MINOT, N.D. (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The North Dakota State Fair Board decided in an emergency meeting Saturday afternoon to cancel the 2011 North Dakota State Fair due to the continuing flooding on the Mouse River.
"Our situation has changed dramatically since just two weeks ago when we initially reviewed the National Weather Service hydrograph," says Renae Korslien, State Fair manager. "“When we were working with the earlier charts, we were certain we could hold a State Fair. But with our already tight timeline, the revised forecast and Friday’s downpour now make that an impossibility."
According to fair officials, water remains on much of the fairground, though, the State Fair Center and the new Fair Grandstand remain dry.
Artists who'd been scheduled to perform at the fair include Melissa Spelchen, Two Days Notice, Soul Shine, Eden Parker, Face For Radio, Slamabama and Ashley Buchart.
Tickets purchased using a credit card will be automatically refunded back to that account. It is not necessary to contact the Fair if a credit card was used for the purchase. Those ticket holders can expect to see a credit by July 31. Individuals who purchased tickets with cash will need to contact the North Dakota State Fair office at 701-857-7620 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Fair office will contact individuals with camping reservations by July 31. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers