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Life is more fun in person; get to the county fair



David Rauzi

Presidential politics. Regional economics. Immigration. Health care costs. The impending family arguments at Thanksgiving dinner.

OK, we’ve got enough seriousness on our plates to literally last us through the end of the year. So let’s set that stuff aside and focus on something more locally pressing:

You’re going to the Idaho County Fair this year, right?

Of all the events you can experience in rural communities, the county fair is the most basic and as well inclusive of all its communities. Each town has its own special celebration – Border Days, Hot Summer Nights, Free BBQ Days – but the Idaho County Fair is where everyone gets to celebrate being part of this county (and really, it’s a great place!), hobnob with neighbors from all over, and also find out just what they’ve been doing with their spare time this year.

No flashy commercial booths or carnies trying to con you at the “milk bottle ring toss” game. The Idaho County Fair is an easy walk through a simpler time we still enjoy here in rural land of just who has the best apple pie, award-winning tomatoes or intricate quilts, a talent for art or photography, and “could they possibly have used any more Legos in that entry?”

Our fair gets you to slow down and have fun in something as simple as a pigtail contest, crowning of fair royalty, and watching kids run their animals through the livestock sale. There’s animal exhibits to check out, gobs of comforting fair food to help ruin that swimsuit body you’ve been working on all summer, and just so much community news to catch up on.

Overall, this is a great event to support, as you’ll be dropping dollars on local organizations, supporting local kids in their achievements, and you’ll get a nice reminder that life is more fun when it’s done in person.


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