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Guests of the Red River Valley Fair check out a zebra at the petting zoo, just one of the many activities planned for this year's big event.

Nine days of fun: RRVF features diverse lineup

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Nine straight days of family-oriented festivities and fun will be offered up during this year's Red River Valley Fair scheduled to run Friday, July 9, through Saturday, July 17, at the Fairgrounds located on the west edge of West Fargo.

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This year's fair will indeed be a mixed bag, literally featuring something for everyone.

The grandstand lineup is also diverse, including a country and rock blend with monster trucks also thrown into the scheme of things.

Grandstand Entertainment

Friday, July 9 - Glen Templeton will open for Rodney Atkins; Saturday, July 10 - Kamilla will open for Tesla; Sunday, July 11 - The Roosters will open for Sawyer Brown; Monday, July 12 - LoCash Cowboys opens for Jake Owen; Tuesday, July 13 - Stealing Angels will open for Steel Magnolia; Wednesday, July 14 - Auto Racing at 7 p.m., featuring NLRA LMS and B-Mod Specials; Thursday, July 15 - Hairball; Friday, July 16 - Carmen the Cactus will open for the Little River Band; and Saturday July 17 - Monster Truck show at 7 p.m.

The grandstand entertainment is free with paid gate admission. All concerts will start at 8 p.m.

Around the Grounds

The Murphy Brothers Exposition will be coming back again this year with their lineup of extreme rides; and there will also be plenty of clowning around, as the Garcia Brothers Circus also will be on hand, featuring acts such as the Globe of Death and Wheel of Destiny.

Also on grounds all nine days of the Fair will be the Cass County Farm Bureau's AG Education Center, featuring a birthing center, commodity education area and an agriculture machinery display; Puff 'n Toot Train; the Bale Maze; and a passel of vendors featuring a variety of products and food choices, sure to appeal to everyone.

Dazzling Dinosaurs

Days of the Dinosaur will be making its first Fair visit providing a sense of awe and excitement for children and adults alike, open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in Schollander Pavilion. Admission will be free with the cost of gate admission.

"Days of the Dinosaur" is a one-of-a-kind-viewing extravaganza, featuring the latest in state of the art animatronic dinosaurs sure to fascinate children and parents alike with the prehistoric and lifelike presentation of the world that existed over 250 million years ago.

 The roaring, 21st century dinosaurs make the story of the dinosaurs excitingly real, like a walk through Jurassic Park. Schollander Pavilion will be transformed into a dinosaur discovery land featuring an unbelievable experience that will allow reliving the world of the gigantic animals that owned earth tens of millions of years ago.

The exhibit will feature 15 life-sized dinosaur robots, skeleton replicas, and an inviting interactive area where children get to become paleontologists for one day. Excavation replicas, a shop bursting with souvenirs to take back home or give to the loved ones, a sand area for kids to dig and find bones, and 'dinosaur rides' for a small fee, all go into making the "Days of the Dinosaur" exhibit one of the most exciting trips back to prehistoric times imaginable.

Gate, Ticket Information

Main gates at the Fair will open at 11 a.m. General gate admission is $7 for adults, 12 and older; $3 for juniors, 6-11; and free for kids, five and under. There will be free gate admission between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.

You can also purchase a season fun pack, a book of nine gate admission tickets good for any day of the Fair for $40 at any area Stop-N-Go. The fun pack does not include carnival rides.

Wednesday, July 14, will be Military Appreciation Day. Military members and their family will get $2 off the regular price at gate entries by showing a military or family ID.

Mega Pass Carnival vouchers can also be purchased for $60 at any area Stop-N-Go store or the Fair office, good for gate admission, unlimited carnival rides and grandstand shows all nine days of the Fair. You will need to bring the voucher to the Fair office to redeem it for a bar-coded picture ID anytime up to the Fair, or redeem the voucher the first day of the Fair, July 9, at the east carnival gate (across from the campground), but expect long lines as it will be extremely busy. The Mega Pass will get you free gate admission through the east carnival gate only; you will be required to pay the gate admission at others. Upon entry, you will receive your daily wristband which will be valid to ride all the rides you want to that day.

The Murphy Brothers Exposition will also continue to offer daily ride passes, available at the Fairgrounds for $30 and all area Stop-N-Go stores for $25. Daily rides passes do not include gate admission.

There will also be plenty of free daily general parking and VIP parking for $3 per car, in the lot east of the Commercial Building.

For more information regarding daily Fair activity and entertainment schedules and so much more, visit their website at www.redrivervalleyfair.com.

khuber@westfargopioneer.com

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