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Published September 10, 2013, 05:17 PM

National visitors at Big Iron

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Big Iron kicked off today; and among the roughly 80,000 attendees are about 100 International visitors.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Big Iron kicked off today; and among the roughly 80,000 attendees are about 100 International visitors.

Governor Jack Dalrymple greeted them at the welcome ceremony.

The seventh annual Big Iron International Visitors program brought delegates from 16 countries including Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Tanzania.

It is a way to bring foreign buyers of North Dakota products all to one place.

Jack Dalrymple- North Dakota Governor: "As part of this annual program, the trade office has hosted nearly 750 international guests and millions of dollars in sales have resulted from the relationships that have been built right here."

Since 2005, North Dakota's merchandise exports have grown over 250%, from about $1.2 billion to nearly $4.3 billion last year.

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