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RRVF grandstand features mixed bag

Performing artists Little Big Town will appear at the RRVF. Submitted Photo.

Nine straight days of family-oriented festivities, fun and great headlining acts will make for a highly entertaining 2011 Red River Valley Fair, scheduled for Friday, July 8, through Saturday, July 16, at the Fairgrounds located on the west edge of West Fargo.

Grandstand Entertainment

The grandstand lineup is indeed a mixed bag, with the inclusion of several country and rock groups, accented by a couple of nights of racing action.

The line-up will feature: Friday, July 8 - Jason Jones and Little Big Town; Saturday, July 9 - Finger Eleven; Sunday, July 10 - LoCash Cowboys and Jason Michael Carroll; Monday, July 11 - 32 Below; Tuesday, July 12 - Uncle Kracker; Wednesday, July 13- Auto Racing at 7 p.m.; Thursday, July 14 - Hairball; Friday, July 15 - My Darkest Days and Sick Puppies; and Saturday, July 16- Enduro Racing at 7 p.m. The grandstand entertainment is free with paid gate admission. All concerts will start 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 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. nightly.

Entertainers include: July 8, the Roosters; July 9, At the Emporium; July 10, Two Days Notice; July 11, October Road; July 12, Kid Hollywood; July 13, Boomtown; July 14, 24 Seven; July 15, Tripwire; and July 16, Tune in Tokyo.

Around the Grounds

The Murphy Brothers Exposition will be back on the freeway with their lineup of extreme rides.

Also on grounds all nine days of the Fair will be the Cass County Farm Bureau's AG Education Center, a unique exhibit that allows families to learn about the regions commodities and livestock. Fairgoers will be able to watch poultry hatch, touch and feel the live animals on exhibit, and even learn how to milk a cow.

New for 2011 is the "Thank a Farmer" show, a promotion celebrating the nation's farmers. Free shows will be held three times daily at 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Other Free Attractions

Per usual the Fair will also be home to several free attractions sure to fascinate and entertain the youth.

Be prepared to be amazed by the death-defying Dueling Pirates during daily shows at 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m.

Interested in reptiles? Visit Reptile Adventures and watch demonstrations with the animals and enjoy the virtual reptile zoo in daily shows at 1:45, 3:45 and 5:45 p.m.

Or take a break from the heat and explore Zerebko's Petting Zoo daily from 12 to 8 p.m.; or take in the Cookie Demo during the same time frame, baking up a different cookie each day.

Food Vendors Galore

The diversity of Fair food vendors are also sure to oblige, no matter what the taste preference, from the little more unusual deep fried Twinkies and Oreos to the more traditional deep fried cheese curds or pork chop on a stick.

A little bit of everything is perhaps the best way to sum up the menu choices, so if your longing for a corn dog, turkey leg, roasted corn, funnel cake, or the ever-popular mini donuts, your only task at hand will be locating the right vendor booth on the midway.

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.

Mega passes are available for $60, offering all nine days of free gate admission, unlimited carnival rides, and free grandstand shows.

The Murphy Brothers Exposition will also continue to offer daily ride passes, available at the Fairgrounds for $25 (does not include gate admission) and in advance at all area Stop-N-Go stores for $20 (does include gate admission).

There will also be plenty of free daily general parking and VIP parking.

For more information regarding daily Fair activity and entertainment schedules and so much more, visit their website at or call the fair office at 701-282-2200.