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Teri Finneman, Published July 31 2008

Red River Valley Fair board agrees to contract with Murphy Brothers’ carnival for next five fairs

FARGO - The Red River Valley Fair will have “bigger” and “more extreme” carnival rides for the next five years.

The fair association’s executive committee this morning agreed to contract with Murphy Brothers’ carnival instead of renewing with Mighty Thomas.

Attorney Brad Sinclair presented the committee with two checks totaling $275,000 as Murphy Brothers’ payment for the 2009 fair. A letter of credit also will be faxed today, he said.

Sinclair said carnival representatives would like to see the Red River Valley Fair moved closer to the North Dakota State Fair in July for the convenience of transporting the carnival.

However, Murphy Brothers will agree to what the fair association decides for fair dates, he said.

Fair Manager Bryan Schulz said dates will be discussed further at the committee’s August meeting. He wants to first meet with other local county fair representatives to discuss their fair dates.

Schulz said the association asked for bids for its future carnivals and decided Murphy Brothers’ bid was the best one, due to a guaranteed $275,000 for each of the next five fairs.

Mighty Thomas offered a percentage of what the carnival grossed, he said.

The fair association’s executive committee agreed to put $200,000 of the Murphy Brothers’ payment in CDs and the remaining $75,000 in the association’s savings.

Murphy Brothers will offer bigger rides, as well as mid-sized rides and a kiddie section, Schulz said.