IMPACT MAGAZINE: Check out these unique FM area sports and recreation activities
A classic way to savor the summer season is to head to the ballpark for an afternoon or evening of independent professional baseball at Newman Outdoor Field located on the campus of North Dakota State University.
Whether you’re a 21-and-older adult enjoying two-for-$6 Pabst Blue Ribbons on Pabst Blue Ribbon Koozie giveaway night, or a youngster exploring the Games Galore inflatables at Fan Appreciation Night, the RedHawks have a themed night for patrons of all ages.
Recurring events and promotions are held throughout the season, such as post-game fireworks, $1 hot dogs, free jerseys and hats for the first 500 or 1,000 attendees and more.
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the American Association have a regular season that runs from the beginning of June through the end of August/beginning of September.
Join the herd at an NDSU football game
In terms of national championships, North Dakota State University is the most successful football program in NCAA Football Championship Subdivision history.
Since 2011, the NDSU Bison have been crowned FCS national champions every year except 2016, giving them an FCS record seven titles.
Tailgating followed by a Division I football game among rowdy, passionate NDSU fans in the Fargodome is one of Fargo-Moorhead’s premier attractions and can help cope with the sadness that ensues with the conclusion of summer.
A weekend afternoon on the golf course is a wonderful way to take advantage of the summer sunshine.
Fortuantely, Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo has several public golf courses to choose from — Edgewood, Rose Creek, Osgood, Prairiewood and even a par-3 course: El Zagal in Fargo. Moorhead offers The Meadows and Village Green. If one’s taste is better suited for a private course, the Moorhead Country Club and Fargo Country Club represent the areas member-only courses.
With three 9-hole (Osgood, Prairiewood and El Zagal) and two 18-hole public courses (Edgewood and Rose Creek), FMWF features courses for all ages and skill levels.
There are also options for those who want to golf a little outside of the metro area.
Oxbow, N.D., Hawley, Minn., Leonard, N.D., and Casselton, N.D., all have golf courses within a 45-minute drive of Fargo.
For those who have a golf fix all year round and don't have the luxury of moving somewhere pleasant during the winter months, Golf Addiction in south Fargo provides an indoor golf simulator along with a food and drink menu.
Throw sharp objects
The art of hurling a sharp steel object through the air at a wooden target finally made its way to Fargo in mid-March with the opening of Triple Ax at 5229 51st Ave. S. Unit 1.
Co-owners Marcel Baumgartner and Erik Kalberg jumped into the world of ax throwing on an anniversary trip to Minneapolis and decided Fargo would be a good fit for an ax-throwing business.
Triple Ax can be fun for the whole family. Anyone age 10 and older is welcome with a parent or legal guardian.
The only dress requirement is that everyone wears closed-toe shoes. Customers are encouraged to wear something they’re comfortable to move in.
Flannels are optional, but highly recommended.
Live racing at Red River Valley Speedway
Itching for the high-speed, adrenaline-filled action of dirt track racing? West Fargo’s Red River Valley Speedway has the fix.
From early May until the end of August, the race track has weekly races featuring IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Hobby Stocks, INEX Legends and World of Outlaws.
Head to the speedway at 1805 Main Ave W. in the summer to experience racing and bonus activities each race, such as a T-shirt cannon, candy toss, 50/50 tickets, prizes, giveaways and more.
A bone-chilling bike race
Snow and cycling generally don’t go hand in hand.
However, the Border Battle Bike Race on the Red River (B-B-BRR, a fitting acronym) doesn’t care about society’s norms.
The annual unique bike race embraces both the bone-chilling winter season and a passion for biking. In 2018, more than 100 brave souls showed up for the event. The race is held on the last Sunday in January at Wildflower Grove Park in Fargo.
The 10K course takes riders of various skill levels pedaling across a variety of terrain — bike paths, frozen tundra and the frozen Red River.
Other than honor and respect for actually being brave enough to participate in such a thing, riders can earn additional prizes. Awards are given to the top three riders in both the men’s and women’s divisions, in the fat-tire bike and slim-tire bike classes. There are also chances to win prizes in a drawing, and winners of the best dressed rider, best dressed bike, slow-poke and other honors.
After the race, riders and spectators gather at Great Northern Bicycle Co., 425 Broadway, Fargo, for the celebration and award ceremony.