North Star Classic Nov. 28-Dec. 2

TR Staff
Staff Writer

By Ellie Boese
North Dakota has a multitude of things that make it special, but the one at the center of it all is agriculture. Crop production and livestock create the fiber of North Dakota’s whole community, and Valley City gets to be a big part of that as host to the largest cattle show in the state.
The 19th-Annual North Star Classic event will return to Valley City Nov. 28-Dec. 2 at the North Dakota Winter Show Event Center. During this event, cattlemen and women have an opportunity not only to compete in individual and pen shows while showing their livestock, but also to talk shop with which other participants who have a deep understanding of agricultural livelihood and raising livestock. The show creates an easy place to share ideas, work on handling and showing skills, buy and/or sell livestock and build relationships.
The event begins on Wednesday, Nov. 28, with the North Star Classic Kick-off Ranch Rodeo at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Arena. The following day, Thursday, Nov. 29 will see an evening Dinner Show at the Eagles Club, featuring Church of Cash, a band who travels and performs music honoring the legacy of Johnny Cash. Dinner begins at 6:30 and the show starts at 7 p.m. (must be 21+ to attend). You can grab your tickets by calling the NDWS Office at 701-845-1401 or 800-437-0218.
On Friday, open shows begin at 8 a.m. in the Main Arena and Main Arena 2. At 3 p.m., Ron Zimprich, of Fargo, will be recognized in the Main Arena as this year’s Livestock Honoree for his involvement in the present and future of farming and ranching.
NDWS manager Kelcey Hoffmann thinks highly about this year’s Honoree. “Ron has been instrumental in the success of the North Star Classic Judging Contest, 4-H/FFA State Livestock Judging Contest, and multiple other events housed at the North Dakota Winter Show Event Center.” She also notes that Ron has been dedicated to the livestock industry for many years and has put a lot of time and effort into the business.
Pen Show Bulls and Heifers weigh in at 4 p.m. on Friday, and the evening closes with the Cattlemen’s Ball and Sale at the Eagles Club, 7:30 p.m., an event where attendees share supper and get a chance to win one of the multiple raffle items and six cash prizes. The sale includes a variety of consignors offering 2018 heifers, a guided spear fishing trip, front row Bison Football tickets, rodeo packages, and a 7-day guided safari hunt to South Africa, among others.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, events will include morning judging and fitting clinics, as well as 10 a.m. pen shows followed by the Supreme Pen of 3 selections. In the afternoon, the Main Arena will host the “Fairest of Them All” show 12 p.m., and the Frontier Arena will host an Angus Sale, Hereford Sale, and Club Calf/AOB Sale at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m., respectively. Jr. Market Steers and Heifers weigh in at 4:30 and the Junior Showmanship event follows at 5:30 in the Main Arena.
Sunday, Dec. 2 is dedicated entirely to Junior Shows, giving some time for the younger cattlemen to have time in the arena to improve their skills in fitting, livestock showing, and judging. All cattlemen and women get a chance to see the future of the industry in those participating at a younger age, and the younger ones can learn from what they see with more experienced showmen.
If you think you’ve missed your chance to enter, it turns out you still have time to register for three different events. The late entry and stalling deadlines are as follows: 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 for the Open Show; 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 for the “Fairest of Them All” show; and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 for the Junior Show & Showmanship event.
Hoffmann wishes to thank all the cattlemen and women who are going above and beyond to make the event special.
“We want to commend all the cattlemen that have committed different lots to not only the Cattlemen’s Ball on Friday, November 30th,” Hoffmann says, “but to the different breed sales on Saturday, December 1st.”
Those lots are something participants and attendees will want to check out, Hoffmann says: “Please take the time to look over these lots listed in the catalog as you will not be disappointed.”
Hoffmann credits those who have supported the organization over the years, which has ultimately made The North Star Classic what it is now.
“We would like to thank everyone that has helped make this the largest cattle show in North Dakota. We appreciate your support and invite you to join us this year.” The NDWS board and staff also voices their appreciation to those on the Livestock & Sale Committee, volunteers who bring in judges, consignors, and take care of setup.
For more information about this great North Dakota get-together, call 800-437-0218 or email