UPDATE AS OF 5.11.2020

Following the recommendation of the North Dakota Department of Health, the Red River Valley Fair Executive Board of Directors has adhered to the recommendation and voted to cancel the 2020 Fair due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety and health of everyone involved is our utmost priority. We look forward to greater days ahead with the Big Iron Farm Show September 15 – 17. We look forward to seeing everyone July 13 – 18, 2021. We appreciate your support during these unprecedented times.

UPDATE AS OF 5.4.2020

Beginning on May 4, 2020 the lobby at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds will be open. 

The Red River Valley Fairgrounds will take direction from the Cass County Health Department and the North Dakota Department of Health with navigating the coronavirus pandemic.

All visitors to the Fairgrounds are required to wear face masks. No children or pets are allowed at the Fairgrounds. All visitors to the Fairgrounds must ring the door bell in lobby and a Red River Valley Fair employee will meet you in the lobby. All deliveries must be made between 8 am and 4:30 pm.

If you have questions, please call the Red River Valley Fair office at 701.282.2200.

We know the news and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) may have you wondering about current travel plans and future entertainment options including the Red River Valley Fair and other events held on the Fairgrounds.

Our top priority is the health, safety, and well being of the public, our Fairgoers, entertainers, volunteers, and staff. Like many organizations and individuals, we are monitoring the situation and assessing any new impacts and updates on a daily basis.

With current health and safety protocols in place, we continue to be vigilant by regularly cleaning all public areas and providing access to hand washing and hand sanitizer locations.

The recommendations for everyday preventive actions includes:

  • Staying home when sick
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Following proper coughing etiquette
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

If you have a compromised immune system, please check with your health care provider to determine your own risks before attending events or traveling.

For a complete list of prevention and treatment from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention visit:

November 20 – 22                 F-M Kennel Club Agility Trials       Cancelled

December 4 -6                       F-M Kennel Club Agility Trials       Cancelled

February 2021                       Sugar Valley Toy Show                       Cancelled; Postponed to February 2022


During the Fair, ATMs are located conveniently throughout the fairgrounds. Exact locations are noted on the free grounds maps available at the Fair Information Building during the Fair.

During the off-season, an ATM is located in the Schollander Pavilion, Hartl Building and in the Grandstand Area.


During the Fair, the Essentia Health Baby Care Center is located in the Hartl Building.

The Essentia Health Baby Care Center is available to take care of your little ones for diaper changing, nursing and feeding. In addition to the Essentia Health Baby Care Center, baby changing stations can be found in all restrooms on grounds.


The Red River Valley Fair Association prohibits unauthorized operation or use of any unmanned aerial vehicle on or above the Red River Valley Fairgrounds.

This includes all Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, commonly known as “drones,” regardless of commercial or recreational purpose. Any UAV(s) observed at or near the Red River Valley Fairgrounds will be reported to local law enforcement and the Federal Aviation Administration. Please be advised that violation of this policy will result in immediate ejection from the Red River Valley Fair Association’s premises and may subject the violator to a criminal trespass warning or arrest for those who fail to comply.


You can re-enter the Fair on the same day as long as you get your hand stamped before exiting the gates.


Free maps and brochures, including entertainment schedules, are available at the Fair’s Information Building.

In addition, the friendly, knowledgeable staff inside this building pride themselves on knowing the answer to every question and helping to make your visit more enjoyable.  If they don’t know the answer, they will find it out for you!


The Lost & Found station is located at the Information Building.

Anyone looking for lost articles should check at this location during the Fair from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. or call (701) 282-2200.

Items found between 9:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. should be turned in at the Sheriff’s Building.


The Medical Aid stations provide first aid for minor ailments, all six days of the Fair.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department provides security services at all times the Fair is open.


Magic Money is an electronic token system held on Magic Money Cards or Wristbands. These cards are re-loadable and reusable, so they can be used each day of the Fair. Cards can be purchased on grounds throughout the Midway and can be reloaded using the Magic Money App, Magic Money Kiosks or Magic Money Stations. Cards can be purchased in increments of your choice and reloaded for any amount.


The Mega Ride Pass is non-transferable and not valid in conjunction with any other promotion or discounts. The Mega Ride Pass is good for one person only.

If for some reason you must remove the band (work, sports, etc.), we will replace it. You must bring the original band with the RFID chip fully intact to the Crabtree Amusements Office. The original owner of the band must be present to receive a new one.


During the six days of the Red River Valley Fair, pets are not allowed on the fairgrounds, with the exception of service dogs defined by the ADA or animals approved as part of an exhibition. Service dogs are those that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability.

During the non-fair period, pets are welcome provided they are confined or on a leash, no longer than six feet. For some non-fair events, however, pets may not be allowed. Contact the Special Events Coordinator at the Fair Office at (701) 282-2200 for information on specific events.


The Fair will remain open as long as possible during bad weather. At times, it may become necessary to temporarily close some rides if conditions are deemed unsafe to operate, but will reopen as soon as possible. This is determined by the Murphy Brothers Exposition and the Red River Valley Fair.


The Red River Valley Fair Association strives to accommodate everyone who visits.  For the comfort of all, conveniently designated smoking areas have been established within the Fairgrounds.  Smoking and use of e-cigarettes/vaping is permitted only in those areas, which are denoted on the Fairgrounds maps and with signs at designated locations.  In addition, to those designated areas, Red River Valley Fair parking lots and campgrounds are also locations where smoking is permitted. The Red River Valley Fairground is a non-smoking facility.


During the six days of the Red River Valley Fair, wheelchairs can be borrowed, with a picture ID at the Information Building, located on the fairgrounds.

Strollers can be rented at the Information Building, located on the fairgrounds.