What to Know Before the Western Idaho Fair

Dated: August 25 2021

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After a year away, the Western Idaho Fair is back and ready to welcome you and your family to this annual event. If you've missed fried food, fuzzy animals, and rides, get ready to visit the fair with a few extra precautions. However, come prepared to have a great time at this year's fair, starting at noon on Friday, August 20th. The fair continues through Sunday, August 29th at Expo Idaho, located at 5610 Glenwood Street, Garden City, Idaho. The Western Idaho Fair is open from noon to midnight each day. There are also no tickets sold after 9:30 p.m.


Here are five tips to get you and your family ready for the fair!


1) Cost

Parking is free for all patrons. Admission to the fair is $10 for adults (ages 12-61), $9 for senior citizens (ages 62 and older), $8 for children 6-11, and free admission for ages 5 and younger. Carnival tickets are $1 each or purchased in bundles of 25 for $23 or 80 for $70. $35 wristbands are also available for unlimited rides. If you want to skip to the front of the ride lines, a "fast pass" is available for an additional $15. Members of the armed services receive free admission on Sunday, August 29th, with their military ID, VA medical card, or DD-214 form. 


2) Longer Wait Times

The director of Expo Idaho, Bob Batista, said that many positions remain unfilled across the fair, such as maintenance, parking, ticket sales, etc. The Western Idaho Fair typically employs 500-600 workers temporarily, but Batista encourages patrons to be patient, kind, and courteous. 


3) New Things to Try

The Hawaiian Express, which Butler Amusements has been running since the 1990s, is back this year. It lets riders go faster and faster before they reverse course. “Rocketman the Human Cannonball” and the “Jetpack Circus" are two daredevil shows new to the fair this year. 


4) COVID-19 Safety

Masks are not required for the fair, but attendees can still get free face coverings at the gate. Hand sanitizers and additional hand-washing stations have been added. If patrons are feeling sick, they are advised to stay home. 


5) FREE Concerts

The free concerts are held every weeknight in the ICCU Grandstand. Get in for free with fair admission. Doors open at 6 p.m. for each show, so get in line early for the best seats. It’s first-come, first-served.


Check out all the fun things you can see and do with the daily fair schedule at IdahoFair.com.

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Scott Trefaller

Scott grew up in Orange County, CA. and he and his family moved to Boise in 1972. He graduated from Meridian High School, then obtained a BA in Marketing from Boise State University. He has over 20 ye....

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