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Published July 24, 2012, 09:45 AM

North Dakota State Fair expects record attendance

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota State Fair is on pace to break the attendance record set in 2010.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota State Fair is on pace to break the attendance record set in 2010.

Marketing director Jennifer Ashley told the Minot Daily News that almost 120,000 people attended in the first three days. That's more than the 2010 pace, a year when a record 308,641 people went through the gates.

The State Fair was canceled last summer for the first time in nearly half a century after the Souris River flooded a large portion of Minot including the fairgrounds.

Ashley said she's expecting a lot of pent-up demand from people who missed the fair last year.

A $15 million, 7,200-seat grandstand was built in 2010 and concerts there are doing well this year, Ashley said.

Kid Rock brought in 14,887 as the State Fair's opening act Friday. On Saturday, the Zac Brown Band drew 14,307, and on Sunday Luke Bryan had 11,967.

Ashley said the weather during the State Fair has been good, which has helped with attendance.

"We've been blessed with a couple of beautiful days and a great weekend," Ashley said.

The fair runs through Saturday.

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