July 29 - August 1











Ten years after the release of his first album, music listeners likely think they have a good idea about who Lee Brice is, based on his eight #1 singles and his seven CMA Award nominations.

He is, one might argue, a sensitive country roughneck, the guy who embraces the power of long-lasting relationships in “Love Like Crazy,” “A Woman Like You” and “I Don’t Dance.” He’s the guy who makes his audiences cry every time he memorializes people who sacrificed their lives on our behalf in “I Drive Your Truck.”

But with his 2020 album Hey World, people are likely hearing Brice differently. Singing next to smoky vocalist Carly Pearce on the #1 single “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” the power and range in his voice comes in loud and clear. In the follow-up #1, “One Of Them Girls,” he attacks the subject matter with bite and swagger. It’s still sensitive, but it’s imbued with an undeniable playfulness and a commanding drive.

Throughout Hey World, listeners experience a fully-formed version of Lee Brice, through the twangy power-pop of “Good Ol’ Boys,” the old-school R&B behind “Don’t Need No Reason,” the bluesy sexual tone of “Do Not Disturb,” the new wave tech flavor of “Soul,” the dark and dangerous “Sons And Daughters” and the honky-tonk middle finger in “If You.”

Those textures have always been there in one form or another – his celebratory #1 “Drinking Class” and the alt-rock undercurrent in the chart-topping “Hard To Love” bear that out – but Hey World is the deepest, widest and most complete exploration to date of Brice’s unbound creative spirit.

“There’s so much more to me, and most people who’ve been to my show, they see that,” he says. “They come out and kick the footlights out – you know, we have that side. That’s partly who I am. I’m just rowdy, fun, tough, let’s go, let’s hit it – you know what I mean? But you don’t hear it in the singles much.”

That’s changed in recent years. “Rumor,” which ascended to #1 in 2019, is a stew of blues and gospel. “I Hope You’re Happy Now” applied a big-sounding train groove to a regret-filled storyline, and “One Of Them Girls,” which topped the chart in September 2020, embraced a propulsive backbeat. Those songs helped Brice in his determination to widen perceptions of his art beyond the sensitive country balladeer.

“We have an opportunity now,” he says. “We can stretch a boundary, and we can bring some people in.”

There are already plenty of people on board the Lee Brice express. He has amassed over 2.3 billion career on-demand streams, more than 3.2 billion Pandora Radio plays and more than 450 million YouTube views. The world at large is paying attention to Brice.



HONKY TONK LEGEND. Neo-honky tonker Mark Chesnutt parlayed a solid grounding in classic country into chart-topping stardom during the ’90s. Born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1963, Chesnutt grew up listening to his father’s extensive country record collection (Bob Chesnutt had been a locally popular singer who never hit it big, and thus worked as a used-car salesman). Chesnutt learned both guitar and drums, and made his professional singing debut with his father’s band at age 15 on the local club scene. He even dropped out of high school for a time to pursue music, but later reconsidered and got his diploma; meanwhile, his father began taking him to Nashville for recording sessions. During the ’80s, Chesnutt released singles on local labels like the San Antonio-based Axbar (where he also issued a full album, Doing My Country Thing) and the Houston-based Cherry. He also served as the house headliner at the Beaumont club Cutter’s, where his band often featured future star Tracy Byrd. After around a decade of dues-paying, positive word of mouth finally helped Chesnutt land a record deal with MCA.

Chesnutt‘s debut album, “Too Cold at Home”, was released in 1990, and the title track became his first hit, climbing into the country Top Five. With a style that blended George Jones, Merle Haggard, and Bob Wills, Chesnutt went on to score four more Top Ten hits from the album: the number one “Brother Jukebox,” “Blame It on Texas,” “Your Love Is a Miracle,” and “Broken Promise Land.” By the time that string ran out, Chesnutt had finished his follow-up, 1992’s Longnecks & Short Stories. It gave him four more Top Five singles in “Bubba Shot the Jukebox” (one of Chesnutt‘s signature songs), “Old Flames Have New Names,” the chart-topping “I’ll Think of Something,” and “Ol’ Country.” Chesnutt kept his hit-machine status going on 1993’s Almost Goodbye, which gave him three more chart-toppers in the title track, “It Sure Is Monday,” and “I Just Wanted You to Know.” 1994’s What a Way to Live offered the number one “Gonna Get a Life” and the number two “Goin’ Through the Big D.”

For 1995’s Wings, MCA briefly resurrected its Decca country imprint and made Chesnutt the flagship artist; while the album wasn’t the hit factory of its predecessors, many critics dubbed it one of Chesnutt‘s most eclectic and consistent sets. Seeking to restore his commercial momentum, MCA issued Greatest Hits in 1996, and the new song “It’s a Little Too Late” went all the way to number one. 1997’s Thank God for Believers found Chesnutt back on MCA Nashville and produced a number two hit in the title cut. For 1999’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”, Chesnutt flirted with crossover material, namely the titular Diane Warren ballad that became a big hit for Aerosmith. Praised by many critics for its relative subtlety, Chesnutt‘s version topped the country charts for a month, and even reached the pop Top 20.

And, the Honky Tonk Legend is still at it! He just released a brand-new Live Album, “Live from the Honky Tonk.” This is a Double Disc set with 27 songs including all of the hits and more!



“I love the grit,” says Rodney Atkins. “I love getting sawdust on me. I love getting under the hood and getting grease all over: working hard, until your knuckles are busted.”

After more than two decades in country music, it’s hard to imagine that the Tennessee-born Atkins could still treasure the difficult moments and the arduous process of creating a song from the ground up. But he’s just the kind of artist who loves the roots as much as the tree. With six No. 1 hits under his belt, four studio LP’s and over 13 million units sold, Atkins is more invested than ever in making honest, authentic records that tell a story and showcase his unique place in the world, which is exactly what he does on his forthcoming fifth LP. But it took a moment, about three years ago, for him to take stock not just of where he’d been, but where he was going.

“I equated it to my bow and arrow moment,” Atkins says. “I felt like I needed to stop, take a few steps back. Re-aim. Re-adjust. Get back on target, and to the level I wanted to operate on.”

It was a logical moment – in the wake of his first greatest hits compilation, Rodney Atkins Greatest Hits, in 2015, he wanted his next sonic offering to not only push country music forward but stay connected to what had always made it great to begin with. And, in Atkins’ eyes, that’s songs about the highways of life, family and love. And one true love, in particular. For Atkins, that’s his wife Rose Falcon Atkins, to whom he owes so much of his creative reinvention. He credits Rose, a singer and artist herself, with helping him to find his voice again – to re-embracing melodies and the art of singing itself. Her fingerprints, whether lyrically, in a duet or just in spirit, are all over his forthcoming record.

“When I met Rose, the world made sense,” Atkins says. And he started to see music in a whole new way, writing songs and searching for ones that explored that beloved grit but were tender, too; songs that could be blasted while driving down the road or after hunting in the field but tailor-made for first kisses and first dances — songs that will live with his fans at every moment, because they lived with him, too.

“I’m a song mechanic,” he says. “I just love working on songs.” Whether writing with Rose or a stable of other revered co-writers, digging for the best jewels on Music Row or offering up his own versions of new classics like Jason Isbell’s “Cover Me Up,” his forthcoming record explores the many sides of an artist who is only moving forward and never too proud to do what makes him a little uncomfortable. From the southern swagger of “What Lonely Looks Like” or the timeless twang of “Caught Up in the Country,” that pushes boundaries through a thunderous beat and vocals from the Fisk Jubilee Singers, they all paint a picture of a man who isn’t afraid to show what he loves – be it the country lifestyle or the woman by his side – because that’s just who Atkins is. And that, he thinks, is what’s most important.

“Authenticity is everything to me,” says Atkins, who created much of the album from his own home studio in the hills of Nashville. “It’s being honest, being real. Not being afraid to reveal that piece of you. It’s about being willing to put it out there.” Indeed, there are songs about fitting in and finding a place, about our weaknesses and joys, about watching children grow and about simply letting go. Known for his numerous hits including six chart-topping tracks: “Take A Back Road,” “It’s America,” “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In Boy),” “These Are My People,” “Watching You” and “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)” – it’s a sonic progression that will excite and captivate both new fans and ones who have been on the ride all along.

And that road, for Atkins, has been an enviable one. His last studio LP, Take A Back Road (produced by Ted Hewitt), yielded his sixth career No. 1 hit and his fastest – rising single to date with the title track. And his 2006 single, “Watching You,” was named the Number One Song of the Decade by Country Aircheck, an accolade that even found Atkins himself surprised. But it’s on this newest record where Atkins sees the most accurate reflection of who he is as a man, and as a singer. This time, he focused on whether or not a song had staying power – beyond just the radio dials. But that’s certainly where they’ll be, too. “I believe in these songs,” he says. “And that they are epic.”

S T A G E   A C T S

2021 Schedule Coming Soon!


Golden Ticket – Unlimited Weekly Ride Wristband – $70
Includes unlimited rides all day, every day of Fair, for one price. Available to purchase online or in Fair Office through July 27.  Does not include Fair admission.  NOT AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ON-SITE.

Advance Unlimited Ride Wristband – $25
Good for 1 day of unlimited rides. Available to purchase online, in Fair Office or at area D&B Supply Stores through July 27.  Does not include Fair admission.

On-Site Unlimited Ride Wristband – $35
Good for 1 day of unlimited rides.  Available to purchase July 29 – August 1 at Carnival Ticket Box Office.

On-Site Single Ticket – $1
Each ride requires 3-6 tickets per rider.  Available to purchase July 29 – August 1 at Carnival Ticket Box Office.

On-Site Ticket Sheet – $20 for 24 tickets
Each ride requires 3-6 tickets per rider.  Available to purchase July 29 – August 1 at Carnival Ticket Box Office.

Major Rides: Giant Wheel, Super Shot, Rock Star, Zipper, Bumper Cars, Tornado, Gravitron, Swinger, Deluxe Sizzler, Silver Streak, Super Slide

Family/Kiddie Rides: Carousel, Super Trucks, Go Gator, Jets, Safari Train, Taxi Cars, Mardi Gras, Roc ‘N Tug Boat, Jumping Buggies, Raiders Jungle, Slide Bouncer, Dizzy Dragon

F I N A L   D R I V E

Thursday, July 29
7:00 p.m.  |  Fair Building

The Canyon County Fair “Final Drive” is a live selection, parade and celebration of Grand & Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb, Market Goat, Market Hog & Market Steer animals.

Please join us in celebrating our longstanding heritage in producing Idaho’s finest market livestock animals from our 4-H and FFA market livestock show.

L A T I N O   F E S T I V A L

Sunday, August 1

A day dedicated to Latin culture at the Canyon County Fair.  Festivities include folkloric dancing, traditional Aztec and Spanish Flamenco dancing, live mariachi music, Escaramuzas—women riding horses dancing to the rhythm of Mexican music—and musical performances by a variety of artists. 

The day will also include a variety of Latino food to choose from. 2021 Schedule Coming Soon!

M O R E   F U N

S&W Fair Explorer Program

Explore the Canyon County Fair with the S&W Fair Explorer program.  Navigate through fair exhibits and the livestock area looking for “Fair Explorer” facts.  Once you’ve found all of the facts, return your Fair Explorer program to the S&W Seed Company booth for prizes!

Aetna Senior Day

Thursday, July 29 – 2021 Schedule Coming Soon!

Concert Photos

2021 Photos

AG Activities

Farmer for A Day: interactive display, teaching kids about farming with hands-on produce baskets to play with, including:
– Apple Orchard – an apple tree, with real apples ready for picking
– Potato Patch – digging in the sand for real potatoes!
– Hen House – stuffed chickens cackle and cluck while kids gather eggs

Corn is Everywhere: three different hands-on activities in this station provide fun ways to learn that corn truly is everywhere in so many of the everyday products we eat and use:
– Corn Plinko Game:  dropping the pucks labeled with corn products delights an educates children as they coach them to fall into matching spaces
– Corn Bag Toss: tossing the corn-product labeled bags into the matching boxes reinforces the message that “corn is everywhere”
– Corn Box:  kids will be entertained as they see, feel and play with the grain and the toy tractors in the corn box

Milk Maker:  Kids and adults get the hands on feel of “milking” a cow with a wooden cut-out approximately 36” high, complete with udder and teats and sound effects!

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