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As we track our progress on the calendar through February, here at the CVB we are getting ready for our first annual event that takes place every March: the Williston Sport & Recreation Show on March 20-22.

Although it offers what you might expect from any other sport and recreation show, such as boat and camper vendors, concessions and vendor booths, in Williston our sport show is much more than just a sales pitch. For us, it’s an affirmation much stronger than any groundhog activity that spring is, indeed, on its way. It’s a chance to drag ourselves out of the house on the weekend, instead of sitting in the living room watching movies and eating soup while the wind howls outside.

The show is held annually at the Raymond Family Community Center. Large vendors, such as Magic City Harley Davidson and Swenson RV, are displayed on the ground floor while small vendors have a chance to spread out and be seen upstairs. A stage is set up on the second floor, hosting seminars throughout the weekend by fishing legend Chip Leer (, Jeremy Elbert of Wildlife Pursuit (, Wild Things Safari, 100X Retrievers and Black Hills Raptor Center with live demonstrations of North American birds of prey.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Kid Zone will be open with activities your children will enjoy, such as face painting, trying their hand at shooting a bow down archery alley, and checking out artifacts from our natural world in North Dakota such as fur and claw samples. Upstairs, try your hand at the giant R/C racetrack to see if you can beat your kids around the track and then grab a bag of piping hot mini donuts or popcorn to curb your appetite until supper.

You can even feel great about the few dollars it costs you for admission: the Williston Sport & Recreation Show is a fundraiser for the Williston Police Association while any additional funds raised are used each year for a community project or event. If you have questions about the show, feel free to get in touch with us at 701-774-9041 or stop by and see us at 212 Airport Road, in Williston. You can also post a question to the event's Facebook page, here.