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

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.

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