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Greg Gullickson, right, outreach biologist with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, visits with Neil Roberts, Minot, at the Conservation and Skills Park on the State Fairgrounds. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)
Greg Gullickson, right, outreach biologist with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, visits with Neil Roberts, Minot, at the Conservation and Skills Park on the State Fairgrounds. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)

Free Fair Fun

Kim Fundingsland
 July 27, 2022
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MINOT – It is a chance to be entertained, learn, participate -- all for free at the North Dakota State Fair.

“There’s fishing, archery, hunter education, a pellet gun range, Fur Takers exhibit, visit with a Game and Fish biologist. A lot of great things to do,” said Greg Gullickson, North Dakota Game and Fish outreach biologist. “We’re here every day of the fair, from one o’clock to seven o’clock.”

The fishing pier is always a popular place at the North Dakota State Fair. Game and Fish staff and volunteers assist anglers of all ages during each day of the State Fair. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)

Gullickson oversees the NDGF staff and volunteers at the Conservation and Skills Park located on the north side of the fairgrounds, east of the All-Seasons Arena. When the gate swings open each afternoon people are eager to enter the grounds, walking through displays, trying their luck on the fishing pier, engaging in a myriad of other activities, or simply enjoying a respite from the summer sun.

“Everything inside here is free,” said Gullickson. “One of our highlights is the shade, green grass, and picnic tables.”

Among the displays inside the Conservation and Skills Park is a pollinator plot, a collection of native North Dakota plants that provide excellent habitat for pollinating insects vital to prairie life.

“Our pollinator plot is a great example of some of our native species that really thrive with little or no attention paid to them,” explained Gullickson. “They are designed for North Dakota weather.”

The beauty and diversity of plants native to North Dakota can be seen in a pollinator plot at the Conservation and Skills Park on the State Fairgrounds. (Photo: Kim Fundingsland/The Dakotan)

The staff at the Conservation and Skills Park are a mixture of NDGF personnel and volunteers. Gullickson encourages anyone interested in lending a helping hand to visit with someone from Game and Fish.

“If you want to give back to the outdoors, consider becoming a volunteer for the Game and Fish Department,” said Gullickson.

kim.fundingsland@mydakotan.com

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