Youll find plenty of family-friendly fun, tempting food on a stick, wild and crazy rides, hands-on activities, cute animal tricks, and more grandstand entertainment than before at this years fair.
All concerts and shows are free with paid admission to the fair.
RIDES OF YOUR LIFE
Butler Carnivals will bring on the fun with all your favorite rides from the Ferris wheel to the Fireball, plus two new spectaculars this year.
The new A.R.M. Vertigo, pictured, will swing you around and around as you travel 100 feet above the midway, and down again.
Splash down on the first water ride in the midways history. The White Water Flume ride will take you up two different hills and then drop you into pools of cool water.
Midway tickets: $1 each; $23 for a sheet of 25; $70 for 80; $30 for a one-day wrist band at IdahoFair.com.
This years opening day brings Livfast to Grandstand. Theyre a freestyle motocross team that will fly through the air and tear up the track at 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Aug. 16 only.
Throughout the fair youll find a bevy of delightful acts such as comedians and jugglers, escape artists and magicians, hip-hop performers and a guy who can make anything out of a balloon.
Popular show The Village Blacksmith, pictured, will return to the fairgrounds; Christy will tell captivating tales while Michel forges trinkets before your eyes.
ON THE MAIN STAGE
There are two more nights of free Grandstand concerts than last year.
Aug. 18: Latino rockers Los Cuates de Sinaloa got their break with Negro Y Azul on the Breaking Bad soundtrack.
Aug. 19: Christian rock band Kutless will perform for Family Day.
Aug. 20: Foreigners lineup has changed but youll still hear all the hits, including Feels Like the First Time and Cold as Ice.
Aug. 21: Travel back even further into the classic-rock genre with Canadian rockers The Guess Who.
Aug. 22: Up-and-coming country singer Brantley Gilbert will pull out all the stops.
Aug. 23: Country star Clay Walker will perform for the fairs musical finale.
Theres plenty of animals to make you go ah at this years fair.
Besides all the pygmy goats, bunnies, chickies and other barn animals, youll find pig, duck and turkey races, the always popular How to Give a Chicken a Bath and the new Wild About Monkeys, pictured, a traveling show featuring trained baboons.
FOOD, FOOD, FOOD
The midway will be filled with all your favorite fair foods, from Pronto Pups to cotton candy.
You can also enjoy food a dozen different ways with the fairs contests and displays. The Expo Idaho halls will be filled with locally grown giant vegetables and floral displays. Youll find prize-winning examples of canning, pies, cakes, breads and other baked goods. Also, check out the BOB-e-Que Battle on Aug. 24. Grills fire up at 7 a.m.; judging starts at 1 p.m.