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Eastern Idaho State Fair Preview

Posted On
Jul 25, 2016
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The Eastern Idaho State Fair is just a few weeks away. The event's organizers promise this year’s schedule features seven full days of family fun.

“Wholesome education and entertainment opportunities are endless at the Eastern Idaho State Fair,” according to the fair’s website. “The low-priced entry into the fair gives you access to over 200 commercial exhibitors, 70 concessionaires, free entertainment, home arts and livestock exhibits, and more.”

Many people who attend the fair go just to enjoy the atmosphere. Others go to the fair for specific attractions, events or treats.

Here are some highlights from Fun at the Fair to help get you excited:


Sea Lion Encounters: a unique exhibit featuring some fun-loving sea lions. Those in attendance will have a fun, educational experience. Also, you might even be lucky enough to get a kiss from a sea lion?

Penelope the Clown: Penelope and her fun-filled show are sure to bring a smile to your face. She is an expert balloon sculpture, and her other magical talents will leave you amazed.

Meet the Animals: This is not just another petting zoo. This experience helps visitors learn more about each animal with which they interact. At this exhibit, you can milk a cow, watch eggs hatch and much more.


The grandstand at the Eastern Idaho State Fair is home to some of the top events at the fair each year. This year, the acts are bigger than ever.

Some of the annual events that will take place during the week include the demolition derby, the Gem State Classic Pro Rodeo and the Bull Riding Championship.

The headlining events of the fair are performances by Chris Janson and Lee Brice.

According to CMT, Janson is an up-and-coming country artist who has already reached the tops of the country charts.

“With undeniable charisma, Janson brings a blue-collar, working-class, boot-stomping hillbilly swagger to bear on every live performance, earning him opening slots for Florida Georgia Line, music legends Merle Haggard and Hank Williams Jr,” according to his artist bio on CMT. “The Perryville, Missouri native first broke onto the music scene when he landed a year long, four-show-a-day gig at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge on Nashville's Lower Broadway.”

Brice is an award-winning singer, including winning the “Song of the Year” award at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards, but more than anything, he is an artist.

“Lee Brice is a craftsman, the kind whose boundless desire to hone his skills and relentless pursuit of perfection are matched only by his humility about the entire process,” according to his biography. “His new album, I Don't Dance, is a showcase for his painstaking approach to writing and recording, with his distinctive fingerprints clearly emblazoned on every element of the album.”


“The EISF is proud to have the best fair food in the Intermountain West! In celebration of the delicious array of fair food, the EISF is filled with a buffet of food giveaways and contests through the week,” according to the fair’s website.

Each year, the fair hosts a food contest to find the “fairest of them all.” The contest gives awards to vendors in various categories, including:

  • Best of the Best
  • Best New Food Creation
  • People’s Choice

To hear what past winners of the competition have to say, check out the video below: (I pasted in the embed code)

“Eat, Drink and Be Happy”

With the Eastern Idaho State Fair just a few weeks away, now is the time to start planning for your family’s adventure.

To learn more about the attractions, events and treats featured in this article and the other exciting entertainment at the fair, visit

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