Sunday, September 25, 2011

Trip to Fort Ransom

I've heard about the Sheyenne Valley Arts and Crafts Festival for years. This was finally the year the calendar was open, and I was able to travel to the festival and enjoy exploring it with friends.  

Every year the festival is held on the last weekend in September in charming Fort Ransom, North Dakota.

The tiny town is charming and scenic, located in  the Sheyenne River valley

While in Fort Ransom, one is constantly reminded of its Scandinavian roots, from the Viking at the top of the hill overlooking town

to the one atop the local grill.

There are Norwegian names

and expressions.

Today, looking back on my photos of the festival, I realize I was totally  taken with the quaint environment.  While inside the festival, I was so absorbed shopping the 200+ vendors, there was no thought of taking pictures!  The juried festival didn't disappoint, and I took home a few little treasures.

After walking the show, it was relaxing to hop on a shuttle with a friendly guide, 

and enjoy the beautiful scenic setting. Red patches of sumac on the hillside are an overture to the upcoming fall spectacle.


  1. Looks like a beautiful setting to go explore fiber!

  2. How fun! It had been 50 years since I had been in North Dakota when we visited in 2009. I was amazed at the changes in Minot - I no longer recognized it. Then again, 50 years is a very long time.

  3. Lovely pictures, Betty. Thanks for sharing!