High-flying Fun at the Fair
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – Engines roared – and spectators cheered – at the Shouse Arena on Wednesday for the monster truck competition and freestyle motocross.
Wednesday was the first day of the 101st annual Twin Falls County Fair. This year’s theme is “City Lights & Country Nights,” but on Wednesday it was all about the roar of an engine or the whine of a high-flying motorcycle.
Jump, Crush, Cheer
Four trucks were scheduled to compete in the All-Star Monster Truck Tour, but one of the trucks had mechanical difficulties even before the show started and had to be pulled off the lot.
The three remaining drivers and their trucks – The Scarlet Bandit, Double Trouble and Bounty Hunter – showed off by jumping and crushing cars and doing donuts in the dirt, emitting loud bursts of cheers from the audience.
New this year were the freestyle motorcyclists, two Magic Valley riders who flew through the air on – and in most cases off – their dirt bikes.
If the response from the crowd has anything to do it, you can likely expect to see these daredevils again next year.
Snap, Buck, Sing
If you missed Wednesday's action, there are still plenty of more things to do and see at this year's fair.
The photo booth is always a popular attraction at the fair, and this year there are some real winning photography in all categories – novice, intermediate and professional.
Photographers could submit images in several categories, including architectural, landscape and photojournalism, to name a few. Blue, red and white fair ribbons don the winning images, with a few of them winning additional recognition by local companies or groups.
If you like buckin’ broncos, you’ll like the PRCA Rodeo, an annual favorite at the fair. The rodeo starts today and will be held every day through Saturday.
There’s cost to attend the rodeo, but some of this year's free shows include comedy hypnotist Michael Swenson; mini dog races called the Fido 500; and the "Thank a Farmer Magic Show." Also, keep an eye out for an attractive woman leading a fire-spitting dragon called "Fire Stryker" around the fairgrounds.
The Animal Specialties Petting Farm is a popular attraction for young and old, and this year there are some new visitors to the fair: 5-week-old goats and baby potbellied pigs. (Watch for an upcoming story on News Radio 1310 about the Arkansas-based animal group and its mission to promote agriculture across the country.)
For you country music fans, singer Trace Adkins will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday.
To view a complete schedule, go online to the Twin Falls County Fair.