Burke County Fair Hosts Free Main Event

The small town of Flaxton, N.D., is gearing up for a fun-filled weekend as their annual county fair line-up kicks off this week.

The Burke County fair board has been hard at work planning this year’s fair that starts on Thursday and runs through the weekend. The main events of bull riding and live music are being offered free of charge.

“These will be free,” explained Nate Schneider of the fair board. “We are trying to bring people to Burke County.”

Badlands Professional Bull Riders are bringing over 30 riders for the Duel in the Dirt at the  Burke County fairgrounds at 5:30 p.m. on  Saturday. Slamabama out of Fargo, N.D.  will perform a concert right after. Food vendors and beer gardens will be on site.


An array of bounce houses will be available Friday-Sunday with the option of purchasing a day or weekend wristband for the kids to participate. The petting zoo will be open from 12-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Burke County 4-H families will be showcasing their work throughout the fair with exhibit judging starting Thursday. The horse show and pet/small animal show is Friday with the large animals being shown on Saturday. The sale will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Other events include a dodgeball tournament sponsored by Farmers Union of Burke County, karaoke, a free lunch on Saturday sponsored by Northwest Communications Co-op, a crafters and bakers market, bingo and mini golf.

Northern Edge Saddle Club is hosting the youth ranch rodeo on Sunday at 10 a.m. for all ages of kids on foot and horseback.

The Burke County fairgrounds are located one mile north of Flaxton, N.D.

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