concert lineup blog


The Western Idaho Fair is pleased to announce our fantastic grandstand lineup for the 2016 Fair, all of which are free with gate admission. Advance tickets for the Fair go on sale TODAY at

The DISH Grandstand concert line-up includes:

“This year promises to be one of our best lineups yet, with great acts for country and rock fans alike,” said Western Idaho Fair Director Bob Batista. “And as always, all shows are free with gate admission. This one is one you won’t want to miss.”

Since 1976, Foreigner has produced hits to define a generation of music, including rock-and-roll classics like “Hot Blooded,” “Cold as Ice,” “Jukebox Hero,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” and more. With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits, they are universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world.

When Pat Bentar and Neil Giraldo met in 1979, there was instant chemistry. And over the course of their creative partnership, they have sold over 26 million albums and won numerous Grammy awards for timeless hits including “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Love is a Battlefield,” “We Belong,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Promises in the Dark” among many others.

LOCASH’s journey to this point has included writing hits like “Truck Yeah” for Tim McGraw’s comeback album, their first number-one hit “You Gonna Fly” for Keith Urban, and performing at Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Most recently, they played “I Know Somebody” for a raucous crowd on Jimmy Kimmel Live. But the best is yet to come for them, and we’re excited they’re kicking it with us for a night at the Western Idaho Fair.

Josh Turner’s 2003 Platinum-selling debut album Long Black Train established him as a formidable hit-maker. Between that and his most recent album Punching Bag, he’s sold 12 million units, been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, and earned multiple Grammy, Country Music Award and American Country Music nominations. His hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” and “Time is Love,” the most-played country song of 2012.

The concert stage is where country band Sawyer Brown blossomed—and continues to bloom today more than 30 years after their live debut. Known for their high-energy, no-holds-barred approach, they keep packing venues across the country with the same enthusiasm they’ve always had.

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Calling all kids, 4H-ers, FFA-ers and anyone 17 years of age or younger who would like a chance to win free passes and carnival wristbands to the 2016 Western Idaho Fair!

This year the Fair is holding our Exhibitor Book Cover Design Contest open to anyone 17 years of age and younger. We will be choosing TWO winners from the entries (one for the main Exhibitor Handbook and one for the Jr. Exhibitor Handbook) and each winner will receive a "Score Four" package for the 2016 Fair. Score Four packs come with 4 carnival wristbands and 4 fair admissions to be used on any day of the Fair.

To enter, download and print the Exhibitor Book Design Contest ENTRY FORM HERE and use the template to draw something that you think captures the fun of the fair. As a thought starter, keep in mind this year's exhibitor's theme, "Fun for the Whole Herd!" or "Share My Fair!"

Just follow the directions at the bottom of the template entry form carefully and make sure you drop off or email your entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and ensure the Fair office has received your design by 5:00 PM MST on April 15, 2016. Good luck!

About the Exhibitors and Jr. Exhibitors Handbooks: Each year the Fair publishes these two handbooks which include all the necessary information and entry forms for entering any of the THOUSANDS of contests the Fair hosts during August. From animal competitions to gardening to home arts, cooking, photography and more, these books go to thousands of Fair exhibitors and serve as their guide for all contest details. For more information about all the exhibits in which you can compete, keep an eye out for the 2016 Exhibitor Handbooks coming out late this Spring.


Click image below to download/print entry form:

Exhib Book Design Contest Template

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