MINOT, N.D. — Carnival rides, livestock, families, farmers and food vendors.

The colorful, whimsical scenes of America's state and county fairs are being showcased on forever stamps with a national unveiling ceremony taking place at the North Dakota State Fair.

On Thursday, July 25, beginning at 11 a.m. at the state fairgrounds in Minot, U.S. Postal Service Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President David Williams will unveil the summer series of stamps.

There will be a live video of the ceremony for those who cannot attend.

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The series of four stamps will include scenes of farmers unloading produce, a child holding a chicken with a Ferris wheel and merry-go-round in the background, fair-goers admiring livestock and children buying treats.

Mike Ryan designed the stamps, and original artwork was by Mick Wiggins. The art director was Greg Breeding. Special to The Forum
Mike Ryan designed the stamps, and original artwork was by Mick Wiggins. The art director was Greg Breeding. Special to The Forum

In total, 40 million stamps were created. They will be available for purchase July 25 and can be reserved through the online postal store.