NileGuide Expert Says:
Best fair in Idaho
5610 N Glenwood St, Boise, ID, United States
NileGuide Expert tip:
The days can be really hot, so evening is a cooler time to go, although it's also the busiest time.
At the Western Idaho Fair, held in late August every year, families can revel in the end of summer before heading back to the routine of the school year. It's like a giant pre-school-year carnival.
The midway has all the great rides, weather you like the really scary things like the Zipper or bungie jumping or the tamer Ferris wheel or merry-go-round. Lines can be long if you go at prime times, but if you head out before the work day ends, you can get in all the rides with little to no waiting.
The games are your standard carnival games, always tempting, but hard to win. Why do I always lose and then it seems that everyone else at the fair has a giant teddy bear they won at a game?
Food is plentiful, but safe. No deep-fried chocolate covered pickles, but plenty of grilled sausages, funnel cakes, ice cream, and lemonade.
No fair worth its name comes without the requisite animal/cooking/craft judging. City kids love to check out the cows, sheep, and other animals. And local gardeners compete voraciously for the top ribbon in big zucchini.
It's small town, gone big.