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Dry weather welcomes Ribfest fans

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Thousands in Fargo are trying to kick off outdoor summer festivities at Ribfest, with Sugar Ray taking the concert stage.

But the rain and wind over the past few days has kept many indoors.

It's the summer that never really turned into summer in the valley.

Thankfully, however, the dry weather stuck around long enough today for things to kick off at the Fargodome.

But earlier Wednesday and Tuesday night during set up, crews fought off the rain to bring in the crowds.

Rob Sobolik, Fargodome General Manager, says the weather does play a factor in the amount of people filing through these gates.

He says last year had the best weather anyone could remember, and it showed in ticket sales.

A record-breaking 55,000 people came out over the four-day event. That's about 3,000 more than average.

But, even with the gloomy weather, people are finding their way to these ribs.

"Given the weather, a little low clouds and windy, breezy, threat of rain, we're please," Sobolik said. "You know, there's been a couple thousand already through, we a had a good lunch for a Wednesday, so we're off on the right foot."

Crews say in the 15 or so years they've held Ribfest at the Fargodome, it's only been rained out once.

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