Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fargo, Here I Come!

Last week, Fargo was hit by an early snow storm bringing 4 inches of snow! I'm scheduled to run a 10k race in Fargo with my sister-in-law, Kim, and I'm hoping it doesn't look like the picture above!

So, in the meantime, I'll leave you with some fun facts about my 46th state!

1. The town of Rugby is the geographical center of North America. A rock obelisk about 15 feet tall, flanked by poles flying the United States and Canadian flags marks the location.

2. Milk is the official state beverage. I think I might have to have a glass before I leave!

3. This name Roughrider State originated in a state-supported tourism promotion of the 1960s and 70s. It refers to the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry that Theodore Roosevelt organized to fight in the Spanish-American War.

4. North Dakota grows more sunflowers than any other state.

5. Lawrence Welk left his home in Strasburg on his birthday in 1924 to pursue his musical career. On July 2, 1955, he made his debut on national television. The Lawrence Welk Show was produced for 26 years and today reruns of the popular program air weekly throughout the United States and foreign countries.

6. Kenmare is the Goose Capital of North Dakota. Kenmare is the hunting haven of the north with an annual snow goose count being over 400,000 birds.

7. Flickertail refers to the Richardson ground squirrels which are abundant in North Dakota. The animal flicks or jerks its tail in a characteristic manner while running or just before entering its burrow.

I'll only be in Fargo for 24 hours and tackling a 10k. A short trip for a short race!

1 comment:

  1. My high school mascot was the Rough Riders, don't'cha know. Oh yeah, and one more thing. Why doesn't that obelisk also fly the Mexican flag, eh? They're North Americans too. Have fun and study your Frances McDormand before you go. Cheers!