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“Always a good take in !”

North Dakota State Fair Center
Ranked #2 of 6 Fun & Games in Minot
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located in Minot, N.D., North Dakota State Fair Center is one of the largest showplaces in North Dakota, U.S. The center has approximately 200,000 square feet of display space and support areas host a variety of events, such as conventions and meetings, trade shows, wedding receptions, horse and livestock shows, concerts, festivals, auctions, etc. throughout the year. With over two dozen buildings and support facilities to choose from, its complex provides a full line of functional setting for any type or size of event. The center's indoor All Seasons Arena provides seating for over 6,000 people and its on-site catering and concessions service has capabilities to accommodate a sit down meal for 5 to 5,000 guests. In addition, North Dakota State Fair Center provides a wide variety of equipment on rental basis for various event requirements.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 5 August 2018

I have been to the fair a few times as my son lives in Minot, ND. Always had a good time and totally worth the $10 bucks to get in. Can get a little pricey if you have kids as there is a Carnival there as well. Do not go for the first food you see, the better stands are farther in. They do have refillable cups to save a few bucks and there are water fountains for bottles as it is hot there. Restrooms and shade are around if it is not too crowded. Have been to the first weekend and the last weekend and the first weekend is not so crowded and you get to watch the parade.

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Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

I grew up in Minot, ND so I was used to attending the State fair every year, plus working there for side money as a kid. Great memories! And Murphy Brothers Exposition never fails to put on a good midway of rides & games. I was very impressed with free parking and the reasonable gate fee for entering. The amount & diversity of food vendors was great. And they put up a very nice food court style eating area now, with picnic tables every where. Very nice! But the prices to eat or drink are out of line. $8.00 for a lemonade? That's sports arena prices. Not what a family out for a fun time at the fair should have to pay.
Plenty of rest rooms around, which is great. We got warm walking around, so we went into the All Seasons Arena to cool down, and watched the ladies barrell racing. Very entertaining, and a great way to catch a break & cool down. This fair still has the old feel to it. And it's always great to go through the animal barns and see the young ladies & young men attending their prize animals. Very friendly atmosphere across the entire fair. Highly recommended, and we are greatful for all of your hospitalities. This is what makes the North Dakota State Fair what it is. The people. Thank you Minot / Magic City for allowing this old man to revisit such a grand affair, and to share it this time with my teenage grand daughter. Absolutely wonderful.

1  Thank Todd O
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Great flea market with many different vendors with interesting items. Prices were reasonable. Items ranged from advertising memorabilia to home made baking. Cheap admission - $1. Fun couple of hours and went home with some treasures!

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Reviewed 28 August 2017

We spent several hours walking around in this place. It was nice and a great way to spend the day. I love when the thrift and vendor sales are held here.

1  Thank Donna F
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NDStateFair, Public Relations Manager at North Dakota State Fair Center, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

Thanks for discovering the State Fair Center Donna! We work everyday to bring Minot unique shows, shopping, and entertainment all year round. We hope to see you back to experience the incredible Scandinavian heritage festival Høsfest, September 27-30!

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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

We attended the North Dakota State Fair the first 5 days, a few hours each day. There is something for everyone. Several free stages with good entertainment, three commercial buildings for everything from children's clothing to flag poles. The midway is small but entertaining. The entertainment is fresh each night and they tell me really good country western. Of course the food court is fun with ______ deep fried on a stick, mini donuts, cheese curds, Hawaiian shave ice and many more. Go out for a night, enjoy the beautiful weather, and eat some fair food.

1  Thank Paul O
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NDStateFair, Public Relations Manager at North Dakota State Fair Center, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2017

We're glad you had a great experience at the 2017 North Dakota State Fair Paul! We hope you'll visit again in the fall or winter months, where the State Fair Center hosts countless events for young and old year round. The Norsk Høstfest is September 27-30, and a wonderful celebration of Scandinavian culture.

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