The Greater Grand Forks Fair and Exhibition will open the gates to the fairgrounds on Wednesday for a five-day run.

The annual event will feature a variety of traditional and new entertainment, food and performances.

“We have a different midway, Crabtree Amusement,” said Jeanie Berns, fair manager.

Rides include the “Tornado,” “Freakout” and “Scorcher.” There also will be pony and wagon rides available throughout the duration of the fair.

The usual food venders will be on the fairgrounds along with some new ones, including a truck that serves barbecue food..

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Johnny Holm, a perennial fan favorite, will launch the fair’s beer garden entertainment with a performance on Wednesday night. Paint the Town will follow on Thursday, IV Play on Friday and Act Naturally on Saturday

Other entertainment throughout the week will feature the Kachunga Alligator Show, ATV Big Air Tour and Kid Celebration, a family game show in which participants can win prizes, Berns said.

Besides the midway rides, food and entertainment featured at the Greater Grand Forks Fair and Exhibition, 4-H competition will be a big part of the event. Members of 4-H clubs will begin bringing their livestock to the fair on Tuesday and it will be judged throughout the week.

“We have goats, pigs, chickens, cattle, horses and rabbits,” Berns said.

The 4-Hers also will compete in competitions from food to clothing, to photography.

On June 23, the last day of the fair, an open horse show will be held in the fairgrounds arena.

A daily ride pass is $25. A $55 mega ride pass, which includes parking and admission to all five days of the fair is available to purchase in advance of the fair’s opening online at