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State Fair Preparations

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It's crunch time as the days wind down to the kickoff of the annual North Dakota State fair in Minot.

Kelli Volk caught up with some who are hard at work on the fairgrounds preparing for the big event.

The food stand may be closed and the sidewalks free of the normal hustle and bustle, but there is still plenty going on at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds.

Vendors and fair staff are currently setting up for opening day.

One fair vendor has been selling cowboy hats for 11 years and says he has it down to a science.

(Tony Everett, Fair Vendor, Cowboy Junk)"Shape hats, clean hats--we stock about 7,000 hats in here.

Throughout the week, vendors, rides and other exhibits will trickle in and set up for the nine-day event.

Fair officials say the set-up process is right on schedule.

(Renae Korslien, General Manager, NDSF)"We're in full swing right now. We had a lot of vendors move in this weekend. It's starting to fill up slowly but just right."

(Craig Rudland, Assistant General Manager, NDSF)"Right now we're just going through and finishing up some of the final detailed work. We're starting to set some benches out and just finishing up barns and just getting everything finalized."

For Everett, finalizing his display of hats will consume most of the week.

(Tony Everett, Fair Vendor, Cowboy Junk)"Three more solid days--sun up to sundown."

But for Everett, it's all worth it in the end.

(Tony Everett, Fair Vendor, Cowboy Junk)"It's my favorite fair to come to out of my whole season."

From the North Dakota State Fairgrounds, Kelli Volk, KX News.

The North Dakota State fair kicks off this Friday and features the Tim McGraw concert in the evening and Midnight Madness following the show.

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