Throughout North Dakota, there are
quintessential experiences that planners
can consider including in their meeting
Following are many fun ideas, and
some educational, including museums
where attendees will learn about the state’s
heritage, a meal cooked on pitchforks, a
Scandinavian festival and an iconic prop
from the classic Coen Brothers film, Fargo.
A unique, and perhaps the most well-known, experience in Fargo is an outing to
visit a famous wood chipper.
“Straight from the set of Fargo, the 1996
Oscar-winning dark comedy, the wood
chipper resides in the Fargo-Moorhead
Visitors Center just waiting to be part of
your group photo,” said Mallari Ackerman,
director of sales for the Fargo-Moorhead
Movie buffs in the group will be thrilled,
as original scripts and other movie artifacts
adorn the walls, and Fargo memorabilia
(from both the movie and the city) is available for purchase.
“It’s a great start or end point for a group
tour,” Ackerman said.
The brewery scene is also a quintessen-
tial part of the Fargo area, which boasts
more breweries per capita than any city
within 400 miles (excluding Minneapolis).
Junkyard Brewing Co. in Fargo’s sister
city, Moorhead, sets up telescopes for
memorable evening outings.
“Your group can sit on the largest
brewery patio in the area, try a flight of
Junkyard’s craft beers and gaze into the
universe,” Ackerman said.
A four-season destination where winter
dominates several months of the year, Fargo embraces the cold rather than fearing it,
according to Ackerman.
“The F-M Curling Club teaches groups
how to curl in their arena, which has
hosted USA Curling tryouts,” she added.
“Groups can bond over who’s the best
sweeper or stone thrower, while experi-
encing the cold temperatures for which the
region is known.”
Fargo-Moorhead is also a longtime
supporter of local arts and offers a lineup
of community performances, including
large-scale theater productions, live music
and slam poetry nights.
The area’s most iconic stage, Bluestem
Amphitheater, hosts open-air concerts
throughout the summer.
“For groups, it’s the ideal outing—an
evening of entertainment with the sun
setting behind the wide arcs of the stage,”
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inspiring speakers and
delicious food to off-
session activities that
allow the group to get
better acquainted with the
Midwest PITCHFORK STEAK FONDUE, BISMARCK-MANDAN
North Dakota offers a slew of
BY CAROLYN BLACKBURN
STARGAZING AT JUNKYARD BREWING CO., MOORHEAD