former players, and the excitement of UND Football has been keeping them coming back. They love UND Football so much they many times take the trailer to away games and have people join them and sign the inside of their trailer. At this game their group of 15 was feeding guest high school teams.
Will you be at Saturday’s game? Who do you think should win the honor of “Tailgater of the Year”?
This year marks the 47th Anniversary of a Greater Grand Forks tradition known as Potato Bowl USA. This week (September 3-8) will be full of entertaining events centered around our region’s most popular staple crop. There will be tons of great food including a potato pancake breakfast, baked potato bars and of course, the World’s Largest French Fry Feed. The festivities culminate on Saturday with a parade, tailgate party and Unviersity of North Dakota football game. Make sure to bring the whole family out to one of North Dakota’s best and tastiest celebrations guaranteed to be “spudtacular” fun for all!
Scheduled activities for the remainder of the week:
Wednesday, September 5
- Potato Chip Giveaway @ Columbia Mall
- Baked Potato Bar – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ all Hugo’s locations
- World’s Largest French Fry Feed (food/soda stands, inflatable games, French fry eating contest, live music, meet UND athletes) – 4:30 p.m. @ University Park
- Rydell Fireworks Display – Dusk @ UND Memorial Stadium
Friday, September 7
- Baked Potato Bar – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ all Hugo’s locations
- Sioux Booster Luncheon – 12 noon @ Alerus Center
- Hugo’s Potato Bowl 8K Run & Tater Tot Trot – 4 p.m. (registration) @ Riverside Park
- Potato Bowl Bash – 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. @ Big D’s Bar & Grill
- Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast – 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. @ Central High School
- Sons of Norway Potato Pancake Breakfast – 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. @ 1401 9th Avenue South, Grand Forks
- Jaycees Potato Bowl Parade – 10:30 a.m. on DeMers Avenue Downtown
- Tailgate Party – 2 to 6 p.m. @ Alerus Center parking lot
- UND Football Game vs Portland State – 6 p.m. @ Alerus Center
Further information, along with an entire schedule of events, may be found online.
Under the expert direction of head coach Brian Idalski, watch the University of North Dakota Women’s Hockey team this season as they skate, pass and shoot their way to victory. With several top players returning, including former Olympians Monique and Jocelyn Lamoureax, UND is sure to see playoff action again this season.
The University of North Dakota Men’s Hockey team, with veteran coach Dave Hakstol at the helm, is looking to repeat as WCHA champions. The whole crowd will jump to their feet after every goal and with future NHL stars like Danny Kristo, Corban Knight and Derek Forbot on the ice, you’ll be cheering nonstop.
Home ice advantage also means fans get to enjoy all the luxuries of the magnificent Ralph Engelstad Arena, including its granite floor concourses, plush leather seats, amazing sound system and state-of-the-art jumbo screens that highlight every second of the action. If a variety of delicious food and beverages is what you’re looking for, pay a visit to one of the many concession areas located throughout.
If you don’t want to miss out on all the fun, purchase tickets right now by going to fightingsioux.com.
October 15 & 16 (2:07 p.m.) vs. Vermont
October 21 & 22 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Ohio State
November 18 & 19 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Minnesota State
December 2 & 3 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Minnesota
December 10 & 11 (2:07 p.m.) vs. Minnesota Duluth
January 4 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Lindenwood
January 14 & 15 (2:07 p.m.) vs. Wisconsin
January 20 & 21 (7:07 p.m.) vs. St Cloud State
February 3 & 4 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Bemidji State
October 14 & 15 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Maine
October 28 & 29 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. St. Cloud State
November 25 & 26 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Colorado College
December 9 & 10 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Nebraska Omaha
December 17 (7:07 p.m.) vs. Russian Red Stars
December 30 & 31 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Harvard
January 13 & 14 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Minnesota
January 27 & 28 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Wisconsin
February 17 & 18 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Michigan Tech
March 2 & 3 (7:37 & 7:07 p.m.) vs. Minnesota State
This year marks the 46th Anniversary of a Greater Grand Forks tradition known as Potato Bowl USA. This week will be full of entertaining events centering on our region’s most popular staple crop. There will be tons of great food including potato pancake breakfasts, baked potato bars and, of course, the World’s Largest French Fry Feed. The festivities culminate on Saturday with a parade, tailgate party and University of North Dakota football game. Make sure to bring the whole family out to one of the North Dakota’s best and tastiest celebrations guaranteed to be spudtacular fun for all!
The Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is proud to be the presenting sponsor of UND Taigating, and you won’t want to miss your chance to win a package including two UND Football season tickets, two cooler chairs, $50 Alerus Center gift card, $50 Happy Harry’s gift card and $50 L&M Meats gift card.
Potato Bowl Highlights
Tuesday – Golf scramble, 12 p.m., Valley Golf Course
Wednesday – Potato Chip Giveaway, Columbia Mall
Thursday – Baked Potato Bar, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., all Hugo’s locations
Thursday – World’s Largest French Fry Feed with food/soda, live music, “Meet the Sioux”, inflatable games and French fry eating contest in University Park, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday – Rydell Fireworks Display, dusk, Memorial Stadium
Friday – Sioux Booster Luncheon, 12 p.m., Alerus Center
Friday – Baked Potato Bar, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., all Hugo’s locations
Friday – Hugo’s 8K Race & Tater Tot Trot, 6 and 6:30 p.m., Riverside Park
Saturday – Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast, 7:30-10:30 a.m., Central High School
Saturday – Sons of Norway Potato Pancake Breakfast, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 1401 9th Avenue South
Saturday – Jaycees Potato Bowl Parade, 10:30 a.m., DeMers Avenue in Downtown
Saturday – Tailgate Party presented by the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau, 2 p.m., Alerus Center
Saturday – UND Football Game vs. Black Hills State, 6 p.m., Alerus Center
Further information, along with an entire schedule of events and registration forms, may be found online.
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!
As the tailgating presenting sponsor, the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau is ready to get everyone revved up for the fast approaching University of North Dakota Football season by sponsoring the Simply Great Tailgate 2011 promotion and giveaway. Qualifying is easy. All you have to do is answer yes to both of the following questions.
1. Are you someone who would love to attend every UND Football home game?
2. Do you have a true appreciation for each of the five game day food groups: Chips & Dips; One-Pot Wonders; Chargrilled Meats; Deep Fried Delicacies and Liquid Concoctions?
If so, you are eligible to win one of two UND Football tailgating packages the Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away. Included in each package:
-Two 2011 season tickets
-Two UND sweatshirts
-$50 Alerus gift certficate toward any food and/or beverage purchase
-Two UND convertible cooler-chairs filled with an assortment of goodies
To enter the Simply Great Tailgate contest, all you need to do is “Like” the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau on Facebook or “Follow” @visitgrandforks on Twitter. If you already like and/or follow us, you are automatically registered! The drawings will occur Monday, August 29! The first home game is September 1!
It is once again that time of year when the community begins bustling with new and returning college students moving into dorms and apartments as they begin a new year at the University of North Dakota! It is definitely an exciting time as thousands come back to Greater Grand Forks!
The official move in date is Friday, August 19, and parents and families will be wearing “Proud of my UND student” buttons as they explore our city. We hope these families will be given a warm welcome to Greater Grand Forks. These students and families mean so much to our community!
There are a number of activites planned August 19-22 with classes starting on the 22nd. A complete schedule of events can be found online.
With the start of school the UND football season will be upon us! The Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau is honored to be the sponsor of tailgating at the Alerus Center, and we will be doing some season ticket package giveaways, so be on the lookout!