- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The 2015 North Dakota State Fair is getting underway in Minot.

The fair is celebrating its 50th anniversary Friday through July 25th. There will be the usual carnival rides, food vendors, animal shows, 4-H exhibits and musical entertainment, along with other events ranging from a three-on-three basketball tournament to the state arm wrestling championships.

Officials on Thursday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the grandstand to kick off the fair. The grandstand is sporting a new roof this year.

The legendary rock band Aerosmith and country superstar Keith Urban are headline grandstand acts. Others will include country stars Miranda Lambert, Chase Rice, Kip Moore and Kellie Pickler, and the South African rock band Seether.

Last year, 314,446 people attended the fair, just shy of the 2013 record of 320,485.

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