Tickets available for inaugural ND Stockmen’s Ball


Through its beef-related scholarship, leadership, research, promotion and building objectives, the North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation (NDSF) works to ensure a legacy for future generations of rural North Dakotans – people who embody the values of hard work, environmental stewardship and the American free-enterprise system and share a love for the beautiful, productive North Dakota landscape.

To support those values and the future of the beef industry, the NDSF is hosting the inaugural Stockmen’s Ball on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck, N.D. The Ball is open to anyone who is interested. The formal event will be a fun-filled night of western elegance, succulent prime rib and live music by Kyle Shobe and the Walk ‘Em Boys.

“In its first three years, the Foundation distributed nine collegiate scholarships and, with partners, more than $50,000 in disaster aid to those devastated by floods and blizzards,” said NDSF President and Medina, N.D., rancher Jason Schmidt. “The Stockmen’s Ball will give supporters a chance to support the beef industry and the people who make their living off the land.”

The event starts at 5 p.m. CT with entertainment and hors d’oeuvres, followed by supper, dancing and live and silent auctions. The five-piece country band, Kyle Shobe and the Walk ‘Em Boys, is based out of Lewistown, Mont., and has ties to North Dakota. In addition to playing music, each member is also an auctioneer. Kyle Shobe was the 2010 World Champion Livestock Auctioneer. The band’s musical influences include Ray Price, Charley Pride, Chris LeDoux and George Strait – a tip of the hat to the band’s ranching heritage.

“Young and old will enjoy the band’s versatility, which will provide dancers the opportunity to two-step, polka, waltz and jitterbug or simply take a front row seat and sing along,” added Schmidt.

Only advanced tickets will be sold. They are now available, per person or per table, by contacting the NDSF office at (701) 223-2522 or A block of rooms is reserved for the NDSF Stockmen’s Ball at the Ramkota Hotel for $89 plus tax until Dec. 1. A secondary block of rooms is reserved at the Expressway Suites in Bismarck.

Schmidt encourages all those with an interest in North Dakota’s legacy to start a tradition by attending the Stockmen’s Ball. Businesses and organizations may also consider the event for their holiday party or as a gift for customers or employees.

Source: NDSF