The Western Idaho Fair is here!

doland@idahostatesman.comAugust 16, 2013 

  • WESTERN IDAHO FAIR

    Noon to 11 p.m Aug. 16-24, noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 25, Expo Idaho, 5610 Glenwood St., Garden City. Gate admission: $8 general, $5 for ages 6 to 11, $6 for 62 and older, free for 5 and younger. Find more gate and ticketing information at IdahoFair.com.

    Promotions

    Aug. 19: KTVB Family Day is a smoke- and alcohol-free day at the fair. Get one gate admission and one carnival wristband for $25.

    Aug. 25: Idaho Statesman half price-admission day and Armed Services Day. Admission is free for all active duty military. All other admission is half price with the Idaho Statesman coupon. Find out when the coupon will run in an ad on page 32.

    Fair coupon books offer discounts on food and other items. $5 at IdahoFair.com or at the Idaho Statesman booth at the fair.

    Check out the Western Idaho Fair’s Facebook page and win tickets, wristbands and more.

You’ll 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 year’s 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 midway’s 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.

HIGH-FLYIN’ ACTION

This year’s opening day brings Livfast to Grandstand. They’re 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.

GROUNDS SHOWS

Throughout the fair you’ll 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: Foreigner’s lineup has changed but you’ll 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 fair’s musical finale.

ANIMALS

There’s plenty of animals to make you go “ah” at this year’s fair.

Besides all the pygmy goats, bunnies, chickies and other barn animals, you’ll 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 fair’s contests and displays. The Expo Idaho halls will be filled with locally grown giant vegetables and floral displays. You’ll 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.

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