- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Attendance at the North Dakota State Fair was down only slightly this year, despite the state’s challenging economic conditions.

Manager Renae Korslien said 293,123 people walked through the gates at the State Fairgrounds in Minot this year, down from 305,093 last year.

The fair wrapped up its nine-day run on Sunday - two days before the state Legislature goes into a special session called by Gov. Jack Dalrymple to address shortfalls in the state treasury caused by slumping oil and agriculture industries.

“In the tough economic climate of our region, our attendance was down only 4 percent,” Korslien said. “That is truly incredible,”

The fair, which was the 51st, had the usual carnival rides, food vendors, animal shows, 4-H exhibits and musical entertainment. Grandstand acts this year included country superstar Kenny Chesney and rockers KISS.

Chesney’s concert had the biggest attendance, at 11,342 people. KISS drew 9,688 fans.

Next year’s fair is scheduled for July 21-29.


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide