- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota State Fair begins its nine-day run in Minot on Friday.

The annual fair includes everything from agricultural exhibits to carnival rides. North Dakota music fans will be treated to a bevy of big time music acts this year.

Fair organizers say popular modern acts including Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley will be in Minot. They’ll be joined by veteran performers John Mellencamp and The Charlie Daniels Band. Rockers Three Days Grace also will be on the grandstand stage.

The fair runs through July 26. Last year’s fair drew a record 320,485 people.