Certain things are required in order to enjoy a complete Treasure Valley summer: One must float the Boise River, attend some sort of outdoor musical performance, have a drink on a patio, and journey to Expo Idaho to witness the craziness that is the annual Western Idaho Fair.
The event that brings about corn dogs, funnel cakes and the choicest people watching in the valley kicks off Friday, Aug. 17, and continues through Sunday, Aug. 26. Idahoans can flock to Garden City beginning at noon every day in search of tasty gut-bombs and carnival rides.
The event will feature the 4-H and Future Farmers of America exhibitors who have become fair staples. Peruse the selection of raised-with-care livestock and blue-ribbon-winning produce, and then catch one of the unique competitions, such as the Iron Flower Arranger Design Competition, Kids' Pedal Tractor Pull, Lego Sumo Bot Challenger or Women's Skillet Toss.
Performances will include a battle of the bands, comedian/juggler Steve Russell, Knights of the Realm theatrical jousting show and canines catching Frisbees, in addition to myriad other acts.
And of course, what would the fair be without an odd mash-up of headlining musicians? This year features Weird Al Yankovic, Chris Young, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, STYX and X-Factor finalist Chris Rene.
Special deals can be found on different days, such as adult discount admission on opening day. A fair coupon book can be purchased for $5 on-site or $3 in advance, and various prizes and discounts will be given out through the fair's Facebook page.