- Associated Press - Friday, July 21, 2017

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota State Fair is beginning its nine-day run.

The country band Little Big Town kicks off the fair with a Friday night concert. Other country acts in this year’s concert lineup are Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Brothers Osborne and Lonestar.

The State Fair Parade is Saturday morning. This year’s grand marshal is 95-year-old Lynn Aas, a decorated World War II veteran from Minot. The parade theme is “Serving North Dakota and Beyond.”

Saturday night features a concert by Fergie. A concert by the group Paramore ends the fair the following Saturday.

The fair will have its usual rodeo events, animal and car shows, carnival rides, food vendors and 4-H exhibits.

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