North Dakota’s great outdoors beckons in late July

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The rising temps make July a great time to paddle the river, fish the big lake, run the bog or float in the coulee. It’s also a time of fairs and festivals as North Dakota celebrates the activities that make it a unique destination. To find more information about these activities, and for a complete list of events, go to NDtourism.com or call 800-435-5663 or 701-328-2525.

Les Miserables
Bismarck
July 13-19

Enjoy Les Miserables presented with full orchestra and large cast under the stars at Sleepy Hollow Arts Park in Bismarck. http://www.shst.org/; 701-391-0894

Village Fair and Rhubarb Festival
Rugby
July 16

The Village Fair features live music, pioneer demonstrations, costumed villagers, kids' games, ethnic foods, an art exhibit and more. Also sample various rhubarb treats. www.prairievillagemuseum.com/; 701-776-6414

Drayton Riverfest
Drayton
July 18-21

There is something for everyone on the banks of the Red River including food, music, parade, fireworks, and Supper at the Soddy at 5 p.m. at Blessing Square. Visit with North Dakota author Lauraine Snelling, enjoy science exploration activities, mud volleyball, and a motorcycle run. www.draytonnd.com; 701-454-3474

Fargo Downtown Street Fair
Fargo
July 18-20

Stroll through blocks of outdoor booths of handmade arts and crafts, awesome food and great live entertainment in historic downtown Fargo. www.fmdowntown.com; 701-241-1570

38th annual Governor’s Cup Walleye Derby
Garrison
July 19-20

252 teams competing on Lake Sakakawea for the Governor's Cup 38th annual championship. Flights go out between 7-8:30 a.m., weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. www.ndgovernorscup.com; 701-337-5576

McVille Days
McVille
July 19-21

This weekend event features dances, children's games, canoe races, barbecues, golf tournament, bingo, aerial show, dessert bake-off, and parade. www.mcville.com; 701-322-4343

Ukrainian Festival
Dickinson
July 19-21

Celebrate the area’s strong Ukrainian heritage with music, Ukrainian dancers, food and activities. http://ucitoday.org/VYTAIEMO-Welcome.html; 701-483-1486 or 800-279-7391

North Dakota State Fair
Minot
July 19-27

The North Dakota State Fair returns with a stellar concert lineup to include Journey, Tim McGraw and Toby Keith to name a few. Take part in the exciting midway games, ag shows, action-packed NPRA rodeo and, of course, unbeatable fair food. www.ndstatefair.com; 701-857-7620

Vinnie’s Mud Bog
Lidgerwood
July 19-21

Three days of wide open mud-slinging action, featuring off-road mud racing. Event located six miles east of Lidgerwood. Concessions available. www.vinniesmudbog.com; 701-640-0441

Paddle Tolna Coulee
Tolna
July 26-27

North Dakota's first Paddle Fest. Navigate the coulee when pumps are turned on in the outlet to Devils Lake. Sprint races and two-mile paddle-thon. 701-381-9109

Halloween in July
Bottineau
July 26-28

Everyone is encouraged to bring costumes and candy, decorate campsites and participate in all of Lake Metigoshe State Park’s spooky events. www.parkrec.nd.gov/parks/lmsp/lmsp.html; 701-263-3281

Blues on the Red
Grand Forks
July 27

Enjoy an evening of great blues music featuring Steve Sullivan & the Factory, and Dirty D and the Derelicts. Vendors will be selling pizza, burgers and barbecue. www.visitgrandforks.com; 701-772-8404

Taylor Horse Fest and Musical
Taylor
July 27-28

It’s all about horses. Events include demonstrations, parade, musical and cowboy poetry, entertainment and food booths. www.taylorhorsefest.com/events.htm; 701-974-4210 or 800-279-7391

These are just a few of North Dakota activities and events taking place in late July. For more information, go to NDtourism.com or phone 701-328-2525 or 800-435-5663.

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