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Appreciating our visitors

 - by julie

Grand Forks is set to kick off National Travel & Tourism Week by celebrating the importance of natural, cultural and historic wonders and how they draw visitors to cities and towns across the nation.  During May 5-13, tourism related industries will join together to highlight the valuable role tourism plays in contributing to vibrant communities as great places to visit and live.


In an effort to show our appreciation to visitors and local residents and emphasize the importance of the tourism industry, the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away a prize each day during the week.  These prizes will help us illustrate the many wonderful offerings available in our Grand Cities.  All you need to do to register for the simply grand giveaways (listed below), is click on this link and complete the short form.


  • May 5 – One 2lb. box of Chipper’s from Grand Forks’ own Widman’s Candy Store
  • May 6 – Greater Grand Forks gift basket
  • May 7 – Two World of Outlaw passes sponsored by River Cities Speedway
  • May 8 – Two North Dakota Museum of Art Summer Concerts in the Garden season passes (sponsored by ND Museum of Art)
  • May 9 – Two 2012 Art & Wine Walk season passes
  • May 10 – Round of golf for four along with two cart rentals at Valley Golf Course
  • May 11 – Picnic backpack for four along with blanket and three $25 gift cards for L&M Meats, Dakota Harvest Bakers and Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops.
  • May 12 – Blues on the Red gift package with one night’s lodging on Saturday, August 25, during “Ladies Sing the Blues”, $50 gift card at Rhombus Guys Pizza and two Blues on the Red t-shirts
  • May 13 – Tandem bicycle with “no pressure” seats, basket and bell for those long leisure rides on the Greenway


“This is an important week for those of us who work in tourism, and the Greater Grand Forks Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to be a part of this industry,” said Julie Rygg, CVB Executive Director.  “It is our hope these fabulous prizes will show our appreciation to our visitors and provide a taste of all the great things to do in Greater Grand Forks.”


For information on local and regional tourism opportunities, please contact the Visitor Center (800.866.4566 / info@visitgrandforks.com) and a travel professional will assist you.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter and see other travel reviews on TripAdvisor.  With a little research and a spirit of exploration, you’ll be able to discover treasures right outside your door!

Start your engines!

 - by julie

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.  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.  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.  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.  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.  The Canadian presence has actually grown so much that the Speedway has a special section dubbed “Little Canada”.  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.  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.  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.  For more information, call 701.780.0999 or visit the River Cities Speedway online or on Facebook. Read this article »