The North Dakota State Fair is set to begin soon, promising excitement and entertainment for all attendees. However, visitors will notice a significant change in security procedures this year. KX News reported that metal detectors have been added at every gate entrance to ensure the safety of all fairgoers.

For the first time, attendees will need to walk through these detectors before entering the fairgrounds. These specially designed metal detectors are more convenient than those typically found at airports. Visitors will not need to remove belts or take cell phones out of their pockets, as the detectors are tailored to identify weapons or dangerous objects only.

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This enhanced security measure comes after last year's record-breaking attendance, which saw 356,000 people enjoy the fair. Craig Rudland, the general manager of the North Dakota State Fair, emphasized the importance of ensuring the safety and comfort of all guests. "We want to make sure that our guests have that extra level of security and feel comfortable on the fairgrounds," said Rudland. "We believe people will appreciate the added safety measures."

In addition to the gate entrances, metal detectors will also be placed at the Grandstand entrances, providing an extra layer of security for concertgoers. This move reflects a proactive approach to maintaining a safe and enjoyable environment for all visitors.

As fairgoers prepare to enjoy the festivities, the introduction of these metal detectors highlights the fair's commitment to safety. With these measures in place, attendees can look forward to a secure and fun-filled experience at the North Dakota State Fair. The fair runs July 19–27 in Minot.

Lainey Wilson Shatters Record at New York State Fair

Before last night, when we last saw country star Lainey Wilson in Upstate New York, she was an "opener" on the Morgan Wallen show last July at SPAC. Wilson had a few big hits under her cowgirl belt at the time, but she was nowhere near the superstar she is just one year later.

While on tour with MW last summer, she wasn't even the "main" opening act, that spot was reserved for Hardy.
Needless to say, since then her rise has been meteoric.

With a starring role on the hit TV show Yellowstone, smash hits "Wait in the Truck" with Hardy, and "Heart Like a Truck", TV commercials, viral TikToks, and a new album, it's no wonder the breakout artist of 2022 is slaying it 2023!

On Wednesday, the bell bottom-wearin', country song beltin' superstar smashed the attendance record at the Great New York State Fair, Lainey Wilson drew 53,200 people, shattering the attendance record for a state fair concert. The previous high was 43,000 set by Nelly at last year's fair.

Ahead of Thursday night's show with Eric Church at SPAC, our fantastic resident photographer Claude Sawyer snapped these images of Wilson during her record-setting performance in Syracuse. Enjoy!

Gallery Credit: Brian Cody TSM Albany

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