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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, 2023
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 2023 Picnic Sponsors!

Prairie Rose Sponsors:


Roughrider Sponsors:



Pioneer Sponsors:

Legacy Financial Partners - Ameriprise
Bravera Bank
Epic Companies
Dakota Kids Realty
Pifer's Auction & Realty
Heartland Trust
Fargo Air Museum
Cloverdale Foods
Stine Seed Company
Missouri Slope Care Center
Hospice of the Red River Valley
Epic Events
North Point Financial Planners
Humanities North Dakota
GIANT Snacks
Alish Charley, Realtor/Nilda Hitchcock of Movement Mortgage
Premier Wealth Management
Kilbourne Group
Williston Basin Royalty Owners Association
Bank of North Dakota -  College Save

Food Vendors:

Tom's BBQ
D&J Concessions (Chef Louie)
Detroit Coney Cruiser
Chinoz Grill
MF Koffee
Becerra's Kitchen