2016 North Dakota State Fair finishes off with 293,123 in attendance - August 1, 2016
Minot, ND — Another successful North Dakota State Fair comes to a close.
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2016 North Dakota State Fair finishes off with 293,123 in attendance
MINOT, N.D.--“We are so grateful to have had such a successful year at the North Dakota State Fair. In the tough economic climate of our region our attendance was down only four percent. That is truly incredible,” State Fair Manager Renae Korslien said.
Korslien went on to applaud the artists who entertained the crowds in the Grandstand, “Can you believe the amazing shows we had in our Grandstand this year?! The acts featured on our stage were more than musicians; they were performers, with beautiful sets, crowd interaction and pyrotechnics! Some of the nights that really stood out were of course, the outstanding entertainer Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen definitely brought his own kind of party to Minot and we were so honored to close out the show with the rock legends, KISS.”
Korslien was very happy with a strong attendance of 293,123. Seeing the region’s economy down over 17 percent, the Fair was very happy with attendance numbers for the year. The Grandstand lineup brought in good numbers: Fall Out Boy, 10,010; Billy Currington, 6,862; LOCASH, 4,078; Old Dominion, 5,762, Kenny Chesney, 11,342; Jake Owen, 9,152; and KISS, 9,688. Attendance at other attractions was strong with 3,633 at the Enduro, 4,343 at the Monster Trucks, 2,237 at the NPRA Bull Riding Championships over the two night competition, and 2,102 attended the ranch rodeos.
Daily special events across the grounds, the pony and horse pulls, and 4-H and FFA livestock shows also drew in large crowds. The barns were busy and full all Fair with livestock exhibits and hundreds of floriculture and horticulture entries filled the hall of the state fair center. Inside the State Fair Center you could also find everything from woodworking, to essays, to beautiful quilts. “Every year we try to create new education opportunities for our Fairgoers,” explained Korslien. “This year we featured S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math) classes presented by some of our local partners. They created hands on activities for kids that showed a different perspective of math and science.” We are very excited to see this program evolve on the Fairgrounds.”
“As we look back on our Fair, we have to extend our gratitude to the city, county, state and all the Fair fans,” said Korslien. “The State Fair would be impossible without our excellent staff, both individuals and organizations, whose passion for the Fair and pride in the work they do make every detail outstanding. The 2016 North Dakota State Fair has been another outstanding event. This truly is Where Summer Shines. The staff is now looking forward to planning the 2017 Fair which will be held July 21st- 29th.