Sept 1 Downtown Bismarck News

43 Years of the Street Fair

June Thompson (Sioux’s Sporting Goods) was once referred to as the ‘Mother of the Downtown Street Fair’ by a former Executive Director of the Downtowners.  June was heavily involved in the creation of the Downtowners Association at a time when anchor stores were leaving the Downtown business districts.  Those weren’t the best years for Downtowns across the country.  Street Fair was created to bring people into the historic Downtown, putting eyes back on the local businesses in the city center.  43 years later, the Downtowners Street Fair continues to be the largest event our non-profit association organizes, crowds pack Downtown Bismarck for two days.  Numerous local non-profits, service groups, booster clubs, and community groups use the Street Fair as an important fundraiser to boost their organizations throughout the year. Join us for another year of celebrating this fabulous community event Sept 16-17 in Downtown Bismarck.  Celebrate the local groups, makers, food vendors and activities during the event!  June’s legacy and the hard work of so many throughout the years have made Street Fair a can’t miss event, Bismarck’s biggest reunion! (Picture: June Thompson on the Right)

Association News

Main Ave Road Diet Member Survey!
Reminder: Today (Sept 1) is the last day for Downtowners members to fill out our Main Ave Road Diet Survey.  Please take a few minutes to answer our short survey.  Remember, one submission per member business (you’re answering for your business as a whole). Much appreciated!

Member Bismarck State College will be hosting the Fall Job Fair on Thursday, September 29 from 4pm-6:30pm at the National Energy Center of Excellence in the Bavendick Stateroom on the BSC Campus. All job seekers are encouraged to attend: Students, Military, Veterans and General Public. Cost to reserve a booth is $150 and includes one 6 ft. table and two chairs. Space is limited. Deadline is September 15.
For more information, contact Kate Millner at 701-224-5666 or

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Downtown News

North Dakota Humanities Council createdGameChanger, an annual ideas festival focused on a major event or issue significantly changing the face of our world.  This year’s focus is titled the Pulitzer Prize Edition and will focus on Pulitzer Prize winning works and authors, Saturday September 24 at Legacy High School. Advanced tickets are limited. Tickets may be purchased online or at 428 E Broadway, Suite 8. For more information visit,