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Military Appreciation Day at Fair

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             Past and present North Dakota military members and their families were being honored, today, at the State Fair.

             We were there to check out all of the festivities.

            Hundreds of airmen and their families made their way to the area near the Commercial 2 building at the fair grounds for the 9th Annual Military Appreciation Day.

            "It's a day that we can take some time and have our military members come down and enjoy the great Minot summer.  For a lot of our airmen, this is their first real home away from home," Minot Air Force Base 5th Bomb Wing Vice Commander Colonel Max Mitchell.

            From airmen at Minot Air Force Base to the Guard Reserve and even veterans, military members and their families were honored with a free picnic.

            Mary Jo Bateman, North Dakota Beef Commission Executive Director said, "It's just been a tremendous program that we've been involved in up at the State Fair.  Over time, we have fed anywhere from 1,200 to 1,600 [people]."

            Military families enjoyed chips, baked beans, a fresh cut roast beef sandwich, hot dogs, and cookies at the luncheon thanks to the North Dakota Beef Commission, the North Dakota Stockman's Association, Cattlewoman, and the North Dakota Corn Growers.

            "The beef industry is just excited about the fact that we enjoy our freedom and we enjoy working the land," said Bateman.  "We enjoy raising cattle and the freedoms that it gives us.  And, with this activity at the State Fair, we're just so glad to honor those people that keep that freedom available for us."

            After the meal wraps up, military members and their families will head down to the Midway to check out some of the rides for free.

            Col. Mitchell said, "[This is great] especially for younger folks with young families that may struggle a bit to get by.  To be able to come in and do this for free is absolutely fabulous."

              The beef industry is the second largest agricultural business in the state of North Dakota. 

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