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As North Dakota celebrates its 125th birthday this year, many of the small towns that have helped shape the state are celebrating 100 years. Small town festivals are a summer tradition in North Dakota, and Parshall, Halliday and Watford City are rolling out the red carpets welcoming people to join their celebrations. Enjoy a variety of festivals throughout the state as we head toward the big July Fourth weekend. To find more information about these activities and for a complete list of events, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

Centennials and Celebrations
Communities, many celebrating 100 years this summer, invite everyone to join in the festivities:

Mayville Portland SummerFest: June 19-22, www.mayvilleportland.com; 701-430-3180
Parshall Centennial: June 19-22, www.parshallnd.com/centennial_13.html
Halliday Centennial: June 20.
Watford City Centennial: June 25-29, www.watfordcitycentennial.com
Grafton SummerFest: June 26-29, 701-352-0781

Wine Walks
Take a leisurely stroll downtown with friends and relax with a sampling of wine from area businesses.

Grafton Wine Walk: June 19, www.graftonevents.com; 701-352-0781.
Grand Forks Art and Wine Walk: June 21, 701-746-0444
Minot Hot Summer Night Wine Walk: June 28, www.visitminot.org; 701-857-8206

Lostwood Birding Festival
June 20
Expert-guided birding tours and prairie wildflower walks. Lostwood NWR is a Globally Important Birding Area providing essential habitat for Sprague's pipit, Baird's sparrow, and the piping plover. www.burkecountynd.com/Birdingfestival/; 701-848-2722

Highway 21 Treasure Hunt
Highway 21
June 20-21 
Discover one-of-a-kind finds at approximately 100 rummage sales along 100 miles of Highway 21, including the communities of Flasher, Carson, Elgin, New Leipzig, Mott, Regent and New England. www.newleipzig.com; 701-584-2172

Bike the Border
June 20-22
Three-day, fully supported bicycle tour out of host city Velva. From beginner cyclist to pro, this ride is a challenge to get out and enjoy the company of fellow cyclists, and see a corner of North Dakota from the seat of your bike. biketheborder.com; 701-596-3539

RM Stoudt Off-Road Festival - XTERRA
June 20-22 
Off-Road Festival is a three-day event with various competitions for participants to choose from including swimming, mountain bike racing and running. XTERRA Pipestem Creek was the top-rated XTERRA America Tour race for the 2012 season. pipestemxterra.com; 701-251-9145

Knap In
Knife River Indian Villages, Stanton
June 21
Join flint knappers as they demonstrate their skills in creating arrowheads, knives and other tools. www.nps.gov/knri; 701-745-3300

Svold’s ATV Fun Run
June 21
A beautiful, scenic ride through the Pembina Valley starting at the historic location of Svold. 701-257-6555 or 701-360-4267

END-WET: Extreme North Dakota Watersports Endurance Test
Grand Forks
June 21
Down-river swim ultra-marathon (36 miles) where solo or relay swimmers travel from rural North Dakota into East Grand Forks, Minn., on the mighty Red River of the North. The course is one of the longest swims in the country. endracing.com/end-wet; 701-330-0709

Town Square Farmers Market
Grand Forks
June 21
Every Saturday Town Square is filled with a variety of vendors selling everything from fresh produce and homemade baked goods to handmade crafts and jewelry. There is live entertainment and food concessions. www.tsfarmersmarket.com/; 218-779-1382

Fort Seward Wagon Train
June 22-28
An authentic week-long family wagon train trek across North Dakota prairies is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Relive the late 1800s on the Fort Seward Wagon Train that takes you back in time to the pioneer days. covered-wagon-train.com; 701-424-3744

Roughrider Days Fair and Expo
June 23-July 4
PRCA rodeo, single steer roping, parade, demolition derby, concert, 5-K and 10-K runs, livestock shows, stock car races, arts roundup, carnival and - of course - a fireworks display. roughriderdaysfair.com; 701-483-7721 or 800-279-7391

Public Fossil Dig: Pembina Gorge
June 23-29
An excavation will be conducted at this site where fossils of mosasaurs (giant sea lizards), birds, fish, and squids have been recovered in past years. 701-549-2707

Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce Walleye Tournament
Devils Lake
June 27-29
The longest-running fishing tournament in North Dakota, this annual event has 250 two-person teams. www.devilslakend.com; 701-662-4903 or 800-233-8048

Sam McQuade Sr. / Budweiser Charity Softball Tournament
June 27-29
The USA’s largest non-profit, one-weekend slowpitch softball tournament brings together players, families and fans from all across the country. www.mcquades.com; 701-223-6850

Blues on the Red
Grand Forks
June 28
An evening of great blues music in the heart of beautiful downtown Grand Forks. Top musicians from around the country provide free entertainment, while vendors sell pizza, burgers and barbecue. www.visitgrandforks.com; 701-746-0444

Fort Stevenson Frontier Military Days
June 28-29
Experience the Dakota Territory living history military encampment with demonstrations and maneuvers of 1860s frontier military life. Participate in skills and crafts of the Indian Wars period. www.parkrec.nd.gov; 701-337-5576

Great American Backyard Campout
Lake Metigoshe State Park
June 28
An opportunity for everyone to re-live or experience for the first time how much fun it is to spend a night sleeping under the stars and enjoying the sounds of nature. www.parkrec.nd.gov; 701-263-4651

Rhubarb Festival
June 29
Rhubarb desserts, rhubarb pies, rhubarb punch for sampling. Burgers and hot dogs until they are gone. prairievillagemuseum.com; 701-776-6414

These are just a few of North Dakota’s activities and events taking place in late June. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.

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