Famous Comedian & Rock/Country Stars Take the DISH Grandstand

In 2018, the Western Idaho Fair presents three mainstage concerts and its first-ever comedy show on the DISH Grandstand. These shows are free with Fair admission, with limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Gates open at 6:30 pm, and each show starts at 7:30 pm.

Bret Michaels rocks the place on Tuesday, August 21, presented by 107.9 LITE FM. Michaels is a multiplatinum global superstar who turned his passion for music into a multi-faceted brand that encompasses record-breaking touring sales, reality TV stardom, and legendary songs that have sold over 32 million records. Rising to fame as the front man of Poison, one of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, he helped define the rock ‘n roll scene on the Sunset Strip. Their massive success includes selling over 30 million records worldwide and numerous hit singles. Equally as successful, Michaels’ solo career has charted its own course with multiple solo albums.

STYX takes the stage Wednesday, August 22, presented by BOB FM 96.1. The six men comprising STYX—James “JY” Young, Tommy Shaw, Chuck Panozzo, Todd Sucherman, Lawrence Gowan, and Ricky Phillips—have committed to rocking together with audiences far and wide by averaging over 100 shows a year, every year, since 1999. Founded in Chicago in 1972, STYX has the unique distinction of being the first band in rock history to have four consecutive certified multimillion-selling albums in a row, including The Grand Illusion, Pieces of Eight, Cornerstone and Paradise Theater.

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias brings the laughs on Thursday, August 23, presented by Mix 106 and 103.5 KISSFM. Gabriel Iglesias’s stand-up comedy is a mixture of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring his personal experiences to life. His unique and animated comedy style has made him popular among fans of all ages. Iglesias is one of America’s most successful stand-up comedians performing to sold-out concerts around the world. He is also one of the most watched comedians on YouTube with over 350 million views and has over 9 million fans on Facebook. Celebrating 20 years in stand-up comedy, Iglesias is currently on his new world tour, “One Show Fits All.”

Randy Houser performs Friday, August 24, presented by WOW 104.3. With an inimitable voice the New York Times describes as “wholly different, thicker and more throbbing, a caldron bubbling over,” Randy Houser racked up five consecutive country radio hits and over five million singles sales after shifting record labels to Stoney Creek Records. He topped the charts with the “How Country Feels,” “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight,” “Goodnight Kiss” (also his first No. 1 as a songwriter), and “We Went.” He also earned critical acclaim for his powerful delivery of the Top 5 smash and CMA Song of the Year-nominated “Like A Cowboy.”

“We’re excited to mix it up this year with comedy, classic rock and country. Our free with admission grandstand concerts make going to the Fair an extra special experience,” says Bob Batista, the Western Idaho Fair Director.

Advance tickets to the fair are on sale today.


2017 Fair celebrated old traditions, new arrivals, solar eclipse

The biggest event attraction in Idaho celebrated its 120th year from August 18th to 27th. The Western Idaho Fair drew in over 235,000 fairgoers in 2017.

Every year, the Fair is the social event of the summer, bringing together over 3,000 animals, 300 shows, 400 vendors, hundreds of competitive exhibitors, huge crowds, and a carnival over the course of 10 action-packed days and nights.

“I want to say thank you,” says Bob Batista, Fair and Expo Idaho director. “To all the people who came out to enjoy the Fair—and to all the exhibitors, vendors, sponsors, food concessionaires, entertainers, and Butler Carnival—you made this year’s event one for the ages.”

Celebrating Old Traditions

Since its start in 1897 as the Intermountain Fair, agriculture, crafts, and farming practices have been a central focus. This year saw the largest showing of goats in recent history. The price per pound for sheep, swine, and goats was up year-over-year for this year’s Junior Market Livestock Sale.

For the open class general exhibits, overall entries decreased by about 5 percent, but enthusiasm was high. Fairgoers marveled at hobby craft submissions like a giant model airplane hanging from the rafters and a 400-pound dog made of metal.

Welcoming New Arrivals

Meet the Animals introduced a new addition to the Fair when a cow, Pumpkin, had a calf. After the Fair ran an online contest to name him, he was christened Huckleberry or “Huck” for short.

The first annual Fair Food Showdown may have contributed to a 2.5 percent uptick in food and beverage sales this year. On the opening day of the Fair, a panel of taste-making judges awarded the titles of “Best Sugar Rush” to the Idaho Ice Cream Potato, “Best Fair Square Meal Deal” to the BBQ Parfait by Spud’s BBQ, and “Best on a Stick” to the Turkey Leg at Smokehouse Grill. The Idaho Ice Cream Potato was later crowned the “Biggest Crowd Pleaser” after a public vote.

The Fair also observed the 2017 solar eclipse with a once-in-a-lifetime event called the Total Eclipse of the Fair. On August 21, nearly 2,000 people watched this celestial event from the Grandstand and a few lucky raffle winners got the chance to view the eclipse from the top of the Giant Wheel.

Showcasing Free Entertainment

The fun array of free entertainment in 2017 included splashing and sprinting dogs, tarantulas and  toads in the Animals of Wizardry, hilarious hypnotists, and even a robotic roving dinosaur.

Also free with gate admission, this year’s concert line-up on the DISH Grandstand was a total hit, with two of the largest crowds in Fair history. Huey Lewis and the News attracted 12,200 attendees, and Trace Adkins played to a crowd of 12,800 people.

Looking Forward

The 2018 Western Idaho Fair is slated for August 17th to 26th. The Fair is produced by Expo Idaho, a self-funded entity of Ada County.


What if ordinary people doing everyday things suddenly stopped adulting, and acted the way they do at the Fair? It would be wild, wondrous, and totally inappropriate for any other place than the fairgrounds.

For this year’s Fair campaign, we showcase the undeniable kid-like spirit of the Fair by unleashing it in otherwise normal settings.

Like at a grocery store parking lot.


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Or on a front lawn.


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Even at a typical family dinner.


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Or in a conversation about dieting.

 

Hey guys, Save It for the Fair. Coming August 18th through 27th, it’s the social event of the summer where you can really go hog wild.


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