Bigger WAS better — barely

Greg Eichelberger
Staff Writer

The Eastern Idaho State Fair, marking its 115-year anniversary, increased its record attendance total from last year by 8,080 by adding an extra day to the festivities.
People from all over the region came out to enjoy the biggest event in Eastern Idaho.
This year, the EISF opened for the first time on Friday, a day earlier than usual, and kicked off the highest-attended fair in the long history of the event. More than 239,103 (up from 2016 record of 231,023, an average of more than 26,000 attendees per day) showed up to enjoy this nine-day event.
Some of the individual days broke record attendance, contributing to this record number. The theme this year was Bigger is Better in honor of the additional day.
Each year, the EISF sets out to build upon the amazing tradition of unforgettable food and entertainment.
As always the grandstand events drew huge crowds, with this year producing more grandstand crowds.
Read the entire article in the Sept.12 edition of the Blackfoot Morning News