51st North Dakota State Fair Beginning Nine-day Run

The Associated Press

The 51st North Dakota State Fair begins its nine-day run on Friday at the State Fairgrounds on the east edge of Minot.

The fair will have the usual carnival rides, food vendors, animal shows, 4-H exhibits and musical entertainment. There also will be the unusual — from trained grizzly bears and yoga classes to sushi and walleye on a stick.

"It's a changing time," Fair Manager Renae Korslien told The Bismarck Tribune.

Headlining grandstand acts this year are country superstar Kenny Chesney and rock legends KISS. Other performers include country stars LoCash, Jake Owen, Old Dominion and Billy Currington, along with rockers Fall Out Boy, who open the performances with a Friday night concert.

The 35th annual North Dakota State Parade is scheduled for Saturday morning. This year's theme is "North Dakota — Where Sports Shine." It starts at 9:15 a.m. on the corner of Broadway and Burdick Expressway and runs to the Fairgrounds on the east edge of Minot.

Major League Baseball umpire Gary Cederstrom is the grand marshal. He's a North Dakota native who maintains a home in Minot and returns to the state in the offseason to hunt and fish.

More than 300,000 people attended last year's State Fair.

"The farmers and the ranchers have stood by the State Fair for 51 years," Korslien told the Minot Daily News. "Agricultural education along with the showcase of equipment is an important part of our fair and one of the reasons why we continue to experience great success."