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Eastern Idaho State Fair

Blackfoot, ID

Sep 04 2020 - Sep 12 2020

Price: $3-$7

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If you’re visiting eastern Idaho, one way to get a great feel for the place is to head to the fair! The Eastern Idaho State fair features wholesome education and entertainment all focused on the people and agriculture of the area. You’ll find more than 200 exhibitors, 70 different food concessions, livestock displays, arts and crafts, and more. They also have entertainment on several free stages, and a grandstand arena with even more entertainment each night.

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT

The Eastern Idaho State Fair has many displays and competitions for local agricultural growings. There are also opportunities for kids (and adults!) to meet the animals, watch a milking, and learn more about what goes on at a farm. The Penguin Olympic High Dive Show is a fun draw, and there are ventriloquist and magic shows along with other entertainment. Wander through a demonstration garden to see what grows in the area, or watch the fair parade as it kicks off a day of fun!

Wristbands are available for purchase and include unlimited rides at the carnival for one day. Carnival wristbands are $30, but you can purchase them ahead of time for $25. Also, check here for “Wristband Days,” when for $27, you can get a wristband that allows you gate admission as well as the unlimited rides. You can also buy coupon books or individual coupons to use on rides. 

ON-SITE AMENITIES

The fair has ATMS on-site, as well as first aid stations, a security area (where lost children can be found!), and wheelchair and stroller rentals. You can purchase food or beverages at the fair, but you can also bring your own in a cooler (as long as you don’t bring alcohol). There are also trams that run the perimeter of the fair - you can see the route here

LOCATION

97 Park St. 

Blackfoot, ID  83221

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Finally, don’t forget to check out the acts on the stages and in the grandstand arena - in past years the fair has hosted performers like Larry the Cable Guy, Old Dominion, and Montgomery Gentry.

For tickets and a full list of grandstand events, click here. 

RVING AT THE EVENT

You can camp right at the Fairway RV Park, on the grounds of the state fair! You do need to make reservations well in advance. If you want full hookups, you need to camp for all nine days of the fair, dry campers can choose to camp either the first half, the second half, or for the entire fair. Find more information on fairground camping here

There are also places you can camp nearby, including: 

  • North Bingham County Recreation Area - has water and electric hookups and an attendant on-site. There are historic buildings and exhibits to help visitors understand what life in eastern Idaho would have been like in the 19th century.
  • Sportsman’s Park - has water and electric hookups, a dump station, and an attendant on-site. It also has lake access for boaters and fishermen. There are playgrounds, horseshoe pits, and volleyball courts. 
  • Pocatello KOA Journey - has WiFi, max 50-amp service, propane, and a dog park.
  • Batise Springs RV Park - offers pull-through sites with a picnic table, 30 and 50-amp service with water and sewer, showers, and laundry. 
  • Cedar Bay Marina, RV Park, & Cafe - has full hookups as well as dry camping, a cafe and general store, bathrooms and showers, laundry, and is pet-friendly. 

WHERE TO STAY

RV Camping

Whether you use your own RV or rent one from RVshare, RV camping is a great way to visit the fair! You can come home to your own space, a comfortable bed, and your own kitchen with food you can prep yourself. After a day of crowds, having your own private bathroom doesn’t hurt either! 

Hotels

There are several hotels to choose from near the fairgrounds if you decide not to camp. You’ll find well-known chains, as well as some locally owned and operated motels as well. You can find information on hotels in the area on travel sites like Travelocity and Expedia

HOW TO GET THERE

Directions from Idaho Falls (and the airport): Head south on I-15. Take exit 98 toward W 450N/Rose Rd. Turn left on W 450N/Rose Rd. Continue straight onto N 150W/Rose Rd. Turn left onto E Airport Rd. Turn right onto US-91S. Turn right onto Park St. and follow signs to the fair. 

PARKING

There are various parking areas that get more expensive as you get closer to the gates. You can also park farther away and use one of two free trams that drop off at the Main Entrance on Park St. See the tram routes here

TICKETS & PRICING

You can purchase tickets to the fair online or at the door. Adults 12 and up are $7, children 6-11 are $3, and children 5 and under are free.  

WRAP UP

At RVshare we’re passionate about helping people explore the world! Whether you’re headed out to nature, or traveling to a town to experience the people and things that go on there, we love being a part of your travels. The Eastern Idaho State Fair is a great way to learn more about that region of the country, and the agriculture, crafts, talent, and people who thrive there. Visiting the fair in an RV is a great way to experience that event stress-free, with your own shower and bed nearby, and with the ability to make and bring food along. Regardless of whether you head to the fair in an RV rental from us or use other accommodations, we’d love to share in your experience! Send us photos at memories@rvshare.com, and tag us on social media to show us pictures of your trip. Your adventures could be featured on our blog or social media! 

Check out @EastIdahoFair on Twitter and Instagram, and @FunAtTheFair on Facebook for event updates!