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Fair announces entertainment lineup

Red River Valley Fair General Manager Bryan Schulz is excited about the entertainment lineup announced today (Wednesday) for the 2008 Red River Valley Fair scheduled to run Friday, June 13 though Saturday, June 21, at the Fairgrounds in West Fargo. Schulz, who assumed managerial duties only recently, said the goal is to bring back 'the old Fair' that everyone is accustomed to, and he feels like that goal is very close to being realized. "We think having something for all ages is very important because we want entire families to attend and be a part of the fun. The 2008 version promises to be just that, featuring a wide variety of family-oriented events that should be a popular draw."

This year the FunTic entertainment is featuring three popular but distinctly different musical acts - country group 32 Below opening night, Friday, June 13; country legend Travis Tritt, Saturday, June 14; and heavy metal groups Slaughter, Dokken and Blue Oyster Cult, closing out the Fair, Saturday, June 21.

Mixed in between these three events are a variety of other diverse family-oriented grandstand activities: a Tractor Pull, Sunday, June 15; a Demolition Derby, Monday, June 16; Bull riding events presented by Jokela Pro West, Tuesday, June 17, and Wednesday, June 18; ASCS Sprint Car Racing, Thursday, June 19; and regular racing night at the Red River Valley Speedway, Friday, June 20.

This year will also see the return of several popular features as well as some brand new acts sure to excite and captivate. Daryl's Racing Pigs will be back, along with the petting zoo and the Mighty Thomas Carnival.

The Rainforest Experience will be making its first-ever appearance, promising to offer an educational, hands-on, adventure which explores the tropical rainforest in an unbelievably entertaining fashion, guided by Bixby and Treetop. The rainforest will spring to life as live exotic animals appear from the forest shrubs, and ten-foot Kapok trees magically grow, seemingly from nowhere. Visitors will become part of the adventure through audience participation during the Rainforest Experience LIVE stage show; be allowed to get up close and explore 20 different live exotic animals in their natural habitats, during Rainforest Encounters; and hop on a train and be entertained as they witness a personal, hands-on learning experience, as Rainforest Safari passes their way.

Each day of the Fair has also been designated for special events and activities. The first three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, will also offer a trade show atmosphere, comprised of exhibitions and displays that in the past were previewed each day of the Fair.

Monday, June 16, will be Kids Day, offering two-for-one wristbands for the rides. Dora the Explorer from Nickelodeon will be the special guest, anxious to greet and visit with the youngsters, sponsored by Midcontinent Communications. Local group Penny and Pals will also be making a special appearance.

Tuesday, June 17, will be Senior Citizens Day, sponsored by NDAARP, complete with bingo, square dancing, and trade show booths related to senior topics.

Wednesday, June 18, has been set as Meet the Candidates Day with all the individuals running for state offices invited.

Details for the last three days of the Fair have yet to be firmed up but plans are in the works for events relating to RVs, ATVs or a motorcycle show.

A Livestock Center complete with a birthing unit for cows, a hatching area for turkeys and chickens, as well as exotic cattle and a passel of other animals will also be part of the activity. Schulz said he is also working with a draft horse group to plan an event that will include a full-blown parade.

Gate admission for this year's Red River Valley Fair is $5, with those 12 and under admitted free. Tickets for all the 'dirt' events are $12 in advance, which includes the gate admission, or $14 at the door and an additional $5 for gate. Advance FunTics sell for $45, and includes free gate admission. Advance tickets are available at the Red River Valley Fair office and all local Stop-n-Go locations. Individual tickets are available for each of the concerts. Advance tickets sell for $20, which includes free gate admission. Tickets at the door are $20, plus a $5 gate admission charge.

In conjunction with the announcement, a special rate will be offered the remainder of this week on FunTics sold at the Red River Valley Fairground offices through Friday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold for $40 instead of the regular $45.

The Fairgrounds are located on the west edge of West Fargo off of Main Avenue.

Inquiries can be made by calling 282-2200. More information is also available on their brand new Web site at