Skiers, snowmobilers, ice anglers take heart. Winter has arrived - so start playing. Downhill ski areas are open, cross-country ski and snowmobile trails are being prepped and northern pike are waiting just under the ice.
When all is said and done, North Dakota is packed with activity statewide during the month of January. Included among the happenings are:
Winter Ag Expo: Jan. 8-9, Jamestown Civic Center.
Get an early jump on all the latest ag-related technology with free seminars and new ideas at the agri-business booths. The event will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days in the Jamestown Civic Center. 701-252-1400
Pink Ribbon Riders ND Snow Run: Jan. 11-12, Bottineau.
Join in the fun at this two-day event open to both men and women. It includes a welcome party, door prizes, contests, snowmobile ride and awards banquet. www.pinkribbonriders.com.
SnowJam 2013: Jan. 19, Mapleton.
SnowJam, one of the area's premier snowmobile trail rides, will take place on the Cass County trail system. Hagge's Bar and Grill in Mapleton will serve as headquarters and feature live music that evening. The event also includes a vintage snowmobile display and ride, games and great prizes. www.snowjam.org.
Winter Wonderland 2013: Jan. 18, Bismarck.
Enjoy an out-of-this-world experience while learning about constellations, the solar system, stargazing and much more. The event will feature a portable planetarium set up for viewing constellations indoors and astronaut training exercises. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served. www.gatewaytoscience.org; 701-258-1975
KMOT Ag Expo and Livestock Show: Jan. 23-25, Minot.
Visit more than 360 exhibitors covering 950 booths at the largest indoor agricultural show in the Upper Midwest. Approximately 30,000 to 40,000 people have attended the annual show in recent years.www.kmot.com/Ag_Expo.asp; 701-852-5254
University of Mary Jazz Festival: Jan. 25-26, Bismarck.
Enjoy this non-competitive jazz festival featuring the best regional and national jazz musicians. The event includes a jazz concert Friday evening at the Bismarck Civic Center. www.umary.edu; 701-355-8015
Boat and Marine Show: Jan. 25-27, Fargodome.
Get an early look at some of the newest and most exciting watercraft for the coming year. Summer is around the corner and now is the time to add that new toy to the collection. www.fargoboatshow.com; 701-241-9100
Trinity Mardi Gras: Jan. 25-27, Dickinson.
Don't travel to New Orleans or wait until March to enjoy Mardi Gras. Trinity High School brings the party to Dickinson. For more than 45 years, Mardi Gras has offered great food, an extensive midway, entertainment and an auction. This is family entertainment at its best. 701-483-6092
Devils Lake Volunteer Ice Fishing Tournament: Jan. 26, Devils Lake.
It's time to sign up for one of the largest winter events in the region! Join the fun and also have a chance to win big prizes along with a raffle to benefit the Volunteer Fire Department. www.dlvfdicefishingtourney.com; 701-662-2147
Beyond BOW Workshop - DarkhouseSpearfishing: Jan. 26, Upper Souris Wildlife Refuge.
Drill a hole in the ice and try a whole new way of fishing in this Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop. Check out the gear, watch pike in their natural habitat and try out your new skills. All equipment is provided.www.gf.nd.gov/education/becoming-outdoors-woman; 701-328-6312
Key Ingredients: America By Food: Jan. 26-Feb. 25, Rugby.
This traveling Smithsonian exhibit explores the connections between Americans and the foods they produce, prepare, preserve and present at table - a provocative and thoughtful look at the historical, regional and social traditions that merge in everyday meals and celebrations. www.ndhumanities.org; 701-776-7655
For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663. Follow North Dakota Tourism on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TravelND or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NorthDakota and get tips on what to see and do all year long.