The heat of summer is upon us.
And that means it's time to start focusing on something cool in our future - the North Dakota State Fair.
Emily Medalin reports this year's fair will have something new at it's heart.
With the North Dakota State Fair less than a month away, these next few weeks can get pretty busy for fair workers.
Since the flood, they have been working on not only restoring old exhibits, but also coming up with some new ones.
A new addition to the fair this year will be a food drive held in the lobby of the All Seasons Arena throughout the week.
(Jennifer Hubrig, NDSF Marketing Director) "That will be an exhibit that is a combine made out of 15,000 cans, and those cans will be donated to the great plains food bank following the fair."
Another exhibit opening this year is the Historical Pioneer Village that was devastated by the flood of 2011, and is having it's grand re-opening now.
Besides the new displays, the week will be filled with enduro races, rodeos, concerts and more.
And with our growing population, the fair this year is expected to be bigger than ever.
(Jennifer Hubrig, NDSF Marketing Director) "I think it's definitely going to give opportunities for people to have more fun and enjoy new things at the fair. And hopefully they'll want to come out and take in more than one day, and maybe even all nine days."
With more and more people attending the fair each year, running out of space can be a problem.
(Emily Medalen, KX Reporter) "I'm standing in the area known as the midway of the North Dakota State Fairgrounds. And though it may look empty right now, fair officials say that there will be more rides than ever, and it'll be expanded to the east."
(Jennifer Hubrig, NDSF Marketing Director) "We are expanding our carnival. We're adding 13 rides and we are really excited about that. More rides and lots of fun."
The fair this year will be Friday, July 19th, to Saturday, July 27th.
In Minot, Emily Medalen, KX News.
Fair officials say grandstand tickets are selling fast.