Local Family Receives Harvest Bowl Honor

Dave and Colleen Pearce of Bismarck were recognized as Burleigh County’s honoree at the 43rd annual Harvest Bowl Nov. 4 and 5.

David and Colleen operate Papa’s Pumpkin Patch and Polar Patch (https://papaspumpkinpatch.com/), where they sell garden produce and hold a fall and winter festival with activities for families. They received the USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) Farmer-to-Farmer program’s Volunteer of the Decade Award in 2014.

David, a 1978 NDSU graduate, also is an international volunteer and group facilitator, a Hay Creek Township supervisor, and a member of the Burleigh County Advisory Committee and Bismarck Public School Board.

Colleen is a 1977 NDSU graduate and the state WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program director. She also serves on the North Dakota Nutrition Council.

As the state’s land-grant university, NDSU plays a major role in contributing knowledge through research, academic programs and the Extension Service. More than 2,700 agriculturists have been recognized and more than $210,000 in scholarships have been awarded to NDSU student athletes who are studying agriculture, business or premed and come from an agricultural background.

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The NDSU Harvest Bowl program recognizes the success, dedication and hard work of outstanding agriculturists in 53 counties in North Dakota and 10 counties in western Minnesota.

For information on Harvest Bowl and to register, visit the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association website at http://www.ndsualumni.com/, call the NDSU alumni office toll-free at 800-279-8971 or locally at 701-231-6800, or email tori@ndsualumni.com.

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