Kid Rock cancels State Fair performance at last minute, fair to refund tickets

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Kid Rock(North Dakota State Fair)
Published: Jul. 22, 2022 at 11:13 PM CDT
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MINOT, N.D. (KMOT) – UPDATE: State fair management: joint decision led to cancellation of Kid Rock show

UPDATE 11:50 PM.: The North Dakota State Fair released the following statement regarding the cancellation of the performance:

“Due to the safety concerns of the high winds, lightning, and severe weather in the area, the Kid Rock concert had to be cancelled. The North Dakota State Fair will be issuing refunds to all ticket purchasers.”

Rock posted the following on his social media pages:

ORIGINAL STORY 11:15 P.M.: Kid Rock canceled his performance at the North Dakota State Fair Friday, citing concerns over weather conditions, according to Ward County Sheriff Bob Roed.

Roed told Your News Leader he was with Rock’s band when they made the decision at 10:30 p.m., and Roed had to go on stage to tell the roughly 18,000 fans that the show would not go on.

The announcement led to immediate confusion and frustration from fans who had been waiting hours for the performance, according to sources at the venue. Roed indicated that some upset fans began throwing bottles out of frustration, but eventually the crowd began to disperse.

Rock’s opener Night Ranger did take the stage and perform, according to fairgoers in attendance.

A tornado warning went into effect across a few northern North Dakota counties during the 9 o’clock hour, but the storms stayed north of the State Fairgrounds, and the fair continued on. The warning expired at 9:45 p.m.

As for refunds, the fair says everyone who purchased a ticket with a credit card through the fair should have gotten a refund on their account Saturday morning, though it may take five to seven business days to appear.

State Fair General Manager Renae Korslien says anyone who purchased their tickets through the fair with cash should keep their receipts, and can get a refund from the fair with a photo ID, so long as the name on the ID matches the name on the ticket.

Those who bought tickets through a third party will have to contact the third party for a refund.

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