State Fair taking over with food, music, and rides

Shyanne Belzer/MDN Fan favorites such as The Zipper have returned for another year along with many others to give riders a thrill.

The North Dakota State Fair is here. From today through Saturday, July 28, everyone can head to the North Dakota State Fairgrounds for fun, food, music, rides, and more. Each day offers something new to see or do alongside the annual rides and shopping that only appears at the fair.

The fair will be open every day starting at 8 a.m. where guests can enjoy a variety of livestock events from pre-quarter and quarter horses to poulty shows and sheep shows to so much. Events span the entire day.

Carnival rides will begin at noon and run through the day to midnight every day. Alongside the rides at all the individual stages, events will be taking place for entertainment while you walk and eat.

The concert line-up for the fair this year is filled with talent with Cole Swindell with Morgan Evans, Florida Georgia Line with Adam Doleac, Michael Ray, Kip Moore, Cheap Trick, Dierks Bentley with Travis Denning, and Nickelback with Pop Evil all taking the stage on different days.

All performances except Nickleback and Cheap Trick are included in the Grandstand Showpass.

If music isn’t something you are interested in, the Enduro Race, NPRA Championship Bull Riding, Western Grand National Truck and Tractor Pull, and the Ranch Rodeo will also be taking over some evenings to offer a different scene.

From Monday through Friday, each day will have a special celebration. On Monday, KMOT Pride of Dakota Day and Food Drive will take place. Anyone who brings a non-perishable food item when paying for admission will receive $1 off the cost. A $5 coupon can be found in the Minot Daily News State Fair tabloid that will take $5 off the $35 charge for the Unlimited Daily Ride Carnival wristband for the day. At the KMOT tent, they will be selling a meal of a hotdog, chips, and a drink for $1.

On Tuesday, it will be Military Appreciation Day alongside Pepsi Deals Day. Military members and their family will receive half off adult admission to the NPRA Championship Bullriding, a free beef picnic starting at 11 a.m., half off the Unlimited Daily Carnival Ride wristband, and free rides from 1 to 3 p.m. with a military I.D. For the Pepsi Day Deals, there will be half off admission with a Pepsi product, discounts at participating vendors, a half off Unlimited Carnival Ride wristband is available at Marketplace locations.

KX is taking over Wednesday with a KX Co-Op day where a pancake breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. north of the Commercial II building and free ice cream social from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Participating co-ops will have $5 off coupons for the unlimited ride wristband as well as $1 off admission coupon and $1 off Ranch Rodeo coupon.

Thursday will be a busy day. The fair will have special events or deals for Senior Day, Water Day, and Newspaper Day. Seniors attending the festivities of the fair who are 65 or older can get half off their admission and attend a party at the Upper Atrium starting at 10 a.m. Water Day events will take place under a festival tent where fairgoers can enjoy games, trivia, giveaways, and free snow cones. Statewide, participating newspapers will be printing coupons that will get attenders $1 off admission and $5 off on the unlimited rides wristband. Minot Daily News has a coupon in Thursday, July 19 paper.

The final special day for the fair will take place on Friday, July 27. 811 Day will celebrate safe digging. Giveaways and educational opprotunities will be offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. under the festival tent.