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About the Foundation

The North Dakota State Fair Foundation, established in 2010, is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. The Foundation exists to preserve and enhance the North Dakota State Fair, and all that it encompasses, for posterity.  Through partnerships with donors, we are committed to advance the programs, facilities and rich tradition that only the North Dakota State Fair can offer.

History of the North Dakota State Fair

The Fair in Minot was first held in Minot in 1922 but was not officially sanctioned by the state government until 1965. In 1963, 14 cities were invited to bid for the official State Fair site. The highlights of the Magic City helped Minot win the bid. Minot had the most central location in North Dakota, the best attendance of any of the competing Fairs, and the best planned and maintained Fairgrounds. 1966 marked the first year of the official North Dakota State Fair held in Minot.

Today, the North Dakota State Fair is the largest event in the state, drawing an average of 300,000 people. The family-friendly event continues to be a showplace of pride for North Dakota, instituted on agriculture and youth development.  The Fair showcases entertainment and education for all ages in way of carnival rides, agricultural expositions, government and commercial exhibitions, and a variety of musical and performance entertainment.

Our Mission

The mission of the North Dakota State Fair Foundation is to develop lifelong relationships with donors to secure philanthropic gifts that will enhance and support the work of the North Dakota State Fair.

Our Leadership

Todd Berning
Minot, ND

Jerry Iverson
Vice President
Binford, ND

Joanne Beckman
New Salem, ND

Travis Bell
Fordville, ND

Mark Schaunaman
Ashley, ND

Jim Grote
Minot, ND

Brenda Lee
Minot, ND


Karen Hennessy
Development Director
Des Lacs, ND

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