Arts Festival to Be Held in Ft. Ransom

The autumn-colored trees that speckle the town of Fort Ransom and line the nearby Sheyenne River should make the perfect backdrop for this weekend’s events.

The Sheyenne Valley Arts and Crafts Association’s 45th annual arts and crafts festival on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival will display unique, handmade artwork and craftwork from local and regional artists along with over 150 vendors, entertainment and food set up throughout the scenic town.

Gates open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a $2 admission charge.

Vicki Busta, coordinator of the show, said the festival will feature a wide variety of art, such as oil paintings, jewelry and pottery.

They’ll also have unique demonstrations including a glasswork artist from Gwinner and an artist from Grand Forks Museum of Art who will demonstrate his ability to make art out of clay.

Busta said the entertainment will include music from the Maasjo Sisters and face painting by Thomas Face Painting of Fargo.

The Maasjo Sisters, Sandy Maasjo, Shirley Buttke and Carol Thibeault, from the Valley City and Fingal area, started performing together after high school as an experiment that worked out well for them.

Since that time, the sisters sang as a trio for various church events, weddings, anniversaries, funerals, community events, outdoor mini concerts, talent competitions and shows.

Thomas Face Painting is owned and operated by former Valley City resident Thomas Huus. He does unique face painting and airbrush tattoos and also owns an entertainment business.

Culinary art will not be forgotten about during this show. There will be a food court in Stiklestad Park along with vendors who sell homemade jellies, jams and sauces.

The Standing Rock Lutheran Church in Fort Ransom will host its fall bazaar Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with a meatball dinner following.
A community club turkey barbecue is planned for noon on Sunday at the firehall in downtown Fort Ransom.

SVACA is a local non-profit organization that encourages and promotes cultural activities in surrounding areas.

The association consists of 19 elected board members who serve three-year terms as directors or two-year terms as officers. The group sponsors other events and opportunities for artists and craftspersons throughout the year.

A co-op store, where vendors sell arts, crafts, antiques and other interesting items, is open throughout the summer months and just closed for the season.