The Stutsman County Fair will feature a "state fair" caliber set of rides when it opens Wednesday, according to Theodore Buzunis, vice president of public relations for Murphy Brothers Expositions.
"This community has always been very supportive of the fair," Buzunis said. "It is the finest county fair in the region. Bar none."
The rides will include things like the Surf Shack and a big drop tower along with several other spectacular rides and nine kiddie rides for children.
The midway's expanded selection of rides is due to an affiliation between Crabtree Amusements and Murphy Brothers Expositions. The midway in Jamestown this week will be the same show that will be at the North Dakota State Fair later this summer, Buzunis said.
"The Crabtree Carnival affiliation with Murphy Brothers carnival lets us bring rides that haven't been here in the past," Buzunis said. "We'll hit all the major fairs in North Dakota and South Dakota and then start working south."
Jim Exner, fair board member, said there is a lot to see off the midway as well.
"The alligators are coming back," he said, referring to the Gator Boys Road Show that was last at the Stutsman County Fair in 2016.
Jimmie Riffle headlines the show that presents information on alligators and other animals from the Everglades. Riffle had hosted a television show titled "Gator Boys" on the Animal Planet Network prior to 2016. The show costs $3 for people age 7 and older and is open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily through the fair.
People can also take in the James River Rodeo which holds competitions at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the Weiner Dog Races at 1 p.m. Saturday, and the second annual Regional Corn Hole Tournament is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday.
Stock car races are also featured Saturday. People who purchase their race track admission tickets in advance get free admission to the fairgrounds on Saturday.
Music fans will enjoy the sounds of Trip Wire at 8 p.m. Wednesday, The Johnny Holm Band at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, IV Play at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Truvail at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. The musical acts can be enjoyed from the beer garden or from the free seating area.
Through the entire fair, 4-H and other exhibitors will compete in livestock and other categories. A new display in the Home and Hobby building this year will showcase ribbons won by Harry Klose in horse events during the 1930s at the Stutsman County Fair that were donated to the fair by his family.
Fair food is always an attraction and includes vendors on the midway associated with the carnival and independent vendors in a separate area.
"This year we have a new vendor offering pork chops on a stick," Exner said.
General admission to the Stutsman County Fair is $5 for adults and $2 for children age 7 to 12. Children 6 and younger are admitted free. The midway operates from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. each day with other events as scheduled.
"We have something for everyone," Exner said.
More information is available at the Stutsman County Fair Facebook page at https://bit.ly/2KBBWmJ.