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The Eastern Idaho State Fair is celebrating its 110th birthday and you're invited to the Barnyard Birthday Bash Sept. 1-8.
"It's the place for lots of excitement and fun," said fair director Brandon Bird. He announced this year's grandstand entertainment at the offices of I.E. Productions, the company charged with promoting the fair.
On Thursday and Friday of fair week there will be two concerts sure to please rock and roll fans, Bird said.
"We're bringing in Three Dog Night, which at one point had 21 straight top 40 hits, and Heart," Bird said. Fairgoers will be able to buy tickets to both concerts for $38 apiece, which includes fair admission.
Tickets for the concerts go on sale online at www.funatthefair.com on June 20. VIPs can buy their tickets two days earlier. Anyone can become a fair by texting VIPTIX to 22828 or "like" the Eastern Idaho State Fair Facebook page.
There are early bird specials for anyone who buys tickets to the concerts or the Gem State Classic PRCA Rodeo before June 30. That cost is $30 for both nights or $25 for both nights of the rodeo. It will run Monday and Tuesday of fair week.
Tickets will also be available at the Vickers western stores in Pocatello and Idaho Falls and at at the ticket office, 97 Park Street in Blackfoot from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Other grandstand events will include the bull riding championships on opening day ($15 per ticket), the RMPA tractor pull on Sunday ($20) and the Moster Freestyle MX Tour on Wednesday ($20).
"Three Dog Night and Heart have a long list of hits that will bring down the house," Bird said.
Dog's hits include "Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog," "Black and White" and "Shambala." Heart's include "Crazy on You," "Barracuda," "Magic Man" and "What About Love."
The fair will wrap up on Saturday, Sept. 8, with the demolition derby again sponsored by the Blackfoot Elks lodge.
Among the free acts which will be performing are a live shark show.
"Kids will an opportunity to see something they probably don't see very often," Bird said.
Last year over 220,000 people attended the fair during its eight-day run.