Time is supposed be the great equalizer. But a similar sentiment could be said about a fair, particularly the Western Idaho Fair. With nine days of food, games, exhibits, demonstrations, competitions and performances, a person would have to work hard not to be entertained, enlightened or stuffed with fair food.
On the midway, favorite rides are back, including the 70 mph Turbo Force, the Spin Out (one of only eight in carnivals traveling the United States) and the Starship 3000, which mimics a trip into space. New rides have been added as well, including the Vertigo, which swings passengers around 100 feet above the ground; the Big Top, a "circus-themed funhouse"; and the White Water Log Flume (flying down a waterslide in August? Yes, please). As always, live concerts are a huge draw and, also as always, are free with admission.
This year's musical guests span genres and eras: '90s alt-rockers Seether; country music duo Montgomery Gentry; another country music duo, Thompson Square; and classic rock icons The Doobie Brothers.