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Published July 10, 2012, 05:22 PM

Red River Valley Fair kicks off in West Fargo

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It is a sure sign of Summer. The Red River Valley Fair kicks off in West Fargo.

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It is a sure sign of Summer. The Red River Valley Fair kicks off in West Fargo.

You can expect all of the traditional treats, but this year for the first time you can buy products from nearly 20 vendors made right here in North Dakota.

You can hear the rush from the rides...smell the cheese curds from a mile away...but if you take a step into the Acme Tools Tent you'll be able to taste homemade salad dressing, barbeque sauce, and rub.

Abbie Craig/Lake House Reflections: "This dressing will do almost anything, it started out as a coleslaw dressing."

Abbie Craig came all the way from Jamestown to sell her tasty Lake House Reflection treats. She started bottling and selling her Craig products about two years ago.

Abbie: "Just family meals with friends, and then people suggested that these be sold, so we did."

Sales have doubled for Craig since starting her one person business, and an opportunity to get in the Fargo market all thanks to Pride of Dakota.. makes this small business owner very happy.

Abbie: "When Fargo customers come through today and tomorrow, I can say well here it is, you can buy it from me now and get a great deal, or you can also find it in your local store soon."

One small business owner was tired of not being able to see his things in the back of his truck at night, so he invented these LED light strips, that have now solved that problem.

Justin Zich/4Z Products: "Going out working at night, you could just never see anything in the dark, you know you got to go dig a flash light or whatever, it was a time consuming thing."

Justin Zich from Mott North Dakota came up with the idea about 14 years ago. The led strip will light up the entire bed of a truck as soon as you open the tailgate. He says being able to sell his his product here in the state he loves makes all the difference.

Justin: "It's a you know basically no cost or reversed cost advertising for us, we get to get our name out there, show our products, people that haven't seen them before can see them, hopefully we will sell some too, but the biggest thing for us is just getting our product out there."

While your out enjoying the Fair fun these small business owners will be busy trying to make a name for themselves in the state where their creations were created and now being sold.

These booths are open from 11 until 8. For ticket prices, and the fair schedule, go to