WEST FARGO — After a summer with no fair food, rides or 4-H competitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Red River Valley Fair is back for 2021 and it's not too late to enjoy some of the fair's best offerings as it runs through Sunday, July 18.

Riders scream as they go upside down on the Fire Ball attraction on the Crabtree Entertainment Midway on Sunday, July 11.
David Samson / The Pioneer
Riders scream as they go upside down on the Fire Ball attraction on the Crabtree Entertainment Midway on Sunday, July 11. David Samson / The Pioneer

The RRVF opened Friday, July 9. The midway opens at 1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and noon Friday through Sunday. Closing time is determined each night by the carnival and crowd size.

Fair goers walk past the patriotic hay bales on Monday, July 12. David Samson / The Pioneer
Fair goers walk past the patriotic hay bales on Monday, July 12. David Samson / The Pioneer

RRVF CEO Cody Cashman said July 9 that fair attendance was already rolling in and keeping staff busy. He hopes for mild weather to continue throughout the fair's 10 days.

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The Kite Flyer midway attraction is assembled on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, for the Red River Valley Fair that opens Friday. David Samson / The Forum
The Kite Flyer midway attraction is assembled on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, for the Red River Valley Fair that opens Friday. David Samson / The Forum

The fair's annual concert series at the grandstand stage continues this week with Hairball, the 80s hair band tribute group that will perform Wednesday, July 14.

Greg Grant from Mapleton and Darcy Holm from Fargo look over the midway from the Giant Wheel attraction on Sunday.
David Samson / The Pioneer
Greg Grant from Mapleton and Darcy Holm from Fargo look over the midway from the Giant Wheel attraction on Sunday. David Samson / The Pioneer

Lonestar is slated for Thursday July 15. Weekend performers will be Ratt, Quiet Riot and Kix on Friday, July 16, and Trace Adkins on Saturday, July 17.

The fair will wrap up Sunday, July 18, with auto racing.

Grandstand tickets include gate admission the day of the show, and tickets will need to be scanned at the fair entrance the day of attendance.

A Belgian d'Uccle owned by Abigail Perez from the Triple C 4-H club was a grand champion award winner.
David Samson / The Pioneer
A Belgian d'Uccle owned by Abigail Perez from the Triple C 4-H club was a grand champion award winner. David Samson / The Pioneer

Gates open at 6 p.m. for the grandstand shows, and showtimes are 8 p.m., except the monster truck show, which will begin at 7 p.m.

4-H English riders get ready to compete in their event on Monday, July 12.
David Samson / The Pioneer
4-H English riders get ready to compete in their event on Monday, July 12. David Samson / The Pioneer

Free entertainment with the Ninja Experience, swine races and STEM Center will also be scattered throughout the fair. Performances will also be held on the free Petro Serve stage.

The Swifty Swine racing pigs delight the audience on Monday, July 12. David Samson / The Pioneer
The Swifty Swine racing pigs delight the audience on Monday, July 12. David Samson / The Pioneer

General admission for the fair is $12 for ages 12 and up, $6 for ages 6 – 11 and free for children under ages 5 and under.

Styx fires up the crowd as they perform their classic hits from the grandstand stage on Sunday, July 11.
David Samson / The Pioneer
Styx fires up the crowd as they perform their classic hits from the grandstand stage on Sunday, July 11. David Samson / The Pioneer

On Wednesday, July 14, unlimited rides will be available for $10 off with the donation of three nonperishable food items at the gate.

Thursday, July 15, is BOGO daily ride pass: buy one daily ride pass, get one free.

For more information about the fair, visit www.redrivervalleyfair.com.