logo AUGUST 18-27 | Boise, ID


Don’t let a bad selfie happen to you. Here are a few quick tips on how to take a great one at the Western Idaho Fair: selfie paradise.

  1. Give it character. Get an animal in there from the Small Animal Building, or with the 4-H participants. Or some great food from Food Row. You’re at the Fair, not just anywhere—make it count!
  2. Find a great attraction. Antique tractor pull? Yes. Prize-winning vegetable? Definitely. Awesome roller coaster? Totally. Farm Family Award winner spotting? Ask them for permission, then do it! That Passport to the Fair might come in handy for an award-winning selfie tour.
  3. Get the right angle. According to the Internet, a smartphone tilted at 45 degrees and positioned just above your eye line will have you looking your best. (We just saved you a ton of time and storage space on your phone by preventing you from having to take 300 pictures to get it right. You’re welcome.)
  4. Pose. Make it look as natural as humanly possible. You know, effortless. (Ha.)
  5. Shoot and share with your friends! Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat… there’s no wrong way to share.

For more fun tips for the Fair, follow our social media feeds—and find some great selfie inspiration through #ShareMyFair!

The Western Idaho Fair is the top destination for children, and a great place to learn all about agriculture, farming, and ranching. With so much to explore, we have developed a program to provide fun to your children while learning about exhibits and exhibitors throughout their Fair experience: the Passport to the Fair program.

With a Passport to the Fair, your child can participate in a Fair-based scavenger hunt, full of Fair fun. While running around to gather their clues, they’ll get a chance to see the Small Animal Building and its adorable residents, meet 4-H participants and their livestock, learn about a variety of hobbies and skills that may interest them, meet plenty of Idaho farm families, and find out about the agricultural way of life that is alive and well in the state of Idaho.

So check out the Passport to the Fair program for a fun way to experience all that the fair has to offer with your children! It begins in the 4-H department inside the South Expo building throughout the duration of Western Idaho Fair, August 21 – 30.

This year, Western Idaho Fair with the help of Boise Urban Gardens (BUGS) and Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation planed our first Urban Garden. From melons to peppers and tomatoes to eggplants, we are growing a variety of fresh vegetables at the fair. Living an urban lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to give up fresh, healthy food. If you’re looking to grow some of your own food, from herbs to produce, here are a few questions to ask before getting started.

  1. Where’s the sun? Take a look around your yard/balcony/apartment. Where do you get the most sun, and at what time of the day? Sunlight is the top priority for food plants, and some plants need more sun than others. To assess what you can grow, you need to know your sun first.
  2. What’s the temperature? Note the places where it gets warmer or cooler. You’ll want to put some plants in warm places, and others in cooler spots.
  3. How committed are you? Plants need attention, though some need more attention than others. Be honest with yourself about how much maintenance you can provide before purchasing your plants.

From August 21-30, stop by the Western Idaho Fair presented by Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation and Boise Urban Gardens. You learn about how you can get started, compatible plant types, and other fun resources. The Urban Garden is located near the Project Filter Garden Stage.

Each year, the Western Idaho Fair has an assortment of demonstrations throughout the fair, and a variety of opportunities that let you interact with animals from farms all across the area. Besides being cute, these animals can teach us a lot about where our food comes from.

One of the chores Idaho farmers must endure? Chicken baths. Chickens are one of the only animals that don’t bathe themselves in water, preferring dust baths instead. But for a variety of reasons we won’t get into because it’s gross, they need regular cleaning. So how do you give a chicken a bath?

  1. Find a large basin or sink, preferably one for washing and one for drying. Place rubber shelf liner on the bottom to prevent slipping. Run lukewarm water into the tub.
  2. Hold the bird securely with one hand on the wings, and place him into the tub slowly.
  3. Soak the feathers for a while to make them easier to clean. Use a spray nozzle to get those hard-to-reach areas, particularly those feathers in the back.
  4. Apply a small amount of baby shampoo to the feathers, and work into a lather. Gently massage the dirty areas to get that caked-on nastiness off without pulling. Use a gentle brush if you prefer.
  5. Rinse the bird well with clean water, squeezing excess moisture from the feathers, and then wrap in a large towel to dry. Air drying is great for finishing off (unless it’s cold outside), or you can use a hair dryer as well.

And there you have it: chicken bathing. For more fun animal lessons, and to watch Jerry give a chicken a bath, check out the Small Animal Building at the Western Idaho Fair August 21-30!