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Fair Clean Up

Fair Clean Up

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Good Evening, thank you for joining us, I'm Gary Brode.

Yesterday was the last day of the 46th annual North Dakota State Fair, a week of pure entertainment for everyone.

But what were the past nine days like for those who dedicated their time to keeping the grounds clean?

Emily Medalen takes us to the fairgrounds with the story.

Another fair has come and gone, and fair officials are saying this was one of the best they've ever had.

With the expansion of the midway, opening of the historical village and grandstand lineup, everything came together for a week full of activities for everyone.

(Ted Buzunis, Vice President of Public Relations) "It's like a cake, everything has to bake together. Of course, the weather was fantastic. We got a beautiful run and beautiful weather, and I think it was probably the best state fair in a long time that we've had. I know we broke some records."

While most of us get to go out and enjoy the entertainment the fair has to offer, it's easy to forget about the people who lose a lot of sleep during the fair week to keep everything clean.

Every night when crowds start to leave, clean up from that day's activities begins.

And starting last night at around midnight, crews began work not only tearing down rides and stands, but wiping down restrooms top to bottom, and getting all the trash ready for recycling.

(Ted Buzunis, Vice President of Public Relations) "We work together. It's all teamwork. It's like a football team. It's all logistics and teamwork. Everybody has a job to do, and you do your job and it gets done. It's hard, long hours, and hard work."

164 acres is a lot to keep in good condition, but it's the camaraderie of it all that keeps workers coming back.

(Ted Buzunis, Vice President of Public Relations) "Well, we work long, hard hours. We come in, we set up, and we work. But I enjoy this work. I enjoy people. You meet all kinds of people. From entertainers, to politicians.. You know, you deal with the spectrum of humanity here."

With Friday's rain bringing down attendance slightly, it was still one of the biggest turnouts in the 46 years of the state fair.

(Ted Buzunis, Vice President of Public Relations) "North Dakota people love the North Dakota State Fair. It's a great tradition."

In Minot, I'm Emily Medalen for KX News.

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