July 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
People looking for a fun time at the fair had plenty of choices last week in the Fargo-Moorhead area, and it’s expected to show up in the Red River Valley Fair’s attendance figures.
Tags: Fair, fairs, Fargo, fargo street fair, Red River Valley Fair, West Fargo 7 Comments »
people only have so much money to spend; back to school is coming up and everything associated with that may take priority; plus, our minimum wage, part-time economy here also figures in!
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I remember when the RRVF was as big or bigger than the ND State fair, lets ask ourselves why this is….. 1. NO Fair anywhere is as boring due to the lack of entertainment on the midway. 2. Food at the RRVF was worse than in years past, no idea why, but quality was down. 3. (the most important) MUSIC NEEDS TO IMPROVE! I mean go out and sign a big name act for 6 of the 9 days of the fair. NOT Everyone likes 80’s bands and new country music. 4. Safety Concerns: I feel like if I sit in the beer garden I might get punched at anytime,especially on the country music night. 5. It feels Cheep and Cheesy. I don’t want to feel like I need to wash my hands after I touch a carny ride or a railing.
Overall Music needs to improve, this will fix your attendance issues.Think about it, your best selling musical act this year was a 80’s Cover Band? Really? Why?
My only advise is to expand your musical selections and spend some MONEY on the bands. Advice: Just copy the lineup at the MN State Zoo and you will make money. Trust me.
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I remember when the RRVF was located just east of the Fargo Dome. It was in August and was great. Speaking of food, a lot of churches had their own food building with home made food, Mm Good.
The crowds were large and it lasted for two weeks. The midway had lots of sideshows, rides, entertainment and of course the Gooische Gooische Girls; of course I never went in to see them, Not!
Besides the RRV Fair, there also were two or three carnivals a year that came to Fargo and set up at the fair grounds.
The reason I liked it in August was that teh chance or rain was less and it was nice and warm. Farmers and ever home vegetable grower brought in their prise vegetable, and were judged.
There was no country or rock music back in those fair days. There was horse racing, tractor pulls, and the best was the Joey Chitwood Car Show, they were great.
So I do not think music is the only draw, the people and the communities have to get involved, like the churches did in the past. One gets what they make happen.
As a child they were the best memories I have had, and I still think back at the good times I had. I still remember my mother and I sneaking under the fence to get in. That was a hoot.
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It was a bit much this year at one time, especially with all this coming right after a holiday where so many of us travel.
If they were spread out throughout the summer, our family likely would have made 3 of the events. As it was, we only made one because it just gets to be too hectic and redundant otherwise.
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Common theme… the food, one or the other. Fair didn’t promote that much either…Monster trucks were in town?? Little river band?
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$7 gate admission was too extreme and people couldn’t afford it.
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I heard that several rides were broken, not running, or just not as many good rides as years gone by.
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