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.