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Red River Valley Fair attendance numbers down from 2014

WEST FARGO - Attendance for the 2015 Red River Valley Fair was down slightly from last year.

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Alex Clark a juggling comedian from Los Angeles, Calif., tosses flaming batons for an audience of fair goers at the Red River Valley Fair in West Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

WEST FARGO – Attendance for the 2015 Red River Valley Fair was down slightly from last year.

Fair officials estimated that about 102,000 visited the 2015 Red River Valley Fair, which was Tuesday through Sunday. About 112,000 visited last year's fair.

"We are pleased with the attendance and ticket sales for 2015," General Manager Bryan Schulz said in a release. "The weather was pleasant except for a rain shower on Wednesday and some high temps on Sunday. But the crowds showed up later on those days for the evening concerts."

Murphy Brothers Carnival reported the ride sales were on track for an increase this year, but the high temps on Sunday, kept people home. Murphy Brothers numbers were slightly lower than in the past, the release said.

Schulz said this year's grandstand shows drew large crowds.

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Grandstand shows are free with gate admission. Preliminary grandstand numbers were:

• The country performances of Jackson Michelson/Dan + Shay drew about 4,000 people on Tuesday.

• On Wednesday, about 7,500 saw Hairball, an increase of 1,000 over the 1980s cover band's 2014 performance.

• On Thursday, about 7,500 came out to Lost Highway/Craig Morgan.

• Country singer Lee Brice drew the largest 2015 crowd on Friday with about 14,000 people.

• Rock performers Kaleido/Halestorm brought in 8,000 attendees.

• On Sunday, 4,000 came to see Redline/Joe Nichols.

Overall grandstand attendance was about 45,000, which was equal to 2014.

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The 2016 Red River Valley Fair will be July 12-17.

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