97th annual Bonner County Fair runs August 16 through 19
By Jillian Chandler
2023 marks the 97th annual Bonner County Fair, with this year’s theme MeMOOries in the Making! Historically a gathering place for families and friends and a celebration of agriculture, the fair has evolved and grown over the years to include so much more!
According to Amy Robbins, Bonner County Fair manager, there are currently 409 active 4-H members as well as many community members who will be showcasing their talents during the fair’s livestock and static exhibits. Then there’s the entertainment and grandstand evening events that include a concert, bull riding and demolition derby. Activities, contests, bounce house area, petting zoo, a magician and fun photo both can all be found at the fair. Amy notes that the antique tractors and wildlife display are wonderful additions to the fair. And no fair would be complete with the fair food!
“The fairgrounds continues to build our social media audience and look for new ideas to promote to all ages,” says Amy. “There really is something for everyone at the fair.”
The Bonner County Fair greets approximately 15,000 to 20,000 guests each year, drawing in such large numbers thanks to the fair’s focus on providing entertainment and activities for all ages and highlighting agriculture, animals and exhibits, food booths and grandstand entertainment. “You can spend the whole day at the fair looking at exhibits, checking out booths, eating your favorite fair food, and watching the grounds’ entertainment,” shares Amy.
2023 Fair Lineup:
Wednesday, August 16: Team Sorting Event (free to watch)
Thursday, August 17: Devon Wade and Miah Kohal in Concert
Friday, August 18: Challenge of Champions Bull Riding
Saturday, August 19: 4-H Livestock Sale (9am) and Demolition Derby
“We are looking forward to a great fair and invite everyone to come out and enjoy the activities, meet up with old friends and make some new ones,” smiles Amy.
There is a $3 parking fee; $1 for walk-ins. Tickets for the evening events are now available online and can be purchased at BonnerCountyFair.com.
Gather with the community for some good old-fashioned fun at this year’s Bonner County Fair, happening August 16 through 19. You’re sure to leave with some wonderful memories.