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Published July 09 2010

Forum editorial: Fair lineup one of best in years

The lineup for the Red River Valley Fair is the best in a long time. The fair opens today for a nine-day run at the fairgrounds near West Fargo. It promises to be one of the biggest and best summer attractions in the region.

A few years ago the fair and its management were under fire for what was charitably described as bad management and uninviting programming. After a few fair managers came and went, the fair board hired Brian Schulz, whose local roots and experience were well-suited to restore the fair’s lost luster. He’s done that in short order. The schedule of events for the 2010 fair has something for everyone. Moreover, management has made the fair more affordable and accessible for families.

One of the reasons the fair fell on hard times a few years ago was its drift from the traditional reason for a county fair: agriculture. The fair had become like any other summer festival and had lost support from many rural residents. This year’s fair brings more emphasis to rural traditions and farming with everything from square dancing to a horse show to horticulture exhibits to more attention to animal judging and an agriscience fair.

Every day is packed with features for every age and interest. Of special note this year is Day of the Dinosaur, a hands-on animatronic exhibit of the prehistoric creatures that is sure to be a hit with youngsters. And, of course, the midway will be open every day with its rides, games and food booths. There is also a wide variety of stage entertainment and motor sports at the speedway.

The weather looks good, with the usual summer chance of afternoon showers. It’s typical fair weather. So don’t miss one of the biggest and best summer attractions in the region.

Forum editorials represent the opinion of Forum management and the newspaper’s Editorial Board.