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5 grandstand concerts coming to the Western Idaho Fair

Neil Giraldo and wife Pat Benatar are scheduled to close out the fair’s grandstand concerts this year. The rockers were forced to back out in 2015 after Giraldo had emergency eye surgery.
Neil Giraldo and wife Pat Benatar are scheduled to close out the fair’s grandstand concerts this year. The rockers were forced to back out in 2015 after Giraldo had emergency eye surgery. Invision/AP

Time to strap on your Foreigner belt. (Please do not click on that, Grandma.) The Western Idaho Fair announced its grandstand entertainers today — and tickets to the fair are now on sale.

After canceling at the last minute last year, Pat Benatar and her guitar-playing husband, Neil Giraldo, will return to the grandstand stage for the first time since 2000, cranking ’80s hits “We Belong,” “Love is a Battlefield” and “Hit Me With Your Best Shot.”

Fellow classic rockers Foreigner, who lured 9,000 fans to the grandstands in 2013, also will revisit the fair with classic-rock hits such as “Hot Blooded,” “Cold as Ice” and “Jukebox Hero.” (It’s worth noting that founding guitarist Mick Jones is still in the band, which has cycled through a few members.)

“This year promises to be one of our best lineups yet,” fair director Bob Batista says, “with great acts for country and rock fans alike. And as always, our shows are free with gate admission.”

Here’s the grandstand music schedule: Josh Turner (Tuesday, Aug. 23), Foreigner (Wednesday, Aug. 24), LoCash and Sawyer Brown (double header Thursday, Aug. 25) and Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo (Friday, Aug. 26).

The Western Idaho Fair is Aug. 19-28 at Expo Idaho. Advance tickets to the fair are $7 adult, $4 child. You can purchase packages to save a few bucks on admission and carnival wristbands.

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