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An aerial photo of the current Red River Valley Fair Campground. File photo

Neighbors are concerned that an expansion to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, N.D., will bring “drug trafficking” and “human trafficking,” to the area, according to INForum.

A campground is currently operated by the Red River Fair on its grounds, but the fair association would like to add an additional 130 sites for campers in what is currently a vacant lot.

Earlier this year, Fair Association Chief Executive Officer Cody Cashman asked the Cass County commissioners in June for help financing a $3.5 million project that would add to the current 71 sites, citing the fair turns away 25 to 40 campers per week.

Cashman said the campground is “very profitable” and that it brings in about $270,000 in revenue each year with expenses of about $40,000 and the profit helps with fairground operations. He estimated that the expansion of camping spots could add $450,000 to $600,000 in revenue per season which runs from about May 1 to Nov. 1.

Monday (Sept. 19) the West Fargo City Commission considered an ordinance change that would open the door for the Red River Valley Fairgrounds to expand its campground. The campgrounds were grandfathered into the city under current ordinances that would prevent an RV park and campground in that area.

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