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Last Minute Red River Valley Fair Preps

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If you've driven by the fairgrounds in West Fargo, it's hard to miss the rides and flags going up along the horizon.

The Red River Valley Fair starts Tuesday, but work has already begun to kick the fun into action.

Valley News Team's Hope Hanselman shows us who's a part of cooking up this summer tradition.

The wheels are turning in that West Fargo parking lot.

"We're going to have a lot of fun here this year," Judy Dvoracek, Special Events Coordinator, said.

The rides emerge. The tents shined down. And that sweet smell of summer is in the air.

"Mostly, the outdoor food vendors are coming in," Dvoracek said. "They like to be set up before midday on Monday so that way the inspectors can come."

Dvoracek says her coveted vendor spots sold fast, though she always makes room for the crowd favorites.

"We have a lot of vendors that come back year after year after year."

For ten years, LuAnn Gibson and her husband Geno set up shop on this day.

"We pretty much got it down now," LuAnn said.

They're the master minds behind a fair favorite.

"We do pork chops on a stick, ribeye steak sandwiches, we do fresh-cut fries and curly fries," LuAnn listed off.

They're the sole employees of Geno's Concessions.

And, working 12 to 14 hour days, every day, for six days straight, they're the only ones with enough heart to keep it going.

"A lot of our vendors are local vendors and they like to stay in this area, so people get to know them," Dvoracek said. "So when they go to the street fair or the state fair or one of the smaller fairs in Minnesota, people know who they are."

Or at least, you'll recognize what this couple from Alexandria, MN, is cooking up... pork chops on a stick-- with a finger-lickin' side of summertime tradition.

"I mean, you get to know a lot of customers people with the fair, the boards and I got a lot of new friends," LuAnn said.

Expect to see some new treats at the fair this year, too, including mac and cheese on a stick and bacon-wrapped cookies.

But it wasn't just the food court getting busy.

Rides are coming in and exhibits are filling up. Animals start filing in on Tuesday.

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