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Published May 31, 2013, 05:59 PM

North Dakota Corn Growers Association is sponsoring Flex Fuel Fridays

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- With gas prices still hovering near four dollars, any break in price is appreciated.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- With gas prices still hovering near four dollars, any break in price is appreciated.

But gas for $2.99 in Fargo today wasn't exactly bringing in crowds.

Through mid-July the North Dakota Corn Growers Association is sponsoring Flex Fuel Fridays at area Petro Serve Stations, offering E85 for just $2.99 a gallon.

It didn't bring in a ton of people, but they say spreading the word is part of why they are doing this.

Shannon Norton says using E-30 in his Ford F150 saves him about thirty cents a gallon.

It runs on Flex Fuel, or ethanol-blended gas.

Shannon Norton- Drives a Flex Fuel Vehicle: "I come in and try to save a little more money, putting E-30 in my truck. Ethanol is a good product, I believe in it."

And at this trip to the pump, he's saving even more.

The North Dakota Corn Growers Association gave him an extra thirty-cents off on Flex Fuel Friday, a promotion they are running at Petro Serve stations through mid-July.

Michael Howe- ND Corn Growers Association: "With the summer driving season kicking off, we figured it was a good way to get ethanol awareness out."

But rather than lining up at the pump, customers taking advantage of that promotion were trickling in.

To use ethanol, you have to have a Flex Fuel vehicle, signified by a yellow gas cap or a sticker on the bumper.

Many newer GM and Ford vehicles can use the fuel.

Howe: "Talking to people, they're not even aware they drive a flex fuel vehicle. A lot of people see the yellow cap on their car and they don't really know why."

Flex Fuel vehicles typically get about 25-30 percent fewer miles per gallon.

But the corn growers association says the fuel also burns cleaner and boosts engine performance.

And Norton says he sees the difference right on his receipts.

Howe: "If you're complaining about gas prices, there is a cheaper alternative."

The Corn Growers Association hopes more people come in as word spreads every Friday through July when they run the same promotion.

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