I would like  to use this opportunity to let you know about a wonderful group of individuals who are doing a lot of good in the Mon-Dak region. On March 22–24, the Williston Area Woodworkers will be holding their 30th annual spring display at the James Memorial Art Center. You are cordially invited to attend.

Show Hours:

  • Friday, March 22: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 23: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 24: 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
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Here's a little information about the Williston Area Woodworkers:

This group has been around since 1986 and has been doing great things in the community ever since. One thing that sticks out in my mind is all the years the Williston Woodworkers have been at the Upper Missouri Valley Fair. Their first appearance at the fair was in 1990. From open to close each day, this dedicated and patient group works with kids of all ages scrolling names, logos, and more for free. They also set up shop in Watford City at the McKenzie County Fair.


While visiting with Tom Bloch, one of the original members of the Williston Woodworkers Association, he mentioned several projects the group has done or been involved with over the years.

  • Opportunity Foundation - Chest to sell tickets
  • James Memorial Art Center - Hangers for gallery
  • Williams County Fair - Benchers and display panels
  • ND Association for the Blind - Made chair frames and magazine stands for the blind to cane
  • James Memorial Art Center - finished doors
  • James Memorial Art Center - repaired storm windows for the gallery
  • Military National Guard - Display cases
  • James Memorial Art Center - Bird house silent auction
  • Mercy Hospital - Memory Boxes
  • Cradles for American State Bank - Gifts for the needy
  • James Memorial Art Center - Baseboard moldings for gallery
  • Virgil Syverson Center - Built podium
  • Williams County Fair - Built 10 display cases
Williston Area Woodworkers/Facebook
Williston Area Woodworkers/Facebook
Williston Area Woodworkers Show

When this group gets things together for their show, you might think the proceeds raised would go back to the group. That is not the case at all. All their silent auction items showcased at the fair are sold, and the woodworkers donate all the money raised to the fair. This amounts to a few thousand dollars a year, and the same will happen at this latest show.

What will be showcased at this show?

You can see examples of carving, wood burning, turning, and scroll sawing. Be sure to bid on all the silent auction items at the show because all the money raised will be donated back to the James Memorial Art Center or other charities in need around the area. Come and meet this great group of people, and maybe get involved with them. They're always looking for new members, and they are all a great group to be around and learn from.

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