Craft Shows in Fort Ransom, North Dakota

by Keith Allen

The Sheyenne Valley Arts & Craft Fall Festival is held in Fort Ransom, North Dakota, each September. The show, in existence since 1967, draws as many as 200 vendors to the rural North Dakota community. Along with the arts and craft booths, the event features music and food, all set in the scenic Sheyenne River Valley.


The Sheyenne Valley Arts and Craft Association (SVACA) fall fair is held the last full weekend of September each year. This schedule is intended to coincide with colorful fall foliage on the trees along the Sheyenne River Valley. Actual timing of the foliage depends on the weather conditions each year. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.


Fort Ransom is located in southeastern North Dakota. The community is located along Walter Hjelle Parkway, which is also known as the Sheyenne National Scenic Byway. The arts and crafts show utilizes much of the town of 77 people, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Parking areas for the thousands who attend are on the edge of town along the community's baseball field. People movers, tractor-drawn wagons with seats, move people around the town to the various venues, including the downtown street, community center, park and churches.

At the Show

The show draws vendors and displays from all around the Upper Midwest. Most years about 200 vendors attend representing all types of arts and crafts as well as some flea market, antique and food vendors. The arts and crafts exhibitors can participate in the juried portion of the show. In addition, the community sponsors a turkey roast as part of the festival each year. Admission to the show, at time of publication, was $2 for adults, $1 for children between 6 and 14, with children under 6 free.

In the Area

Fort Ransom is located in the Sheyenne River Valley, which includes a number of other attractions. Fort Ransom State Park is located just outside the community. Admission to the park is a separate fee. The Fort Ransom Historic Site is also just outside the community. The site includes foundations and excavations from the 1870s military post at the location.