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Grandstand Night Events

Grandstand Night Events

Published in the August 2023 Issue Published online: Aug 15, 2023 Best of IF, Events, Family Fun Guide
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Date & Time: Friday September 1st @ 7:30 pm

The Bank of Commerce Grandstands are going to shaking with hard-rock fun on Friday, September 1st when Incubus comes to town. Since their formation in 1991, iconic multiplatinum Los Angeles rock band has consciously and continually shifted their perspective with each subsequent album, preserving the spirit that initially drove them and simultaneously challenging themselves as artists and human beings.

After their first two albums, Fungus Amongus (1995) and S.C.I.E.N.C.E. (1997), the band earned mainstream recognition with the release of their 1999 album Make Yourself which spawned several hits, including the band's highest charting song "Drive".

By 2017, the band’s sales exceeded 23 million worldwide, while landing four Top 5 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 and one #1 album. They’ve graced the stages of festivals everywhere from Lollapalooza and Air + Style to Download Festival and Pinkpop in addition to touring alongside the likes of Linkin Park, OutKast, Moby, Jane’s Addiction, Queens of the Stone Age, and many more.
It’s going to be a night to remember at the 2023 Eastern Idaho State Fair.

Bull Riding Championships

Date & Time: Saturday September 2nd @ 7:30 pm

Have you ever been on one of those mechanical bulls that spin and jerk you around until you fall off? Remember how it starts off really easy and slowly becomes more difficult? Imagine starting at the hardest level that little bull offers minus the security of a control panel and a cushion under your feet, add in flailing hooves and some horns, multiply that by about a hundred and you might have an idea of what it’s like to be a contestant in the Bull Riding Championships at the Eastern Idaho State Fair. Aptly referred to as the "most dangerous eight seconds in sports," the fine art of bull riding requires a rider stay atop a whirlwind of chaos using only one hand to hold on. Make sure to get your seat early, though it's doubtful you'll spend much time in it with all the excitement packed into the Bull Riding Championships. It's gonna be wild! Join in on the hair-raising excitement on September 2, 2023.

Western Truck & Tractor Pulls

Date & Time: Sunday September 3rd @ 7:30 pm

Featuring the best truck and tractor pulling vehicles from across the entire western US, Live A Little Productions presents the Western Truck & Tractor Pulls. The show will feature multiple competition classes, from the 10,000+ horsepower multi engine tractors, to ground pounding super modified 2 wheel drive pickups, and local competitors with gas and diesel pickups!  Reviewed as the “Highest Energy, Highest Paced” tractor pull series in the entire US, this event will keep you on the edge of your seat with nonstop action and entertainment! Don’t miss this event on Sunday, September 3rd.

Gem State Classic Pro Rodeo

Date & Time: Monday September 4th, Tuesday September 5th, & Wednesday September 6th @ 7:30 pm

Due to its phenomenal success, having been PRCA Small Rodeo of the Year 2019 and numerous Top 5 Small Market Rodeo accolades, we are adding a performance on Wednesday night.  Are you ready for three unforgettable nights of bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, team roping, and more? 

We now are offering a 3 Night Rodeo ticket package where you can save money and get the best seats at every performance!

What attendees have said about the Gem State Classic:

  • Never had this much fun at the Rodeo!
  • This Rodeo is awesome!
  • Best Rodeo in the state!
  • I have been to the EISF rodeo for the last 18 years.  Best Rodeo EVER!  So glad to see the changeup.  So much more fun.  So much more energy.  Great job.  Hats off to the gal doing the music.  She was awesome!

The Gem State Classic PRCA Rodeo is proud to have the best livestock in the world from Powder River Rodeo.  With numerous Stock Contract awards from the PRCA, you can expect a memorable experience as you watch the top Cowboys and Cowgirls go up against some of the best stock in the business.

Jim Gaffigan

Date & Time: Thursday September 7th @ 7:30 pm

Are you ready to laugh out loud at the 2023 Eastern Idaho State Fair? Join us Thursday, September 7th when the hilarious Jim Gaffigan takes the stage. He is a six time Grammy nominated comedian, actor, writer, producer, two-time New York Times best-selling author, three-time Emmy winning top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling recording artist. He is known around the world for his unique brand of humor, which largely revolves around his observations on life. Tickets for his The Fun Tour, are currently at

A top ten comedian according to Forbes’ 2019 comedy list, Jim released his 8 th stand-up special, The Pale Tourist, on Amazon. He was also recently awarded for being the first comedian to reach one billion streams on Pandora. His 9th stand-up special, Comedy Monster, premiered on Netflix last December. 

In addition to two seasons of the critically acclaimed semi-autobiographical The Jim Gaffigan Show, which he wrote and produced with his wife Jeannie, and his widely popular stand-up comedy specials, Gaffigan has guest starred on many television comedies and dramas, ranging from Portlandia and Bob’s Burgers to the HBO cult hits Flight of the Concords to dramatic roles in Law & Order.  

Gaffigan and his wife currently live in Manhattan with their five loud and expensive children. For the short window of time when he’s in Eastern Idaho, he’s sure to delight with his family-friendly humor.

Walker Hayes

Date & Time: Friday September 8th @ 7:30 pm

Ready to have a Fancy Like evening at the 2023 Eastern Idaho State Fair? Walker Hayes will be here to make sure that happens on Friday, September 8th.

Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Hayes’ humble southern roots and family values shines through his entire set. After many, many years in Nashville chasing his dream, Hayes got his breakthrough singing about what he knows best – family, faith, and real life. Most unexpected of all, is that the 43-year-old father has become a country music TikTok star. Propelled by a TikTok dance Hayes made to “Fancy Like” with his teenage daughter, which has over 35 million views, his TikTok’s have been viewed hundreds of millions of times and has connected with audiences across genres.

Last year “Fancy Like” topped every country music sales and streaming chart, spent more than 6 months at the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart, hit the top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Songs, hit number one at country radio, was featured in a nationwide Applebee’s commercial and gave Hayes his first Grammy Award nomination as an artist for Best Country Song…all with a song about the simple joys of a date night at Applebee’s with his high school sweetheart, now wife, of 17 years.

What could be better than a night with Walker Hayes at the 2023 Eastern Idaho State Fair?

September Slam Demolition Derby

Date & Time: Saturday September 9th @ 7:30 pm

The Fair always has an exciting closing with the yearly sell-out Demolition Derby! Combining classic cars with creative driving and mud, the Derby never disappoints the packed grandstand arena. There is only one rule for the Derby: keep moving . . . if you can. No matter how we say it, the Demolition Derby is still one of the most exciting events of the Fair.


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