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.
In 2017, the Western Idaho Fair presents four mainstage concerts with undeniable star power. Held on the DISH Grandstand, these concerts are free with Fair admission, with limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Gates open at 6 pm, and the show starts at 7:30 pm.
Scotty McCreery takes the stage Tuesday, Aug. 22, presented by WOW 104.3. With a deep voice and irresistible sound, McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17 after winning season 10 of American Idol, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. Now in his early 20s, the talented singer/songwriter has album sales approaching 3 million, and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications, debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart, and achieved one Gold and three Platinum-certified singles as well as two Top Ten hits.
Huey Lewis and the News play on Wednesday, Aug. 23, presented by BOB FM on Bronco Motors Day. Now in their 38th year together as one of America’s great rock and roll bands, their contagious brand of music has outlasted countless trends, and is as fresh today as ever. Formed from two rival Bay Area bands in 1979, they continue to thrill audiences worldwide, selling over 20 million albums in the process, earning them the right to mark their place on the pop history map. These Grammy Award winners have written and performed such classic Top Ten Hits as “Heart of Rock & Roll,” “Stuck With You,” “I Want A New Drug,” “If This Is It,” “Hip To Be Square,” “Do You Believe In Love,” and “Workin’ For A Livin’.”
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts rock out Thursday, Aug. 24, presented by Rock 105.1 and 107.1 K-HITS. Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock 'N' Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.” She sits at the head of her own independent label, Blackheart Records.
Trace Adkins performs Friday, August 25, presented by 101.9 The Bull. Adkins’ trademark baritone has powered countless hits to the top of the charts and sold over 10 million albums, cumulatively. His hit list includes “You're Gonna Miss This,” “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “Songs About Me,” “Every Light In The House,” “Hillbilly Bone (Blake Shelton & Trace Adkins),” and “Just Fishin’,” to name a few. The Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry is a TV personality, actor, author, spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Program and the American Red Cross, for whom he raised over $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. In recent years, Adkins has performed 10 USO Tours.
“Our grandstand concerts are definitely one of the biggest highlights and draws of the entire Fair,” says Bob Batista, the Western Idaho Fair Director. “We’ve got a spectacular line-up this year.”
The Western Idaho Fair returns to Expo Idaho August 18 through 27. The social event of the summer for 120 years, the Fair attracts nearly 250,000 attendees with concerts, ground acts, carnival rides, food concessions, and blue-ribbon competitions.
Reduced-price advance tickets—including family packs and carnival deals—are now on sale at any Albertsons location in the Treasure Valley or at IdahoFair.com. Regular pricing begins August 18. The Fair is open every day from noon to 11 pm, except for closing day, August 27, when the action ends at 9 pm.
Admission opens up access to the many wonders the Fair has to offer, including grandstand concerts with rock stars and country music legends at no extra charge. This year, Scotty McCreery, Huey Lewis and the News, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and Trace Adkins take the stage on the DISH Grandstand.
“This year’s Fair has everything it takes to be epic, including a solar eclipse,” says Bob Batista, Western Idaho Fair Director. “Now celebrating 120 years as one of the biggest draws around, it’s always a good time around here.”
From thrill rides to edible delights, there’s even more in store for 2017. New amusement park rides include the Ex-scream Machine Giant Roller Coaster and Super Shot Drop Tower. A new contest for food vendors will highlight Fair tastemakers, including the Best on a Stick, Best Sugar Rush, Best Fair Square Meal, and Biggest Crowd Pleaser.
On August 21, a special event called the Total Eclipse of the Fair takes place during the solar eclipse from 10 am to noon in the Dish Grandstand. A $7 general admission ticket comes with one pair of eclipse viewing glasses and a raffle ticket for a chance to see the eclipse from the Giant Wheel. After the event, eclipse viewers gain entry to all the regular Fair action at no additional charge.
Packed with nonstop excitement and entertainment, the Fair is the don’t-miss event of the summer!