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North Dakota Picnic in Arizona!

Almost every year, for over 50 years, thousands of North Dakotans have gathered in Mesa, AZ, for the North Dakota Picnic in early March.  It’s a fun event for friends and former neighbors who enjoy Arizona sunshine but still call North Dakota “home”. 

Between 2,500 and 3,000 people attended the 2020 ND Picnic, held on March 1st.  Hosted by the North Dakota Community Foundation, the event included entertainment (polka music by Vic Schwahn, a magic show by Bill Sorenson, and music by Bismarck native singer/songwriter Will Dakota), classic cars on display, and numerous vendor booths.  The real draw, however, is finding old friends and former neighbors in the crowd.

Check out the photos below from the 2020 Picnic.  And join us in 2022 for another great gathering!

2022 ND Picnic in AZ
Sunday, March 6, 2022
10 am - 2:30 pm
Red Mountain Park in Mesa, AZ

Cost:  A $5 per person registration fee is requested, to help defray the costs of hosting the picnic.

Follow the ND Picnic in AZ on Facebook for updates and to connect with friends before the event!

If you have any questions or would like more information about being a sponsor or vendor at this event, contact Deb at 701-222-8349 or at  

Thank You to our 2020 Picnic Sponsors!

Prairie Rose Sponsors:


Roughrider Sponsors:


Pioneer Sponsors:

Legacy Financial Partners - Ameriprise
Bell Bank and Mortgage
Epic Companies
The Dakota Kids Realty
Pifer's Auction & Realty
Johnson Auction & Realty

Food Vendors:

Tom's BBQ
D&J Concessions (Chef Louie)
Traveling Cup Coffee
I Scream Sandwich Co.