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Trailer Choir to perform free concert; RRV Fair to announce entertainment lineup

Trailer Choir

Officials at the Red River Valley Fair will be announcing their entertainment line-up for the 2009 Fair in a new and exciting way with a special kick-off party Saturday, April 25, at The Venue, located in The Hub at 2525 9th Ave. S., Fargo.

The evening will consist of a free concert featuring Nashville recording artists Trailer Choir, who will be taking the stage to get everyone revved up for the announcement of nine nights of summer fun at the Fair, set this year for July 10-18 with the theme "Experience It."

Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the show set to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Trailer Choirs own unique blend of real life singalong style and energy brings a high-def picture to a backyard barbeque. With members Crystal, Butter and Vinny, the 400 pound man who is known to dance the worm in the middle of the show, Trailer Choir started out as a cover band, and as they began adding original songs to the mix, their audience grew. One night, impressed by their whimsical tunes and energetic stage show, country music superstar Toby Keith introduced himself to the band. A showcase for Keith and his label Show Dog Nashville in the spring of 2007 found Trailer Choir leaving with a signed contract. What followed was the recording of their debut album with Keith as producer, and the album previewing in the spring of 2008 with the single "Off the Hillbilly Hook."

Those attending will also have the opportunity to purchase the brand new 'Mega Pass' being offered for the first time this year. The pass will allow one individual gate admission to all nine days of the Fair, unlimited carnival rides for all nine days to the Murphy Brothers Carnival, as well as free admission to all the grandstand shows for the entire run of the Fair, and the shows on Friday, July 17, and Saturday, July 18, limited to 8,400 people.

A special introductory offer of $50 will be honored at the The Venue party, with the price going up to $60 on May 16; and beginning July 10, to $70. Tickets honoring the same pricing schedule are also available at all area Stop-N-Go stores and at the Fair office.

In teaser announcements released by the Fair on their Web site, two country entertainers, both 2009 Academy of Country Music award winners, will be announced for the Friday, July 10 grandstand show, and additional country acts on Sunday, July 12, Monday, July 13, and Wednesday, July 15; and rock bands for Saturday, July 11, Tuesday, July 14, and Thursday, July 16. Rounding out the lineup will be Wissota sanctioned stock car racing on Friday, July 17, at the Red River Valley Speedway; and a Demolition Derby on Saturday, July 18, will conclude the grandstand entertainment bill.

The Murphy Brothers Carnival will also be a part of the midway entertainment this year, offering one of the most complete outdoor entertainment experiences in the world, featuring heart-pounding rides, amazing games, and mouth-watering food, all wrapped up in a clean, safe, family-friendly environment.

The local Fargo-based Games Galore will also be teaming up with Murphy Brothers to preview a wide variety of inflatables for kids of all ages to enjoy, all included in the Mega Pass and daily ride pass tickets, with the latter available only at Stop N Go at a cost of $25 or at the Fairgrounds for $30 for unlimited carnival rides for one day. Daily ride tickets do not include gate admission.

Regular daily gate admission to the Fair without the Mega Pass will be $7 for adults, 12 and older; $3 for juniors, 6-11; and free for kids, five and under. Season gate admission passes good for all nine days of the Fair can also be acquired before July 1 for: $20, junior 6-11; and $40, adults, 12 and older.

Red River Valley Fair General Manager Bryan Schulz encourages everyone to stop out to The Venue at The Hub for the kick-off announcement this Saturday, as well as for a great evening of entertainment and fun. Schulz said he "is excited about the new direction the 2009 Fair is going. We expect the Mega Pass to be a big success along with the free grandstand shows. We are trying hard to return the Red River Valley Fair to a family-friendly event and have scheduled many free attractions for everyone to enjoy."

Again, the Trailer Choir concert is open to the public free of charge so everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information about the 2009 Red River Valley Fair visit their Web site at or call their office at 282-2200.