The food court at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds became a lake for awhile on Saturday.
After a summer with little rain, Blackfoot, Shelley and other parts of Bingham County got over an inch all at once.
About 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, rain and hail pounded the community, leaving 1.37 inches of water behind.
Hail, some as big as a quarter-dollar coin, also struck parts of the county. Shelley High School had enough of the icy stuff on the grass next to the building that it had the appearance of a snowdrift.
Although there were no reports of damage, flooding was common.Teresa Maher posted a photo a flooded parking lot at Ridley's parking lot and Blacker's furniture store near Interstate 15.
" We have a giant puddle in the Food Court after the rainstorm this afternoon!," someone from the Eastern Idaho State Fair posted on Facebook. "Let's hope the rain stays away during fair week."
Rain has put a damper on festivities at the Fair each of the past two years. It struck early in the week two years ago, cutting attendance by about 10 percent. Last year it struck late on the final day so there was little impact on attendance.
The Fair opens on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the parade down Shilling Street. Booths, displays, etc. will also open at that time and will remain open until 10 p.m. until Saturday, Sept. 7.
For a complete schedule of events, go to www.funatthefair.com or pick up a copy of the Morning News fair edition on Tuesday.
Saturday's rain came a day after a downpour drenched parts of Pocatello with 2.16 inches of rain. That storm flooded parts of the Gate City, including many street underpasses.