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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”. 

An estimated 3,000 people attended the 2023 ND Picnic, held on March 5th.  Hosted by the North Dakota Community Foundation, the event included entertainment (polka music by Vic Schwahn, comedy by Bill Sorenson, and country/oldies music by Rick Senger), 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 previous ND Picnics.  And join us in 2024 for another great gathering!

2024 ND Picnic in AZ
Sunday, March 3, 2024
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.

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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 2024 Picnic Sponsors!

Prairie Rose Sponsors:


Roughrider Sponsors:



Pioneer Sponsors:

Legacy Financial Partners - Ameriprise
Epic Companies
Pifer's Auction & Realty
Cloverdale Foods
Stine Seed Company
State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation
Hospice of the Red River Valley
The Gaia Home
Premiere Wealth Advisors
YMCA of Clay and Cass Counties
Dragonfly Homes by Mindy
High Place Mortgage
Premier Wealth Management
Oak Grove Lutheran School
LaMesa RV
NDSCS Foundation
Project Bee

Food Vendors:

D&J Concessions (Chef Louie)
Detroit Coney Cruiser
Chinoz Grill
MF Koffee
Becerra's Kitchen
Ocholo's Hot Dog Cart
Taco Heads
Happy Times Kettle Corn/Lemonade