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Published July 11 2012

Forum editorial: Summer calendar stuffed full

If it seems like the summer calendar in the Fargo-Moorhead neighborhood of the Red River Valley is busier than usual, it probably is. All across the valley (and nearby), communities are inviting visitors to a wide range of events and activities. If an individual or family wanted to take in all of them, they would have a full-time summer job.

The attractions range from county fairs to water carnivals, from street fairs to ethnic celebrations, from baseball games to auto races, from arts festivals to antique auctions, from outdoor musical theater to movies in the parks.

If organized activities aren’t your thing, then summer beckons with land- and waterscapes that are second to none in the nation. The opportunities for hiking, camping, swimming and boating, birding and cycling (motor and pedal) are endless. Even an evening walk in one of the region’s great urban parks can put a glow in a long summer day. Or take in the joy of grandkids at a park playground, like the wonderful facility in Fargo’s Lindenwood Park. Or visit a farmers market or work in a community garden.

It’s all out there for local folks and visitors to enjoy. This week one big attraction is the Red River Valley Fair at the fairgrounds near West Fargo. Among the others is opening of “Legally Blonde, the Musical,” this year’s production of the Trollwood Performing Arts School at the beautiful Bluestem Center in south Moorhead.

Next week, the Fargo Downtown Street Fair will welcome thousands of people to the city’s rejuvenated central district. Later in the month, Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo will be the scene of the world-class Fargo Blues Festival.

There’s a lot more, of course, all across the region. Summer has it all. Mark your calendar. Have a blast.

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