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Deep Fried Fun: Western Idaho Fair

Runs through Sunday, Aug. 25


Load up the family and follow the smell of corndogs and hay to Garden City for the 2013 Western Idaho Fair, running for 10 days Friday, Aug. 16-Sunday, Aug. 25.

The fair is nothing if not good, old-fashion fun with plenty of livestock shows and enough fair food to make your digestive system go on strike. This year's carnival features two new rides to thrill the bejeezus out of adrenaline junkies young and old. The White Water Log Flume sends riders up steep embankments before careening down at high speeds for a thorough drenching. If swings are your thing, hop on the 100-foot-high Vertigo ride. This contraption dangles riders above the crowds in individual swings then, you know, swings them around.

After you've fully shocked your central nervous system, get back into your groove with one of the concerts included with the price of admission. Seven shows are set to fill Les Bois Park, including rock legend Foreigner on Tuesday, Aug. 20, and platinum-selling country artist Clay Walker on Friday, Aug. 23. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

If all of this fun gets your stomach rumbling, fill your belly at the Bob-e-Que battle Friday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m. Professional grillers square off in a battle to cook the finest animal proteins with signature sauces and flavors.

Tickets cost $8 for adults, $5 for children age 6-11 or free for kids ages 5 and younger, although fairgoers can get special deals during sponsored nights throughout the run of the fair. Check the website for details.