Are you planning a visit to the Red River Valley fair in Fargo, North Dakota? Then you should be aware of the very steep prices you are going to pay. There is a lot to do at the fair, as long as you have the money to spend.
The fair is open for a whole week in July, with entertainment from concerts to monster trucks. There is a carnival, farm exhibits, and lots and lots of greasy food. There are different forms of entertainment every day and, if you so choose, you can buy a mega pass for $60, which includes all of the rides, or a fun pack for $40 if you don’t like the rides. VIP parking is $3, but the rest of the parking is about a minute longer walk (and it’s free).
If you just plan on visiting for the day, or a few hours, you still need to pay an admission fee of $7 for adults, $3 for juniors, and kids get in free. Personally, I thought it was a bit outrageous to pay $7 just to get in, when I was only there long enough to go on one ride, check out a couple exhibits, and eat some food.
Red River Valley Fair Exhibits
This is usually the first thing I do at any fair. This year at Fargo’s Red River Valley Fair, I really enjoyed the chicken and bird exhibits – they had the tiniest baby chicks (some of which were still hatching from the eggs!). There were other farm animals, as well, from horses to a huge pig and her piglets. I also enjoyed the dinosaur exhibit, which featured some life-sized dinosaurs that actually moved and made loud roaring noises.
Red River Valley Fair Rides
There are quite a few rides to choose from; I forget the names of most of the rides now. Of course, there are children’s rides like the carousel and a Ferris wheel – but my favorite is the tilt-a-whirl. Most of the rides at the Red River Valley Fair cost five coupons (which are a dollar a piece), while a few are only four. So for two people to go on one ride, you will probably end up paying $10. If it hadn’t been for the $7 entry fee, I would have probably gone on one or two more rides.
Red River Valley Fair Food
Since I hadn’t eaten dinner, I wanted to try all the Red River Valley fair food…the mini donuts, fresh squeezed lemonade, tacos, cotton candy, and the sno cones. However, since my budget didn’t allow, I settled on some cheese curds for $5 and the “world’s finest strawberry smoothie” for $4. The smoothie was pretty good – not the world’s finest, in my opinion – but I swear the cheese curds nearly caused a heart attack.
The Red River Valley Fair in Fargo, North Dakota isn’t very exciting if you don’t have much time or money to spend. If you have an unlimited pass, it could be quite fun, though. Before heading out to the fair, make sure it’s going to be worth your time – check out the schedule at the Red River Valley Fair’s website.
Red River Valley Fair
1805 West Main Avenue
West Fargo, ND 58078
Main Office: 701-282-2200