Bonner County Fair kicks off Aug. 18

By Reader Staff

The 95th annual Bonner County Fair will begin Wednesday, Aug. 18, with gates opening at 10 a.m. This year, the event — themed “Lettuce Turnip The Beet” — will bring all of the exhibits, food and entertainment North Idahoans know and love to the fairgrounds, located at 4203 N. Boyer Road. 

Main events featured at this year’s fair begin with a Summer Nights Concert with Copper Mountain Band on Thursday, Aug. 19. The Copper Mountain Band is known for high-energy country and classic rock music, and has been performing together for more than a decade.

Photo by Cameron Barnes.

Next, on Friday, Aug. 20, spectators can experience the thrill of the Challenge of Champions Bull Riding Competition. Tickets to this event are $12 for adults and $8 for kids (ages 6-12) on pre-sale and $15/$10, respectively, at the gate.

The fair will conclude on Saturday, Aug. 21 with the Sandpoint Smash Demolition Derby. Tickets to this event are $15 for adults and $10 for kids on pre-sale and $17/$12, respectively, at the gate.

Pre-sale tickets for all of the above events can be found at Carter Country, Les Schwab, North 40, Columbia Bank (Sandpoint and Ponderay locations), Sandpoint Super Drug and the Bonner County Fair Office. Also find tickets online at or at the gate. Gates open each night at 6:30 p.m. and the action kicks off at 7:30 p.m.

Aside from the main evening events, the Bonner County Fair will feature livestock shows, various exhibits and several contests, including a contest for best mullet, best mac ’n’ cheese, a skillet-throwing competition, a water balloon toss and more. 

A full list and schedule of events can be found in the 2021 Bonner County Fair Book, available around the county’s businesses or online at

For more information contact the main fair office at 208-263-8414.

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