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We can’t wait to celebrate the end of summer with you! As Kootenai County continues to adjust to staffing shortages, we ask that you to your best to plan in advance, and expect increased wait times.

The North Idaho State Fair prioritizes the health and safety for all our guests. For questions regarding our current Covid procedures please check out our full plan here >

Please keep the following points in mind when planning to spend your day with us at the North Idaho State Fair.


There are three separate entrances. The main parking lot entrance is located on Government Way, directly across from Terre Coffee Company. Kathleen Gate, located across from North 40. Dalton Gate, located by the Kootenai County Fairgrounds RV Park.

Parking is charged at $5.00 per vehicle, cash or card.

NEW THIS YEAR! To better serve all Fair guests, parking passes can be pre-purchased online prior to entry. The fastest entry point for pre-paid passes will be located at Dalton Gate.


Advance, online purchases will remain discounted at $8.00 general admission, $6.00 Senior (60+) Youth (6-12) and Military through August 28. We encourage all guests to skip the line and SAVE, by purchasing admission before their arrival. Admission tickets are valid for single use entry any day of Fair.

Onsite gate pricing is $12.00 general admission, $10.00 Senior (60+) Youth (6-12) and Military. Children 5 and under are free.

Buy Tickets now here >

Will Call is located at the West Ticket booth at the Main Gate. Guests picking up Will Call tickets will be required to show ID match the name of ticket purchaser.

Entry Policy:

No Pets - Service animals, attraction, exhibit, and demonstration animals are allowed. Staff may ask, ‘what service does this animal provide?’. Call gate supervisor for further discussion as needed.

No Outside Alcohol - Glassware, any opened beverage containers or alcohol of any kind is not permitted through admission gates. Coolers may be inspected before entry. Guests may bring food, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages.

No Riding Devices – Including bicycles, roller skates, blades, skateboards, uni-wheel boards or other modes of transportation deemed hazardous by the Fair Staff while on grounds.

Bags may be subject to search.

Findlay Arena

All Findlay arena tickets include same day Fair admission. Ticket holders can proceed directly to Fair entry gates on performance night. You will need to keep your ticket for entry through Grandstand entry gates. All arena shows are assigned seating, you will have access to your paid seat for the duration of the show. Findlay Arena gates open nightly 1 hour prior to the performance time.
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