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Published July 08, 2010, 09:53 AM

2010 Red River Valley Fair looks to build on last year's success

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Gates open tomorrow for the 2010 Red River Valley Fair. Vendors are busy today, setting up rides, food stands and other attractions. Tonight, we have a sneak peak for you. What to look forward to and why organizers are calling this year's fair better than ever.

The goal for the 2010 Red River Valley Fair is to keep the good momentum from last year's fair going and one way organizers are doing that is to bring in new and exciting family attractions, like the Days of the Dinosaur.

The attraction is put on by an Argentinean group, it's the first time the act has been in the USA. Parents can take their kids through the tour to see many different types of dinosaurs. The realistic dino-mannequins even roar.

Outside, the familiar favorite rides are back, provided by Murphy Brother's Carnival. Fair organizers paid close attention to focus groups and what they wanted. They're providing more family friendly events, and better deals for gate admission, trying to get more people in the doors.

“We are trying to bring back the fair into this area. Numbers were down a few years ago, we were up at 90 thousand, and last year we were at 125. You know, 140 that'd be awesome this year.”

Another new family event this year is the Garcia Family Circus. They perform three times a day, doing acts like the human cannonball and the wheel of death.

Ticket prices for the fair are seven dollars for adults, three for children, and free for children under the age of five. Admission is free from 11 to one, Monday thru Friday.