For 51 weeks of the year, Expo Idaho is home to car exhibitions, 4-H events, flea markets and cat shows. But for one jam-packed week in the middle of August, more than 200,000 people gather at the grounds on the corner of Chinden Boulevard and Glenwood Street to go wild, gorging on corn dogs and ice cream potatoes, boarding carnival rides where said foods may reappear, throwing ping pong balls onto lily pad bowls and ogling at prize-winning vegetables and llamas.
After getting your share of stomach-churning rides including Footloose, Fireball, Evolution and Starship 3000, enjoy one of the many live shows the fair has to offer. Enter into the Aussie Kingdom to pet live kangaroos, wallabies, koala bears and kookaburras. Tap into childhood nostalgia in the Kid's Corral for the LEGO Experience Tour where you can rebuild that giant skyscraper your little brother destroyed when you were 9 years old. With daily pig races, you can catch Arnold Schwartzenhogger, Lindsay Loham and Oprah Swinefrey sprint their tails off to the finish line. And if the piglets ignite an urge to check out some more livestock, head to the sheep, small animal, draft horse and mule barns.
The fair continues on its tradition of top-notch entertainment, with five performers in four nights at the grandstand. Classic rock superstars The Doobie Brothers open up the week's performances on Tuesday, Uncle Kracker and Luke Bryan perform Wednesday, .38 Special performs Thursday and acclaimed country musician Clint Black performs Friday.