North Dakota and Minnesota Regional Studies

American Culture


  • Our State Fair | State Fair Managers

    Hear Vern Stevick (1971-76), Jerry Iverson (1976-2006) and Bob Wagoner (2006-2009 ), the most recent fair managers, with the most growth occurring for the ND State Fair during Iverson’s long 30-year tenure. Our State Fair takes an in-depth look at the history of the North Dakota State Fair.

    Our State Fair takes an in-depth look at the history of the North Dakota State Fair. It starts with its humble beginnings in the 1920s when four different cities claimed to host the “State Fair,” to the decision by the 1965 state legislature to award the official state fair to Minot, through the immense growth of the fair in the 1970s and 1980s. The documentary focuses on the agricultural aspects of the fair, youngsters from all over the state bringing their prize animals to compete. It also reminds us of why the North Dakota State Fair is so special--and recalls the magic of the midway, the grandstand, and those memories from childhood that never fade away.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Our State Fair | Rodeo Events, Entertainment and Carnival

    Watch big-name entertainment at the grandstand which draws large crowds. The music and the rodeo, carnival, and livestock provide something for everyone. This yearly gathering of people represents the microcosm of the state itself and its rich agricultural history, and of what makes people proud to call themselves North Dakotans.

    Our State Fair takes an in-depth look at the history of the North Dakota State Fair. It starts with its humble beginnings in the 1920s when four different cities claimed to host the “State Fair,” to the decision by the 1965 state legislature to award the official state fair to Minot, through the immense growth of the fair in the 1970s and 1980s. The documentary focuses on the agricultural aspects of the fair, youngsters from all over the state bringing their prize animals to compete. It also reminds us of why the North Dakota State Fair is so special--and recalls the magic of the midway, the grandstand, and those memories from childhood that never fade away.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Our State Fair | The State Fair as a Family Agricultural Event

    From its early history and original four locations, ND State Fair has been officially located in Minot since 1965 and preserves its roots as an agricultural event for the whole family. The State Fair has humble origins, starting out as the Northwest Agriculture, Livestock, and Fair Association first held in Seotember, 1922.

    Our State Fair takes an in-depth look at the history of the North Dakota State Fair. It starts with its humble beginnings in the 1920s when four different cities claimed to host the “State Fair,” to the decision by the 1965 state legislature to award the official state fair to Minot, through the immense growth of the fair in the 1970s and 1980s. The documentary focuses on the agricultural aspects of the fair, youngsters from all over the state bringing their prize animals to compete. It also reminds us of why the North Dakota State Fair is so special--and recalls the magic of the midway, the grandstand, and those memories from childhood that never fade away.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Our State Fair | Animals, Youth and Families

    Learn how the North Dakota State Fair still focuses on youth showing their animals, and families camping out for the week, to bond and renew old friendships.

    Our State Fair takes an in-depth look at the history of the North Dakota State Fair. It starts with its humble beginnings in the 1920s when four different cities claimed to host the “State Fair,” to the decision by the 1965 state legislature to award the official state fair to Minot, through the immense growth of the fair in the 1970s and 1980s. The documentary focuses on the agricultural aspects of the fair, youngsters from all over the state bringing their prize animals to compete. It also reminds us of why the North Dakota State Fair is so special--and recalls the magic of the midway, the grandstand, and those memories from childhood that never fade away.

    Grades: 5-12

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