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December 6, 2012

Record Breaking Attendance at Christmas on the Prairie at Bonanzaville

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WEST FARGO, ND- December 4th, 2012- This year, Bonanzaville’s Christmas on the Prairie event came back to life with record breaking attendance. Over 1,300 people attended the event on Saturday, Decem

Furnberg Store at Bonanzaville

The Furnberg Store at Bonanzaville Decorated for Christmas on the Prairie

ber 1st at Bonanzaville. The event included horse drawn wagon rides, Christmas carolers,  cookie decorating, Christmas crafts, an ugly sweater competition, vendors, demonstrators, photos with Santa Claus, and more.

“We couldn’t be happier with the outcome at this year’s event! As we continue to grow next year, we are looking forward to offering more programming, bringing out more volunteers, and increasing the number of businesses participating in our Village Decorating Competition,” explained Julie Portillo, the Sales and Marketing Coordinator at Bonanzaville, about next year’s event scheduled for December 7th, 2013.

If you weren’t able to make it out to Bonanzaville in West Fargo for Christmas on the Prairie, you can still enjoy the decorated village during their drive-through holiday lights tours every Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 8pm through December 22nd. The cost is only $3 per car or $5 for limousines and buses.

Bonanzaville is a pioneer village and museum operated by the Cass County Historical Society, with a mission to collect, display and interpret artifacts relevant to the history and cultural heritage of the Red River Valley. It is the region’s largest historical attraction with 43 historic buildings, and more than 400,000 artifacts.

For more information on Bonanzaville and any upcoming events, to volunteer, or to plan a special event on site, please contact Julie Portillo at (701)282-2822 or at


December 1, 2012

Christmas on the Prairie at Bonanzaville

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Christmas on the Prairie is coming up at Bonanzaville!

December 1st, 2012 from 1pm-7pm

Our annual celebration of Christmas tradition.Vote for your favorite organization for our village decorating competition! We also have horse drawn wagon rides all day long! Compete in one of our competitions and receive free admission to the event.
Always Warm Winter Wonderland- Dawson Hall, Sponsored by the Fargo Moorhead CVB- Apple Cider and Hot Chocolate, Cookie Decorating, Children’s Crafts, Christmas Storytelling, Various Musical Performances
105.1 FM Santaland- Conference Room- Photos With Santa, Demonstrations in Santa’s Workshop, Phone Calls to the North Pole
Mrs. Claus Kitchen- Event Center- Various Craft and Dessert Vendors, Competition Displays
Go to our website at for the full schedule of events!


October 2, 2012

Upcoming Events at Bonanzaville in West Fargo

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Grand Opening of the new Lucien C. Barnes Pavilion

October 25, 2012 from 2pm-6pm

Ribbon cutting ceremony at 2pm followed by an open house with snacks and refreshments provided. Tour the new event center, conference room, and get a sneak peek of the NEW museum space. Tour the village for FREE while you stop by to see our new addition!

Christmas on the Prairie

December 1st, 2012 from 1pm-7pm

Enjoy a celebration of Christmas tradition! Come see our beautifully decorated village and decorate cookies, listen to Christmas carolers, ride on a horse drawn wagon, enjoy your favorite Christmas desserts and beverages, listen to Christmas Stories, watch old-fashioned demonstrators, and take photos with Santa. Admission is $3/person and children 6 and under are free.


December 8, 2011

Bonanzaville donates to Salvation Army

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Bonanzaville will donate and serve chili at the Salvation Army Monday, Dec. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The chili was purchased by Bonanzaville for Christmas on the Prairie. Approximately 20 gallons were left after the event.

“We had a great Christmas on the Prairie, but had a large amount of leftover chili. Staying with the Christmas spirit we thought the best thing to do is give to those in need,” Bonanzaville Executive Director Troy White said.

Along with donating the chili, Bonanzaville’s staff will serve the lunch time meal on Monday.

The Salvation Army and Bonanzaville want to remind the public the red kettle campaign is still in progress. They encourage shoppers to donate when they see a red kettle.

For more information contact Kira Gilbraith at 282-2822 or


November 23, 2011

Thankful at Thanksgiving

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 As Thanksgiving approaches us tomorrow, we would like to take a few minutes to share why we are thankful this year.

Great Season

We are thankful for the great season we had this year. Many patrons, both old and new, from near and far came to see us, giving us the opportunity to share our wonderful attraction.

Successful Events

We are thankful for the exciting events we held this year.  Pioneer Days was a huge success, with the echoing comment “this is becoming what it used to be.” We soon after found ourselves lucky enough to be hand down the Big Iron Craft show from the Red River Valley Fair. The vendors had three awesome days with us, and quickly became our friends and supporters.

Christmas on the Prairie is shaping up to our next big event of the year, and we are confident this will be an event to remember.

Amazing Supporters

We are thankful for all supporters we had throughout this year. From the donors supporting Pioneer Days, to the people of the community who helped us with the much needed completion of numerous projects, to the volunteers assisting at multiple events. There is no doubt in our minds we have some of the greatest supporters. 

Board Members

We are thankful for our Board Members who really stepped up during the absence of an Executive Director. They offered both guidance and support to the staff during a time of need.

New Director

We are thankful for our new Executive Director for taking on the challenge to bring Bonanzaville back to its glory. He is working hard to find the funds needed to complete the new museum, and continually presenting ideas to bring in new patrons.

Our Staff

We are thankful for the outstanding staff we have. Ask anyone of us and we will tell you, this staff is the best staff you could ask for. With such a small staff we are lucky to all get along, and be able to help each other in times of desperation.



Thank you for being a supporter of Bonanzaville. We hope you have a great Thanksgiving, and enjoy your time with friends, family and most importantly food 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Bonanzaville


November 11, 2011

Christmas on the Prairie

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