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  • Bakken Rocks CookFest Gearing Up for Alexander and South HeartJune 30, 2015

    Final preparations are being made for the 7th Annual Bakken Rocks CookFest in this year’s host communities. The anticipated event, which includes a free barbecue, Bakken Basics information sessions, informational booths and live entertainment will be held July 14 in Alexander and July 16 in South Heart. This year’s events will include music by Jessie Veeder with Lonesome Willy in Alexander and Nashville-recording artist and North Dakota’s own Quintana Biffert in South Heart.

     

    “This event remains a favorite among our companies and a favorite among the communities in the west,” says Tessa Sandstrom, communications manager for the North Dakota Petroleum Council and organizer for the events. “This year is especially important to our members. With the drop in prices and slowdown in activity, we want to tell and show residents that we are still here and dedicated to our communities.”

     

    More than 35 companies are slated to participate between the two events. Organizations and companies will be present to help answer questions on pipelines, royalties, careers, drilling and production and much more. There will also be games and activities for kids, and families are encouraged to attend. All activities are free and open to the public.

     

    The well-attended event typically draws between 1,000 and 1,500 people to each venue each year from surrounding communities and counties.

     

    “We get requests from communities years in advance to host CookFest in their towns because it’s such a fun event and atmosphere,” said Sandstrom. “We encourage anyone who wants to learn more about the industry or wants to visit with some of the companies operating in their towns – or who simply wants some great food – to visit us in Alexander and South Heart this year.”

     

    Details about the even are:

     

    Alexander CookFest – July 14, 2015

    (All times Central)

     

    2:30-4:30 p.m.:          Bakken Basics Information Session

    Alexander High School Gymnasium, 601 Delaney St

    Featuring:

    • Ron Ness, North Dakota Petroleum Council
    • Kathy Neset, Neset Consulting Service
    • Justin Kringstad, North Dakota Pipeline Authority
    • Alison Ritter, North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources

     

    4-7 p.m.:                      BBQ, Education Tables, & performance by Jessie Veeder and Lonesome Willy

    Danish Mill Square, Downtown Kenmare

     

    7 p.m.                           Award presentation to Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice Cook Teams

     

     

                                   

    South Heart CookFest – July 16, 2015

    (All times Mountain)

     

    2:30-4:30 p.m.:          Bakken Basics Information Session

    South Heart School Gymnasium, 310 4th Street NW

    Featuring:

    • Ron Ness, North Dakota Petroleum Council
    • Kathy Neset, Neset Consulting Service
    • Justin Kringstad, North Dakota Pipeline Authority
    • Alison Ritter, North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources

     

    4-7 p.m.:                      BBQ, Education Tables, & live performance by Nashville recording artist and North Dakota’s own Quintana Biffert

    South Heart School Track & Field, 310 4th Street NW

     

    7 p.m.                           Award presentation to Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice Cook Teams

     

    For more information and a list of participating companies, visit energyofnorthdakota.com/cookfest.