The North Dakota State Fair was recently awarded a grant for $69,600 from ND Tourism to improve additional campsites added to the Fairgrounds. The purpose of the ND Tourism Infrastructure Grant is to provide the state of North Dakota with additional lodging options making it possible to increase the amount of tourists.
In the case of Hostfest and the State Fair the growth of these events is limited by the lodging available for guests traveling from outside of North Dakota and the United States. Minot hotels are currently running at an occupancy rate of 96%. In order to provide additional places for event attendees to stay, the North Dakota State Fair added 214 new camping sites to its Fairgrounds in 2011. The State Fair received grant funding to cover half of the cost to further develop these sites through the addition of street lights and recycled asphalt.
Providing additional locations for visitors to stay will help attract new visitors to the region as well as allow visitors to stay longer while strengthening North Dakota and the region as a travel destination. The camping sites are available for six months, May – October, during prime camping and vacation season in North Dakota.
Events held on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds attract travelers from throughout North Dakota, Canada and the central United States. Once travelers arrive and have access to affordable accommodations, such as camping, they have a place to stay for as long as they like while exploring North Dakota. The average room night in Minot is currently $109, making camping a much more affordable option.