ND State Fair attendance second-highest on record; next year's fair will be 50th anniversary

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MINOT, North Dakota — Attendance at this year's North Dakota State Fair fell short of last year's record but was still the second-highest in history.

The fair wrapped up its nine-day run in Minot on Saturday. Manager Renae Korslien said 314,446 people attended the festival, just shy of the 2013 record of 320,485.

"Not bad for a couple of rain-out days," she said, referring to storms last week.

Saturday's attendance boosted the total with 38,674 people passing through the gates — the second-best final-day attendance in fair history.

One of the attractions Saturday was a concert by country music star Brad Paisley that drew more than 13,000 people. That was bested only by a Florida Georgia Line concert on Thursday that drew nearly 14,000 fans.

Next year, the fair will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Staff already is working on some special activities, Marketing Director Jennifer Hubrig said.

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