Youth Engagement Initiative Launches With Oct. 15 Youth Fall Festival

With a goal of engaging youth and young adults in the community — a priority from the 2021 Mandan Strong economic and community development strategic plan — the City of Mandan Business Development and Communications Department and Mandan Progress Organization are helping with a launch event.

A fall festival for youth and young adults ages 14 to 20 will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, 1-4 p.m., in Dykshoorn Park with music, food trucks, giveaways, pumpkin decorating and pie eating contests. Participating youth will be asked to sign up to spearhead and assist with community events, projects and programs.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Youth may enter already carved or decorated pumpkins. Attendees can vote for their favorite pumpkin, and a panel of judges from the youth initiative organizing committee will evaluate entries. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative, scariest, best carved, best decorated and crowd favorite! Pumpkins must be entered by 1:30 p.m. with voting open from 1:45-3:15 p.m. Winners will be announced at 3:45 p.m.

Seeking Door Prizes. Businesses or organizations interested in donating gift cards or other items for door prizes and giveaways may contact Communications and Community Services Coordinator Kari Schmidt ph. 701-667-3478.

The Morton Mandan Public Library will provide indoor and covered patio space in case of inclement weather.

Members of the youth initiative organizing committee include high school and college students with staff involvement from the Mandan Progress Organization, Mandan Public Schools, Morton County Extension, Morton Mandan Public Library, Native American youth groups, and volunteers from the Mandan Tomorrow – Leadership, Pride and Image Committee.

Event details will be shared on ‘Made in Mandan’ social media and at Please contact Communications and Community Services Coordinator Kari Schmidt with questions or for ways to become involved.