Eastern Idaho State Fair has record-breaking year

Fair-goers take to the rides at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot on Sept. 5. The nine-day event saw more than 239,103 fair-goers, a new overall attendance record. John Roark / jroark@postregister.com

The Eastern Idaho State Fair added an extra day this year and was rewarded with record-setting attendance.

This year’s fair opened for the first time on a Friday, a day earlier than usual, and saw more than 239,103 fair-goers during the nine-day event, a fair news release said. The attendance record breaks the old mark, set in 2016, of 231,023. In addition to the overall attendance record, some of the individual days broke attendance records as well, the release said.

“Combine the beautiful weather we had all week with the dedication of thousands of people, the most amazing grandstand shows ever and 2017 was an incredibly successful year,” Fair Manager Brandon Bird said in the release. “… We are so grateful to be able to continue this 115-year tradition in this community.”

Plans already are starting to form for next year’s fair, which will run Aug. 31 to Sept. 8, 2018.