Music takes center stage at Red River Valley Fair
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. https://redrivervalleyfair.com. (701) 282-2200