The Dash, new this year, is an obstacle course with an agricultural theme in keeping with the countys farm-friendly fair.
The 3-mile race, sponsored by West Valley Medical Center, kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, a couple of hours before the carnival midway and other fair attractions open.
The fitness-focused Dash starts in Simplot Stadium with a few stair-climbs followed by a run through the carnival area, where participants will encounter hay-bale climbs, jumps and more. The course continues to the Griffiths Parkway softball fields, which will feature abundant obstacles and challenges. Racers then return through the carnival and slide down a giant slide to the finish line.
The race is designed for all fitness levels. Registration at the gate costs $35, and fairgrounds Gate 6 will open at 8:30 a.m. for participants and spectators.
In keeping with Healthy Living Day, the Barnyard Dash will be preceded and followed by yoga sessions provided by Lululemon Athletica. Those sessions are set for 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
West Valley Medical Center will offer a health and wellness expo at Simplot Stadium from noon to 3 p.m., and dance competitions will be offered at the Farm Bureau Contest Corral near the livestock barns. Registration starts at 2:30 p.m., and competitions are limited to the first 20 entrants in each category. The Hip Hop dance competition starts at 3 p.m., and Country Swing competition starts at 6 p.m.
Saturday nights concert on the Main Stage features country singer Jo Dee Messina and guest Hunter Hayes.
Fair highlights Saturday include:
Noon to 5 p.m. Mounted shooting exhibition, rodeo arena
12:30, 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Magician Kent Messmer, Community Stage
12:30 p.m. Diaper Derby and Toddler Trot, Farm Bureau Contest Corral
1 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo, Entertainment Stage
1:30, 4:30 and 9:30 p.m. Juggler Curtis Carlyle, Community Stage
1:30 p.m. Art Honey cowboy poetry, Farm Bureau Contest Corral
2, 5 and 9 p.m. Dizzy Hips, Entertainment Stage
2 p.m. Berry pie-baking contest, OConnor Field House
2:30 and 8 p.m. Reptile Adventures, Community Stage
3, 6 and 10 p.m. Comedy Hypnotist Don Barnhart, Entertainment Stage
4 p.m. Big Wheel Race, Farm Bureau Contest Corral
6:30 p.m. Canyon County Farm Bureau tractor-driving contest, rodeo arena
7 p.m. Pedal tractor pull, Farm Bureau Contest Corral
8 p.m. Jo Dee Messina and Hunter Hayes, Main Stage