The North Dakota State Fair is an annual state fair held each July in Minot, North Dakota, USA. The Fair has carnival rides, agricultural expositions, government and commercial exhibitions, and a variety of musical and performance entertainment.
The fairgrounds are located along Burdick Expressway in east Minot. The facilities on the site are used for a variety of other events; the grandstand is regularly used for Nodak Speedway stock car races, and the State Fair Center is frequently used for conventions, sporting events and festivals, including Norsk Høstfest.
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 are what won Minot 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 one and only official North Dakota State Fair held in Minot.