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Go to the Western Idaho Fair free — and pick up free eclipse glasses. Here’s how.

A cow named Pumpkin gave birth to a male calf this week at the Western Idaho Fairgrounds. What do you think the calf should be named? Join in a naming contest on Facebook.
A cow named Pumpkin gave birth to a male calf this week at the Western Idaho Fairgrounds. What do you think the calf should be named? Join in a naming contest on Facebook.

For the third year in a row, the Western Idaho Fair is offering a limited window when you can get into the fair free.

The fair opens at noon Friday — and the first two hours are free admission. Stay until at least 3 p.m., and you can get a stamp that allows you to come in and out of the fair for the rest of the day.

Haven’t picked up eclipse glasses yet?

Get free glasses at the fair on Friday. KBOI-TV Channel 2 and the Idaho STEM Action Center are giving away 5,000 eclipse glasses on opening day.

The fair is also planning an eclipse watch party called “Total Eclipse of the Fair” from 10 a.m. to noon Monday. There will be free eclipse glasses, contests, a raffle for seats on The Giant Wheel during the eclipse and fair-themed eclipse memorabilia.

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Western Idaho Fair

The 10-day fair ends on Sunday, Aug. 27. Hours for the fair are noon to 11 p.m. every day, except the last day (when it closes at 9 p.m.).

Advance pricing deals and discounts won’t be available on Friday, so hop on that Thursday if you know you’re going to the fair. Regular ticket prices are: children 5 and under, free; children 6 to 11, $6; 12 to 61, $9; seniors 62 and older, $7.

The fun has already begun. A cow named Pumpkin gave birth at the fairgrounds (it’s a boy!) — and you can participate in a calf naming contest on Facebook.

A few new attractions this year:

▪  Fido 500. Mini dog race to the finish to win gold, silver, and bronze medals. Shows: 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. every day.

▪  Animals of Wizardry. A blend of fantasy and nature, featuring bats, owls, snakes, newts, toads and even a real dragon. Show: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27 (check schedule online for other times).

▪  Duelly Noted. Two pianists play hits from the ’60s to today. Shows: 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, to Sunday, Aug. 27.

Get a full listing of events on the fair’s first-ever phone app, available for both Android and iPhones. Download the apps at the Apple and GooglePlay stores.

The Western Idaho Fair is at 5610 Glenwood St. in Garden City.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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