North Dakota Chokecherry Festival

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August 7th, 2020 - August 8th, 2020

Fourteen years ago, a group of Williston sixth-graders, later dubbed the "Chokecherry Kids," were assigned to construct a persuasive letter as a writing exercise. Their letter to North Dakota lawmakers proposing the chokecherry as our state fruit was so persuasive, it inspired legislation that did just that! The first North Dakota Chokecherry Festival was held in Williston in 2007 as a celebration of the accomplishments of youth, community and our new state fruit. Our Chokecherry Kids are young adults now, but their legacy continues to grow as we anticipate the 12th Annual North Dakota Chokecherry Festival August 7-8, 2020, in Harmon Park. This festival has grown into a wonderful, family-friendly event.

On Friday, the fun kicks off with Nemont's 1000 Burger Feed and live music on the outdoor stage. Come browse vendors in the park and return for a late night movie under the stars. On Saturday, meet our festival mascot, Chokecherry Charlie, try a chokecherry, enter the pit spitting contest, catch a ride on the Chokecherry Express train, have your face painted and other fun activities. A free pancake breakfast with chokecherry syrup is available first thing in the morning, and you can also join the Chokecherry 5k fun run. On Saturday, you will enjoy a variety of live entertainment, food and craft vendors. Another festival favorite returns this year in Ultimate Air Dogs. We encourage the public to bring their water-loving, people-friendly canine companions to participate at the festival this year. All sizes, breeds and ages are welcome, as long as they can swim! Festival guests also enjoy watching Bear Hollow Wood Carvers create art in Harmon Park with  chainsaws on Saturday. Some pieces will be available by silent auction; others will remain in the park as public art.

Friday 4:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
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  • Fairs & Festivals
  • Family-Friendly