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Fireworks, Thrill Rides and Jet Fighters Abound in July in North Dakota
Post Date: Jun 30 2015

By ND Commerce Tourism Division
For half a century, the North Dakota State Fair has been providing midsummer thrills, chills and musical entertainment. This year’s 50th anniversary promises even more excitement. Get July off to a great start at your community’s Fourth of July celebration and close things out at the Fargo Airsho. To find more information about these activities, and for a complete list of events, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.
 
Mandan Rodeo Days
Mandan
July 2-4
Three action-packed professional rodeo performances annually on July 2-4 plus Art In the Park, concerts, dancing, baseball and the biggest and best Fourth of July parade and fireworks celebration in the Northern Plains! www.mandanrodeo.com; 701-751-2983
 
Medora Summer Concert Series – Gwen Sebastian
Medora
July 4
Start your Fourth of July celebration with a bang as Gwen Sebastian takes the stage of the Burning Hills Amphitheatre. www.medora.com/do/entertainment/medora-country-concert-series/; 701-623-4444
 
Red River Valley Fair
West Fargo
July 7-12
Exhibits, livestock, live bands nightly, midway shows and food and entertainment to include Lee Brice, Joe Nichols, Craig Morgan, Hairball and more. www.redrivervalleyfair.com; 701-282-2200
 
Ryan Keplin Summer Fest
Rolette
July 10-12
Metis celebration that will get your heart pumping with jigging, fiddling, square dancing, evening entertainment, dancing, workshops and children’s activities. www.ryankeplin.com; 701-477-9479
 
Great Western Exposition
Forth Abraham Lincoln State Park, Mandan
July 10-12
Take part in this family event showcasing the military history of Fort Abraham Lincoln and North Dakota. www.parkrec.nd.gov/parks/falsp/falsp.html; 701-667-6340
 
White Cloud’s Birthday/Tantanka Festival
Jamestown
July 10-12
Celebrate White Cloud's birthday with city-wide activities, including a kids' carnival, Wild West Shoot-Out, car show, parade, street dance, pancake breakfast, free cake, and more. www.discoverjamestownnd.com/; 701-252-8648
 
Hands on History
Knife River Indian Villages, Stanton
July 11-18
Learn about the Native American way of making pottery, quillwork and jewelry in a hands-on way at the historic site. www.nps.gov/knri/index.htm; 701-745-3300
 
Drayton Riverfest
July 16-19
Drayton
Fun summer tradition celebrating hometown spirit with family activities and Rib cook-off competition.
 
Fargo’s Downtown Street Fair
Fargo
July 17-18
Enjoy blocks of outdoor booths lining the streets featuring handmade arts and crafts, awesome food and great entertainment in historic downtown Fargo. www.fmdowntown.com; 701-242-1570
 
Ukrainian Festival
Dickinson
July 17-18
This annual ethnic celebration includes concerts, dancing, Ukrainian meals, educational seminars and more. www.ucitoday.org/uci/vytaiemo-welcome.html; 701-483-1486
 
North Dakota State Fair
Minot
July 17-25
The North Dakota State Fair celebrates its 50th anniversary with nine nights of exciting entertainment, including Aerosmith, plus a vast array of unique food vendors, an exciting midway and displays and side shows throughout the grounds. www.ndstatefair.com; 701-857-7620   
 
Taylor Horse Fest
Taylor
July 25-26
Saddle up and take part in this annual event that is all about the horse culture. Activities include a parade of horses and horse-drawn equipment, craft vendors, draft horse pulls, driving competitions, demonstrations, cowboy shooting, live music and more. http://taylorhorsefest.com/; 701-974-4210
 
Fargo Airsho
July 25-26
Fargo
The United States Navy Blue Angels headline exciting aerial performances in the skies over Hector International Airport. Other exhibitions include Franklin’s Flying Circus, Paul Stender, Skip Stewart, Lt. Col. John Klatt and Sky Dive Fargo. www.fargoairsho.com/; 701-293-8043
 
These are just a few of North Dakota activities and events taking place in July. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.
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