After a year with no state fair, the fairgrounds in Minot are again buzzing.
The 2012 North Dakota State Fair began this morning, nearly two years after the last time the fair was held.
Of course, the major flooding last year caused the cancellation of the 2011 event.
But this year, organizers are excited to be back - and optimistic about attendance after selling out tickets for the country music show pass.
Jennifer Thorgramson is with us now live to take a look at what's happening...
The fair has a lot to offer this year with a number of new vendors that have fun and exciting opportunities to offer.
Our very own Jordan Pederson got right in on that action today... showing us a little action on the farm.
Gone are they days of the family farm..where kids grew up with everyday chores like milking the cows and gathering the eggs
(Connie Boger, Owner, Animal Specialties) "This is what it was like years and years and years ago on the family farms."
So in an effort to bring back farm basics 101 Connie Boger and her husband decided to bring the farm to the fair.
(Connie Boger, Owner, Animal Specialties) "We believe in education and we believe in hands on education has proven to be the best way."
And what better way to get hands on experience... than to milk a cow for the first time.
Finding my rhythm didn't take long.. but my aim was a little off..
The Cockadoodle farm has over 200 animals
Some are small...
Others are tall...
Some are shy..
Where others steal the show.
But horns, hooves, or feathers... they are all friendly
(Connie Boger, Owner, Animal Specialties) "Everything in here is attention loving. They really like the attention given to them. They liked to be petted, they like to be touched, they like to be fed. It didn't take them long to learn what this business was all about."
One of the main attractions at the North Dakota State Fair this year is Harley, the 1300 pound pig.
(Connie Boger, Owner, Animal Specialties) "It is just really important, we feel, to educate. This is educating in a way that people aren't really realizing they are being educated."
Jordan Pederson, KX News.
The Cock-A-Doodle Zoo will be here everyday during the State Fair from 11 am to 9 pm.
Milking a cow is open to the public at noon, 2, 4 and 6 pm daily.