Fair opens early for special viewing event
On Aug. 21, the Western Idaho Fair highlights the epic astronomical event sweeping the nation with a special viewing party called the Total Eclipse of the Fair. Held from 10 am to noon, the grandstand gate opens early for this stellar event co-hosted by KTVB.
A $7 entry ticket or a $29 KTVB family package that includes admission and a ride wristband comes with a free pair of solar eclipse viewing glasses and a raffle ticket for a chance to ride the Giant Wheel during the moment of totality. Before Aug. 14, KTVB is also giving away a select few passes for this momentous Ferris wheel ride to see the eclipse from 100 feet above the fairgrounds, plus free admission. Find out how to enter at KTVB.com/eclipse.
Live entertainment includes clowns, the Idaho Lottery Wooh Crew, the KTVB morning news team, and Stryker the robotic, roving dinosaur. Fair-exclusive eclipse merchandise and food concessions will be available for purchase.
“Our nickname for this event is ‘dark side of the moo.’ It’ll be a once-in-a-lifetime experience in an equally epic environment,” says Bob Batista, Western Idaho Fair director.
Attracting over 375,000 visitors to Idaho alone, the solar eclipse begins here at 10:10 am. The sky will gradually darken as the moon begins its transit across the sun. At 11:27 am, lasting for two minutes, Boise’s peak totality will be reached with a 99.64 percent total eclipse. Then the sky will gradually lighten again as the moon concludes its path across the sun.
It all goes down on the alcohol-free and smoking-free KTVB family day. After the event, eclipse viewers gain entry to all the regular Fair action at no additional charge.