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Forum staff reports, Published July 19 2013

Red River Valley Fair attendance tops 2012 with an estimated 117,000 people

WEST FARGO — The 2013 Red River Valley Fair drew an estimated 117,000 people to West Fargo over six days last week, organizers announced Friday.

Attendance estimates for 2013 show an increase of about 12,000 people over last year’s fair. Bryan Schulz, general manager, attributed the increase to favorable weather and the lineup in the grandstand, according to a news release.

Country artists Hunter Hayes and The Band Perry drew large crowds during the weekend. Hunter Hayes performed July 12 to a crowd of 18,200, while The Band Perry topped that on July 13 with 21,000 people in attendance.

Overall grandstand attendance over the week was higher than attendance for the performances in 2012. An estimated 63,000 people attended the concerts this year compared to 51,000 in 2012, which featured artists Chevelle, the Eli Young Band and Justin Moore.

Grandstand admission is free with gate admission to the fair, so attendees only paid $8 to see the concerts. Attendance figures show the audience approves of the “pay-one-price concept,” Schulz said in the release.

The 2014 Red River Valley Fair is set for July 8-15.