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Music takes center stage at Red River Valley Fair

Guitarists Todd Laningham (left) and Jonathan Wisinski perform with Granger Smith on the main stage of WE Fest 2016 at Soo Pass Ranch in 2016. Forum file photo

WEST FARGO — There is no shortage of attractions when this year's Red River Valley Fair opens its six-day run today.

There are the rides and the carnival games on the midway. The fried food and various edible fair fare. There's the animal attractions, ag exhibits, arts and crafts displays, the high dive show, the Air Force Performance Lab, and the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit.

But for many the big attraction are the musical acts on the mainstage.

Here's a look at who will be making some noise at this year's RRVF.

Grandstand gates open at 6 p.m., daily, with music starting at 8 p.m.

Granger Smith

Tuesday, July 11

Returning to the area for his third show in 20 months, road warrior Granger Smith comes by his dirt road ditties honestly. Or rather, as his song suggests: "If the boot Fits." The country singer will perform rockin' tonk tunes like "Backroad Song," "Country Boy Song," "Country Boy Love," "We Do it in a Field," "Tailgate Town," "Silverado Bench Seat" and more. Local country rockers 32 Below opens the show.

Hairball rocks the stage. Eric Sherman / Special to The Forum


Wednesday, July 12

Are you ready to rock? Hairball is, because that's all this group does. The Twin Cities tribute act brings the late 1970s and early '80s to the stage with hits by Van Halen, KISS, AC/DC, Mötley Crüe and more. Just don't expect the the anthem, "The Right to Rock." That belongs to opener Ron Keel, now a DJ in Sioux Falls, S.D., where he also leads the house band at Badlands Pawn.

 Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sport


Thursday, July 13

For a while LoCash was better known for their songs other people sang. After penning hits for Keith Urban ("You Gonna Fly") and Tim McGraw ("Truck Yeah"), the duo broke out on their own a few years ago with their three best charting singles, "I Know Somebody," "I Love this Life" and "Ring on Every Finger." Slamabama opens the show.

Rock band Shinedown plays the Red River Valley Fair on Friday. Special to The Forum


Friday, July 14

While they've been lumped into the nu metal scene, Shinedown has thrived mixing radio-friendly, melodramatic rock tunes ("Second Chance" and "45") with a hard rock anthems ("Sound of Madness") and classic rock inspirations ("The Crow & The Butterfly"). Young rockers

Greta Van Fleet plug in first.

Old Dominion performs "No Such Thing As A Broken Heart" at the Academy of Country Music Awards. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Old Dominion

Saturday, July 15

Old Dominion may only have one full-length album to its credit, but the country quintet has loads of material thanks to the group being a collective of Nashville hit-makers. The group will play its hits, "Shut Me up," "Break up with Him," "Snapback," and "Song for Another Time" as well as tunes from its upcoming second release. Rising country starlet, Cam, ("Burning House") opens the show.

If you go

What: The Red River Valley Fair

When: Fairground gates open at 11 a.m., with the midway opening at 1 p.m.

Where: 1805 Main Ave. W., West Fargo

Info: Admission is $15 — unlimited ride wristbands — for those 5 and older on Tuesday; Admission is $10 for ages 12 and older and $5 for children 6 to 11 Wednesday through Sunday. Concerts are free with admission. (701) 282-2200