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Published July 07 2013

Red River Valley Fair offers more rides, new entertainment

WEST FARGO – With more rides than ever, a chance to literally touch the moon and some bacon-stuffed cookies, the Red River Valley Fair returns Tuesday with something for everyone.

This year’s fair boasts more carnival rides than ever before. According to Jodi Buresh, the fair’s assistant general manager, there will be 45 mechanical rides to pick from, up from about 40 last year.

“That’s really big for us,” she adds.

With 27 food vendors, there will be plenty of food options. One noteworthy item, Buresh says, will be a chocolate chip cookie stuffed with bacon.

Perhaps less exciting but just as useful will be the introduction of air conditioning to the vendor building. For the first time, fairgoers will be able to cool off from the relenting July sun.

“It was always so hot in those buildings,” Buresh says.

This year’s fair also has a few new entertainment options.

Regardless of your age, here are some attractions you may want to check out.

NASA exhibit

At a new NASA multimedia exhibit, visitors can touch a 3 billion-year-old moon rock brought back from the Apollo 17 mission, as well as learn more about the space program.

Buresh described the NASA building as being a “museum-style exhibit.”

“It’s an educational display, so that’s going to be fun,” she says.

The exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, and is free with a gate admission.

BMX stunt show

At a stage located north of the midway, visitors can watch a BMX stunt show put on by John Parker, an 11-time X-Games competitor, and other skateboarders and BMX competitors.

Given its location close to the midway, she thinks it’s going to be a big draw at the fair.

“It’s going to attract a lot of people,” she says. “I think that’ll be a fun show.”

Shows run at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. each day.

Elastic Gymnastics

If it’s an aerial show of another sort you’re seeking, check out the Elastic Gymnastics performers of Milord Entertainment.

A combination of trampoline, aerial bungee and more, the show will probably leave you thankful you’re safe on the ground.

Buresh says she’s intrigued to see what kind of a show the acrobats put on.

“I think it’s going to be something different,” she says. “Those types of shows always draw a huge crowd.”

Located at the north end of the fairgrounds, the performers will take to their aerial stage at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. each day.

If you go

• What: Red River Valley Fair

• When: Tuesday through Sunday

• Where: Red River Valley Fairgrounds, West Fargo

• Info: Midway opens at 1 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and noon Friday through Sunday. Daily gate admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-11 and free for children 5 and under. Gate admission is free from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Mega passes and all-day ride passes are available at Stop-N-Go stores. Check www.redrivervalleyfair.com for a more detailed schedule of events.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535