Eastern Idaho State Fair

Location: Blackfoot
Contact: Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce (208) 785-0501
www.idaho-state-fair.com
Ranked as one of the top five agricultural fairs in the US, the Eastern Idaho State Fair is an eight- day event with deep roots. The fair began in 1902 as an opportunity for students, housewives, farmers/ranchers, and businessmen to gather and trade valuable information. During World War II, the fair was shut down to support the war effort, and in autumn 1944, the fairgrounds became home to 500 Italian prisoners of war sent to Idaho to harvest sugar beets and potatoes. Fair activities resumed after the war ended, and new events have been added throughout the years.

Today, the fair features pari-mutuel horse racing, rodeos, thrilling carnival rides, recipe contests, 2,000 farm animals, agricultural, artistic, and culinary exhibits, big-name nightly entertainment, and two small entertainment stages.

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