Roughrider Fund Announces Recipients To Enhance Community Of Watford City

The Watford City Roughrider Fund is a one and a half cent city sales tax missioned with enhancing Watford City.

In recent history, the fund supported the construction and expansion of large community facilities including the McKenzie Health Medical Complex, the Rough Rider Center and the Watford City Municipal Airport.

Each year, the fund supports organizations that create vibrancy in our community through events and programming in and around Watford City. This year, the fund committed $ 100,000 to its Community Enhancement Grant program to support vibrancy efforts. At the February City Council meeting, the fund awarded $ 52,500 to the following organization for programming and events:

• Save the Maah Daah Hey to support volunteer efforts during the annual Big Push event

• Friday Night Lights to support school wide activity passes and student back packs

• Trap, Neuter, Rescue Foundation (AKA Angels Wish) to support operations

• Badlands Gymnastics to support the annual Blast In the Badlands youth gymnastics meet

• Long X Arts Foundation to support Wild West Days at the 2024 North Dakota Rodeo Associations Finals

• Long X Arts Foundation to support Art in the Park 2024 during Watford City's Homefest Celebration weekend

• Watford City Golf Club to support the Welcome Back Scramble, Money Mayhem Tournament, Couples Scramble and Superintendent's Challenge

• Bakken Classic Jr. Livestock Show to support its annual North Dakota Junior Point & Beyond the Ring sanctioned youth show

• Feed My Starving Children to support the Watford City Mobile Pack event

• McKenzie County Heritage Park and North Dakota Oil Museum to support youth programs such as Tator Tots, Teddy's Kids Camp, Dino Dig, Heritage Day, and monthly old fashion creative arts at Wintering Well

• Watford City Chamber of Commerce to support Homefest weekend activities

• Watford City Chamber of Commerce to support Ribfest

• Watford City Chamber of Commerce to support Fall & Winter events such as Trail of Treats, Turkey Bingo, and Parade of Lights

• Bakken Oil Rush Ministry to support the Bilingual Play Group

• Bakken Oil Rush Ministry to support the Annual School Supply Giveaway

• McKenzie County Tourism to support 2024 Main Street Summit downtown activities

• Watford City Park District to support the 2024 North Dakota Parks Association State Conference at the Rough Rider Center

• Watford City Park District to support the 2024 12 U Cal Ripken Baseball Tournament

• Arnegard Park Board to support Spudfest

The program has an additional $ 47,500 available for 2024 events and programs in McKenzie County that support community vibrancy. Please find the application here:

The Roughrider Fund committee and city council thank all community members for shopping local. Your support of local businesses generates the sales tax dollars that in turn support the great organizations in our community whose programs and events make Watford City a vibrant and exciting community to live in. The committee also encourages community members to check out to always know what opportunities for events and programming are being offered.


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