WEST FARGO - The Murphy Brothers rides are up at the Red River Valley Fair, but there's something else moving across the skyline at the West Fargo fairgrounds.
A 9-foot tall robot by the name of Max Power will be roaming the grounds to greet visitors.
A friendly cyborg isn't the only thing new to this year's Red River Valley Fair, which opens today. Here's a look at some of the things likely to create a buzz at the big event.
We just can't get over the name. Or the notion of a 9-foot-tall talking robot. (Spoiler alert, there is a person inside.)
"A lot of people are excited about him. It's really fun if you have a 3-year-old standing next to him," says Katy Stenerson, sponsorship and marketing coordinator for the RRVF Association.
Looking something like a green and white Transformer, Max Power's website bills him as, "the BIGGEST, newest, most advanced strolling act in the fair industry."
Stenerson has seen him at work and says he talks, poses for pictures, dances and interacts with guests.
"I just don't think he has the talent to juggle," she says.
Max Power doesn't need to juggle with the balancing act Alléz-OOPS around. The married couple give acrobatics and dancing a vaudeville treatment, like juggling on stilts.
"They're a fun duo that does a little bit of everything," Stenerson says.
The couple that plays together stays together.
Action Sports Live
The Midway is the place to go for games and rides, but there's one bunch of rides you'll have to just sit back and watch. Action Sports Live brings a flair for the X Games to the RRVF with motocross and BMX bikes and skateboarders making thrilling daredevil leaps and tricks.
"It's a fun thrill show with these guys doing flips and jumps on that," Stenerson says. "It's like a slice of the X Games."
The stunts start at 2, 4 and 6:30 p.m. with noon shows on Friday and Saturday.
For some fun that's a little more fur-raising than hair-raising, check out Waterbark on the north end of the fairgrounds. Dogs become acrobats and stunt divers and humans show off some high-flying thrills on the trampoline and trapeze.
"It's amazing to see what the dogs can do and what the people can do as well," Stenerson says.
There are pretty much two kinds of music at the RRVF: country and hard rock. The classic Nashville act Sawyer Brown brings its string of hits to the Grandstand Stage tonight to kick things off, followed by post-grunge band Bush. Aaron Watson and High Valley form a one-two country punch on Thursday, followed by rapidly rising stars, Brothers Osborne on Friday. Head-bangers Seether are the final musical act on Saturday as Sunday gives way to racing.
"We are expecting very busy Friday and Saturday nights," Stenerson says.
"It's a great deal for a concert. You can't see a concert for $10 any more," she says, referring to the grandstand shows being free with gate admission.
IF YOU GO
What: Red River Valley Fair
When: Fairground gates open at 11 p.m., today - Sunday, midway opens at 1 p.m.
Where: Red River Valley Fairgrounds, 1805 Main Ave W, West Fargo
Info: Free admission from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., weekdays, otherwise gate admission is $15 today for ages 5 and older, which includes an unlimited ride wristband. All other days admission is $10 for ages 12 and older, $5 for ages 6 to 11 and free for ages 5 and younger. https://redrivervalleyfair.com.
Traffic: The I-94 Exit #343 (Main Avenue West) will be open for traffic in both directions. RRVF recommends people use I-94 or Main Avenue to access the Fairgrounds. Avoid using Sheyenne Street or 13th Avenue.