The North Idaho State Fair

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Kootenai County Fairgrounds, 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815

The North Idaho State Fair started from humble beginnings 100 years ago to grow into the ten-day, community-wide entertainment and educational event that it is today!

Kootenai County’s first fairs were held in 1922 and 1923 in Post Falls and Worley, Idaho to showcase the projects of 4-H members. Then, in 1931, a 4-H fair was held at the county courthouse, with approximately 100 members participating.

As time went by, the 4-H fairs grew in scope and participation. In 1935, the County Commissioners levied 1/20th of a mill to raise approximately $800 for fair purposes. Two years later, the city purchased the old Mill Grounds for $19,000 and a Fair board was organized. A year later, a building was constructed on that site at a cost of about $3,500. In 1939, an estimated 4,000 people turned out to see the exhibits of 150 4-H members. As the years went by, barns and events, including a horse show, were added at that site.