By Karen Huber
Shortened to six days this year, the Red River Valley Fair Tuesday, July 10 through Sunday, July 15 promises to deliver big time during its abbreviated run both in terms of top notch grandstand entertainment and other on grounds activities in the Fairgrounds convenient location on the west edge of West Fargo. The Fair will open its gates at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10. All buildings, plus on grounds entertainment will also open beginning at 11 a.m.
"Make It A Play Date" is the theme for the 2012 happening which will be filled with a variety of fun, family-oriented events sure to appeal to all ages levels.
The grandstand is sure to be packed each evening with a diverse blend of country and rock performers including: Tuesday, July 10 - Arch Allies; Wednesday, July 11 - The Eli Young Band and Kip Moore; Thursday, July 12 - Hairball; Friday, July 13 - Jerrod Niemann; Saturday, July 14 - Chevelle; and Sunday, July 15 - Justin Moore.
The grandstand entertainment is free with paid gate admission: $7 for adults (ages 12 and older); $3 for children ages 6-11; and ages 5 and under free. All concerts will get underway at 8 p.m.
Also free with gate admission is the Beer Garden Entertainment featuring a variety of local groups with show times 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. and after the grandstand event until 1 a.m. nightly from July 10-13; and 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. with all ages welcome from 2 to 5 p.m. on July 14 and July 15.
Entertainers include: July 10, Rhyme or Reason; July 11, October Road; July 12, 24 Seven; July 13, Tripwire; July 14, Skyline; and July 15, The Roosters.
Each year Fair officials strive to offer something new. This year a Wine Garden will be showcased that will offer up education on North Dakota's viticulture and the process of winemaking. Those visiting the garden will also be able to sample a variety of wines in the relaxing outdoor sitting area. The garden will be open from 2 to 9 p.m. each day in its middle of the Fairgrounds location.
The ever-popular Murphy Brothers Carnival will be a dynamic part of the Fair, opening at 5 p. m. on Tuesday, July 10, and continuing through the remaining Fair dates.
Local talent will also be featured in performances at shows held throughout the Fair run on the Stop-N-Go stage located near the North end of the Fairgrounds.
The 4-H exhibits will also be a high point in a new larger location in the 4-H Expo Center, formerly the Commercial Building, while commercial vendors will be housed in the Hartl Ag Building.
The diversity of Fair food vendors will also prevail, with a little bit of everything, perhaps the best way to sum up the menu choices.
Several gate promotions are planned to save money for those planning to attend the 2012 Red River Valley Fair. For more information about events, ticket pricing, and parking, visit www.redrivervalleyfair.com or call the fair office at 701-282-2200.