Free Entertainment for Everyone

Find everything from baby chickens to alligators (not in the same cage) in the free entertainment covering the Fairgrounds every hour and every day of the 2011 North Dakota State Fair!

There is the big three, of course: the must-see Fur Traders Rendezvous in the heart of the Fairgrounds, open noon to 9 p.m.; ND Game and Fish Outdoor Skills Park right next door, open 1 to 7 p.m.; and Pioneer Village with demonstrations from noon to 8 p.m. But that is only the beginning of fun!

Stage 1 – Swampmaster Alligator Show: Starring an 8-foot, 200 pound alligator and the Swampmaster, this show has three shows daily at 2, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Stop by anytime from noon to 8 p.m. to see the alligator on display.


Kid’s Kingdom: Sponsored by Trinity Health, Kids Kingdom buzzes with excitement everyday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. as pint-size carnival rides, pony rides, a giant sandbox and clowns keep children entertained throughout the Fair. Ticket purchase is required for carnival and pony rides.


Stage 2, Jukebox Junkie: Sponsored by the Better Business Bureau, this stage stays busy every day and almost every hour of the Fair! Diva’s Through the Decades will be the star attraction calling the stage home from July 22 – 26. These ladies perform a music tribute to some of the most influential female vocalists of 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today. Take a journey through time and experience these artists’ great contribution to American musical. The Us Band will round out the Fair July 27, 28 and 30. This two piece variety act features Oldies, Rock, Country, R&B alongside guitar and fiddle. This show is full of surprises, comedy and even fire-eating! The Badlands Express will take over the stage on Friday, July 29.

Stage 3 – Lemur Land of Madagascar: Presented by  Bremer Bank, this interactive exhibit will feature both adult and baby lemurs on display all day long. There will also be three shows daily at 1:30, 4 and 7 p.m., where experienced staff will teach everyone about lemurs and their natural habitat.


Stage 4 –Daryl’s Racing Pigs: Cheer on your favorite little piggy at 12:30, 3 and 5:30 p.m.

Stage 5 – Cock-a-Doodle Zoo: Sponsored by the Grand International and open from 11a.m. to 9 p.m., this year’s petting zoo will feature, baby chicks hatching, farm animals and even a live dairy cow for kid’s to milk at 12, 2, 4, and 6pm!  


Stage 7 – Play with Gravity Motorcycle Stunt Show: Watch these riders go full throttle as they complete stunts showcasing balance, finesse and complete control of their specially-built motorcycles. Sponsored by the Vegas Motel, these riders will perform at 1, 3:30, 6:30 and 8 p.m. daily.


Flickertail Gardens Stage –Glen Everhart’ Musical Variety Show will bring his one man comedy and musical act, combining his hilarious songs and stories with marvelous musicianship and audience participation. He’ll perform at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. July 22-25. When Comic Ventriloquist David Malmberg takes the stage, he doesn’t come alone. Performing July 26 – 30 at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. he can make sounds and voices appear out of virtually anywhere!


Kid’s Clubhouse: Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Clubhouse is one place that families can’t afford to skip! This air conditioned indoor oasis is stocked with cars, play houses and tons of activities to help little ones burn off cotton-candy and Fair treats. For families with even younger kids the Comfort Zone provides a soothing quiet area for feeding and diaper changing. A special thanks to I. Keating for providing comfy furniture to the Comfort Zone.


Dakota Talent Stage: Located in the SRT State Fair Park, this stage is filled with home-grown local talent every day of the Fair and is sponsored by Expedia CruiseShipCenters. Stop by anytime, grab a seat in the shade and get ready for some of North Dakota’s finest entertainment.

The College Save Mural, located in front of the State Fair Center, is sponsored and staffed by the Bank of North Dakota’s College Save Program. Fairgoers will be given the opportunity to pick up a paintbrush and help paint this life-sized paint-by-number mural.

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