Top Things to Check Out this Week at the Fair!

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The North Dakota State Fair started with a bang and although we are almost halfway through, there is still a lot to do and see at the fair!  Here are some things to check out during the week.

Today, July 25, kicks off the new S.T.E.A.M Program!


S.T.E.A.M. is a new program at the Fair this year, which will focus on real-world education. The S.T.E.A.M. Education program will feature interactive classes on science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math. Each class will be at 2:00 pm, July 25-29 in Magic Place. The S.T.E.A.M. classes will show how science is applied to everyday life and how to use it to solve problems. Participants will also learn about careers in the S.T.E.A.M. related fields.
Unique to the North Dakota State Fair will be the Agriculture class. A focus of the Fair is bringing agriculture education to all fairgoers. This class will offer an interactive way for kids to see the impact of Agriculture in their everyday life.
The S.T.E.A.M. Education program is possible because of partnerships with local businesses. Each day will feature a different topic and be presented by a different organization.

Monday, July 25 – Science , Dakota College at Bottineau
Tuesday, July 26 – Technology, SRT
Wednesday, July 27 – Engineering, Ackerman Estvold
Thursday, July 28 – Agriculture, Ward County Extension Service
Friday, July 29 – Math, United Community Bank

After checking out the S.T.E.A.M. program, be sure to hit-up some of your favorite local retailers!


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52 West – Commercial Building 2
Western wear with a little boho flair! 52 West carries a variety of tops, jeans, and hats. They also carry a variety of blingy purses, wallets, jewelry, belts and other accessories.  Did we forget to mention this is the place to purchase your cowboy boots!


Dakota Chappy – Commercial Building 1
Dakota Chappy is the representation of thousands of miles traveled, countless hours of research, and the endless pursuit of offering the women of North Dakota and even the world the very best options the industry has to offer in fashion and better living products. They are professional team striving to find, design, and offer anti-fatigue wardrobe solutions for women of all ages and sizes. This year they are featuring Cool Wraps. The Cool Wraps are tiny beads inside of fabric which absorb 1,000 times their weight in water. Once the water is absorbed, you wrap them around your neck and it keep you cool. Super simple and a fair necessity!  You can find them in Commercial Building 1!


LuLu Lane – Commercial Building 3
Lulu Lane is a trendy children, maternity and lifestyle boutique located in downtown Minot, North Dakota. Their NDSF pop-up shop is equipped with all the things you may need for your child during the summer. LuLu Lane have new toys and releases into the market like the Munch Mitt and teething chew beads which will help teething babies cope on the hot summer fair days.  The children’s sunglasses will not only protect the children’s eyes but also are practically indestructible in their design.  Check them out in Commercial Building 3 through the end of the fair.

So, now you have been educated, shopped and we bet you are quite a bit hungry…. Well, you’re in luck, Little Blue Elephant, a Thai restaurant from Downtown Minot is new to the fairgrounds this year!  They have been closed due to the construction downtown but are at the fair to feature their Thai cuisine.

1st Lutheran Church is cooking up hamburgers and fries, and serving the most delicious sweet treats!  Homemade pies and ice cream, YUM! These are just a few of the amazing food options at the fairgrounds this year!  Let us know what your favorite food find is!

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