Amongst getting ready for the annual Western Idaho Fair celebrating Ada County’s Sesquicentennial, Expo Idaho announced improvements that will begin once this year’s fair finishes. After nearly a decade of saving, they announced plans to build a new administration building, Western gate and ticket booths that should be ready in time for the 2015 Boise Music Festival. The current 40-year old administration building will be demolished, being replaced with a larger building. The master plan includes improvements that will roll out over several years such as renovation of the expo buildings, landscaping and bringing consistency across all the buildings with color scheme and building styles.
While fairgoers will not see these changes at this year’s fair, they will not be inconvenienced by construction either. This year’s fair will have wonderful entertainment such as Seether, Montgomery Gentry, the Doobie Brothers and Thompson Square in addition to comedians, jugglers, hypnotists, more bands, animal acts and what we think will be the most entertaining, the Axe Women Loggers of Maine.
While lots of folks go for the carnival food and rides, what makes it a true fair are the numerous exhibits. Projects, vegetables, crafts and animals are on display competing for top ribbons. For many FFA, 4H and open division competitors, this is their chance to prove they have the best this year.
It will have nearly 50 food vendors that sell close to $1.3 million in concessions. That’s a lot of Pronto Pups. Look for Sharkies, a new seafood vendor and their lobster corndogs.
The winners of the Agricultural Excellence Scholarship Program were announced and of the seven winners, three attended Kuna High School and participated in FFA. Aaron Emmert, Maggie Reynolds and Zachary Reynolds were awarded scholarships and will be attending the University of Idaho in the fall. Winners selected were picked for their desire to continue to study agriculture and to attend an Idaho university in addition to other scholastic factors.
Kuna Melba News will publish lists of all winners from Melba, Kuna and Marsing. If you are showing at the fair this year, let us know how you did and send us pictures! Send them to editor@KunaMelba.com.
For more information or a full schedule of the Western Idaho Fair, visit IdahoFair.com.