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Long X Trading Post Summer Event Set For June 20


New educational exhibits have recently been added to the basement of the Long X Visitor's Center in Watford City.

Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, at Long X Trading Post 2nd Ave SW, Watford City, there will be a Welcome to Summer Open House. At the event, there will be many opportunities for all ages to get out and have some fun. 

With many events being canceled due to COVID-19, the Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County, McKenzie County Tourism, and the Long X Bottle Shop wanted to provide some summertime fun for the whole community to partake in. 

The Long X Art Foundation will be doing children activities at the play park, the Long X Bottle Shop will have a motocross display and autographing in addition to having company vendors and samples. The Watford City Lions Club will be serving their famous $5 burgers at Centennial Park.

"So many things have been canceled due to COVID-19, and we are hoping that this event will bring everyone together in a safe and fun way - while still implementing COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, "said Pioneer Museum director, Jan Dodge. 

The Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County has recently been renovated as of this past winter. The museum's lower level has been completely remodeled, as there is now an updated McKenzie County Economic Development Exhibit, a new Oil History Room, and digital displays/exhibits that elaborate on the economic development in McKenzie County. 

"I am really excited to share what we have done as far as renovation this past winter. We have new displays that tell our story about economic development in our county. We have a three-prong realization that talks about ranching and farming and how these are the first non-native economic development in McKenzie County. We want to share with people the force of agriculture in North Dakota. We have storyboards that talk about how important farming and ranching is to the people that live in McKenzie County," explained Dodge.

The Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County has also built a timeline that runs from the early 1800s all the way to 2020. "We have some graphs that talk about population growth - so you can visually see where we were then and where we are today. There is one graph that shows the growth of the county budget and the growth of school enrollment. There are also visuals and digital e-posters that will help people understand and visualize the growth of McKenzie County. We hope that everyone can come and learn about us, especially the new pioneers of McKenzie County," said Dodge. 

In addition to providing information on McKenzie County, the Pioneer Museum will be serving free root beer floats throughout the day to celebrate National Ice Cream and Soda Day.  

The Welcome to Summer event is sponsored by the Long X Trading Post Pioneer Museum, McKenzie County Tourism, and the Long X Bottle Shop. Dodge added, "All of us working together to throw something out there for people to enjoy and to welcome summer. We are looking forward to do some fun things!"

People wishing to attend are encouraged to park uptown to explore all the reopened Main Street businesses. For more information on McKenzie County Tourism and the Long X Trading Post Summer Open House, you can visit the new tourism site at


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