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John Lamb, Published February 17 2010

Red River Valley Fair features old, new acts

This summer’s Red River Valley Fair will feature a mix of the old and new.

Grandstand headliners for the event, which runs July 9-17 include tried-and-true acts like Tesla and Sawyer Brown as well as rising stars like Rodney Atkins and Steel Magnolia.

“We’re very excited about the lineup for the 2010 Red River Valley Fair,” Fair General Manager Bryan Schulz said during a Tuesday afternoon news conference.

The grandstand lineup features:

The RRVF ends on July 17 with a monster truck show.

Schulz said the emphasis was on vintage acts and hopeful rising stars because they fit into the RRVF’s budget of $30,000 to $40,000 per bill, adding many emerging rock acts are “way out of our realm in cost.”

He said last year the best draw was the then-emerging Zac Brown Band and Julianne Hough, which pulled in 15,000 people, the most for a fair concert in about a decade, Schulz said.

Overall attendance was up 35,000 at the fair to about 125,000. He said the fair also made between $250,000 and $260,000 in 2009, up from a $50,000 profit in 2008.

Schulz also announced an exhibit of animatronic dinosaurs on the grounds.

Again this year the grandstand shows are free with gate admission, $7 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6 to 11 and free for kids ages 5 and younger. Mega Passes, which cover admission and unlimited carnival rides are $50 through May and $60 from June 1 on. The Fun Pack, $40, also covers nine admission tickets.

Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533