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North Dakota State Fair returns!
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by Luann Dart with State Fair reports

Whether they’re rockin’ in the grandstand, rollin’ on the midway or just strollin’ the fairgrounds, North Dakota State Fair visitors can expect great grandstand entertainment, an action-packed carnival and one-of-a-kind fair food, as the State Fair returns to Minot July 20-28. 

Last year, a devastating flood forced the cancellation of the fair for the first time since it began in 1965. This year, fair organizers are determined to offer a bigger and better event.

Staff worked tirelessly to protect the fairgrounds during the 2011 flood, restore the damaged areas, and then add new attractions and facilities, including 200 more camping spots. 

“Every aspect of the fair looks great,” Korslien said. “I think everyone in North Dakota and many from outside the state are joining the excitement of having our top event back better than ever. To make up for last year, we all expect to have twice the fun!”

This year, grandstand entertainment includes:
• July 20 – Kid Rock
• July 21 – Zac Brown Band
• July 22 – Luke Bryan
• July 23 – Dacotah Bank Enduro Race
• July 24 – IMCA Modified and Stock Car Races
• July 25 – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
• July 26 – Chris Young
• July 27 – Blake Shelton
• July 28 – Foreigner followed by a fireworks display

From the ag events, to music, to unique animal shows, there is plenty of entertainment included in the $8 gate admission at the State Fair:
• State Fair Parade – The parade starts at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, July 21, with the theme,“Clowning Around.” 
• David Malmberg, a comic ventriloquist, will bring his characters to life at the Flickertail Gardens at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. July 24-28.
• Fur Traders Rendezvous – Demonstrations include tomahawk tossing, blacksmithing and baking in an adobe oven. Children are offered beads after enjoying demonstrations, which can be used to barter and trade for prizes.
• Play With Gravity Motorcycle stunts – Watch these riders go full throttle as they complete stunts showcasing balance, finesse and complete control of their specially built motorcycles on Stage 7 at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. daily.
From the petting zoo to Daryl’s Racing Pigs, lots of awesome animals return to the State Fair.
Welde’s Big Bear Show shares the hilarious and inspirational bear antics as they teach us “simply by being bears” on Stage 3 at 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily 
 During the Swampmaster Alligator Show, the Swampmaster catches an eight-foot, 200-pound alligator with his bare hands at Stage 1 at 2 p.m. 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. daily.
 From draft horse events, horse pulls, barrel racing, team roping and the ranch rodeo championships, there are plenty of horse events at the State Fair.

And be sure to schedule a visit to one of the barns for 4-H and FFA competitions in all types of animal events.

During KMOT Pride of Dakota Day July 23, visit with entrepreneurs and purchase products made exclusively in North Dakota . Lunch is offered to all fairgoers for only $1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. under the tent. 

And there are all kinds of contests, too! Race in a redneck relay, decorate a cake, clown around, or arm wrestle.

During the SRT Tweasure Hunt, solve the clues and find the prize first. Follow @ndstatefair and @srt_guy on twitter to receive clues to the location of a grand prize hidden somewhere on the fairgrounds. 

“You absolutely don’t want to miss the 2012 North Dakota State Fair,” Korslien declared.

Luann Dart is a freelance writer and editor who lives near Elgin.


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