(Updated 10-25-23) ND Main Street Summit Coming to Watford City

(Updated 10-25-23): The Governor's Main Street Conference & Bluegrass Concert has been postponed due to weather. A new date has yet to be decided on. The cultural fair has also been rescheduled for November 8 from 4-7 pm at the Rough Rider Center.

(Original Story): Oct. 24 and 25 will see Watford City’s Main Street much busier than average, with Governor Burgum’s initiative focused on smart infrastructure, 21st century workforce, vibrancy, and economic diversification coming to town. The North Dakota Main Street Summit is a two-part event, with the first night focusing on displaying Watford City area businesses, culture, food, and entertainment Oct. 24. The next day, the Summit will begin with an opening address from Governor Burgum and followed by speakers and networking. “Innovative Workforce Solutions” is this year’s theme.

All parts of the Summit are free to the public. If planning on joining the Summit events, Kickoff Night not included, registration is required as spots are limited. The Artists on Main Street Cohort Meeting, Theodore Roosevelt National Park Guided Bus Tour, Ag & Energy Tour, Arts and Culture Walking Tour, Main Street Development Tour, Art Class, and End of the Rope movie showing take place Oct. 24 and all require pre-registration. These are add-ons to the Summit itself, along with the post-Summit community tour. Lunch will be provided at registration events. A link to register can be found at http://www.nd.gov/living-nd/main-street-nd/take-action/main-street-summit.

Tuesday evening from 4-7 p.m. in City Square, between Door 204 and Beaver Creek Kids, there will be a mechanical bull, hay rides, a photo op with a live longhorn steer, hot cocoa, food trucks and live music. There will be a free screening of the film recently produced in Watford City area, “End of the Rope” at 6:45.

The Summit will begin in earnest after registration 8 a.m. Oct. 25, at the Rough Rider Center, with a welcome from Miss Shannon Paul, emcee, and Watford City Mayor, Phil Riely. Governor Burgum will give the welcome address and be followed by seven sessions of speakers. There will be several breaks and opportunities to network. The Watford City High School 2nd annual Cultural Fair will take place after the Summit, also at the Rough Rider Center, and feature food, beverages, and dances from 25 different cultures. The cultures represented by the WCHS students will range from local North Dakota homesteaders all the way to Japan, Guatemala, Norway, Ghana, Mexico, Cuba, China, MHA Nation, the Pacific Islands, and many more!

Closing out the Summit event will be the Waddington Brothers and Seth Mulder & Midnight Run at 7 p.m. Both bands offer a bluegrass sound, with the Waddington brothers offering a more harmonic, gospel take, and Seth Mulder & Midnight Run a more energetic performance. A cash bar will be offered during the concert.

The Summit offers growth and education opportunities to the Watford City area and will showcase local businesses, students, cultures, history, and the beauty of the Teddy Roosevelt National Park. Be sure to pre-register and not miss this special event.


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