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History of the Upper Missouri Valley Fair

The history of the Upper Missouri Valley Fair stretches back to the early 1900's.  It started on a plot of land located South East of the City of Williston, ND.  It was at this location where numerous fairs took place.  They had horse drawn buggy races, airplane rides, free BBQ feeds, vendor booths, and much more.  The first ever plane rides came to Williston during the fair week back in 1911.  Enjoy the pictures below of some of the events that took place in the first part of the last century! 

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Buggy Races

Buggy Races

Picture of the Horse drawn buggy races. A fan favorite! 
Airplane Rides

Airplane Rides

We were told that in 1911, you could get an airplane ride for $5. 
Races

Races

Picture of all the fans of the old time buggy races. 
Buggy Races

Buggy Races

One of the many racers on the old fairgrounds. 
Vendors

Vendors

Many vendors participated in the fair.  
Merchandise

Merchandise

One of the big vendor booths in the early days of the Upper Missouri Valley Fair. 
BBQ Feed

BBQ Feed

Free BBQ Feed for all who attended the fair. A tradition we continue to this day. 
Food Booths

Food Booths

What's a fair without some food vendors? Here is one from back in the day. 
Horse Races

Horse Races

You can see the grandstand and the announcers stand during one of the many Buggy races. 
Williston's First Airplane

Williston's First Airplane

 
Pow-Wow

Pow-Wow

Native American Pow-Wows took place on the old fair grounds. 
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Past Fair Week Photos

 Below is a collection of past fair's photos.  As you can see by the photos, it is a great time for the whole family.  If you have any photos of any fair, please download them to our website and we may use them in the future for our site.  Thanks
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Carnival

Carnival

The Carnival is great entertainment for the whole family! 
Petting Zoo

Petting Zoo

Come and watch live chicken hatching. 
Horse Drawn Carraige Rides

Horse Drawn Carraige Rides

A great mode of transportation. 
Ferris Wheel/Kids rides

Ferris Wheel/Kids rides

Fun for the whole family. 
4-H Animals

4-H Animals

 
Petting Zoo

Petting Zoo

 
Carnival

Carnival

 
Rib Cook-Off

Rib Cook-Off

 
4-H Market Animal Sale

4-H Market Animal Sale

 
Rib Cook-Off

Rib Cook-Off

 
Rib Cook-Off

Rib Cook-Off

 
Rib Cook-Off

Rib Cook-Off

 
Petting Zoo

Petting Zoo

 
Rib Cook-Off

Rib Cook-Off

 
Play with Gravity

Play with Gravity

High flying fun on motorcycles. 
4-H Exhibits

4-H Exhibits

 
4-H Exhibits

4-H Exhibits

Come and check out the hard work of our 4-H kids. 
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