Saturday, August 25, 2012

Perrine Bridge Festival

The Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls

If there are any adrenaline junkies reading, the Perrine Bridge Festival is gonna be your type of event! Get ready for base jumping, swimming, paddling and racing! It is taking place in Twin Falls, Idaho on Friday and Saturday, September 7th & 8th. For all the details on the event, you can visit the Perrine Bridge Festival website.

Twin Falls Base Jumping

Feel a rush that cannot be duplicated right here in Twin Falls, Idaho. The annual base jumping events commence at 10:00 am Saturday. Come join others in for a day of fun, sun, and free falling.

Twin Falls Charitable Tourism: 5k/10k Walk/Run

Saturday morning you can do something good for you and for others. Participate in a 5k or 10k for charity. Run, walk, do both or just have fun and support the “Children with Special Needs” fund. Register early to enjoy the Friday night dinner at Outback Steakhouse. The cost is $25 before September 1st and $30 after. Race starts Saturday morning (9/8) at 7:30 am at the Centennial Park.

Other Twin Falls Idaho Tourism Attractions: Run, Bike, Paddle

While visiting Twin Falls, if jumping off perfectly good bridges is just not for you, take the scenic route and participate in this three-legged event. You can compete as a group or as an individual. Participants paddle (your choice of kayak or stand-up paddle board) to the Perrine Bridge and back, a 6 mile bike ride to Auger Falls followed by a 3-mile run. The event was designed as a business to business challenge or for other groups of competitors. Pre-registration is highly suggested.

Do you have history in Twin Falls, Idaho?

Have you ever visited the Perrine Bridge for a jump, or paddled below it? What event activities sound appealing to you? We want to hear from you!

Bed and Breakfasts in Twin Falls, Idaho

When planning your trip to the Twin Falls area, whether for an exciting base jumping excursion or simply for a relaxing get away, consider one of our hospitable and welcoming South Central Idaho bed and breakfasts for your accommodations.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cassia County Fair

The Cassia County Fair is a collection of carnival rides, livestock, farm and garden exhibits. These events convey the county’s love of agriculture and define as well as unite the community.

Held August 13-18th in Burley Idaho, the Cassia County Fair and Rodeo is located at 1101 Elba Avenue - at the fairgrounds, of course!

Cassia County Fair 2012

The Cassia County Fair has all the traditional elements: 4H competitions and events, free entertainment and live music, exhibits on local business and art and a carnival. If you throw in horse racing, a rodeo and a parade you have the recipe for a wonderful day of country culture and entertainment!

The Rodeo

Held on August 16, 17 & 18th, the PRCA Rodeo tickets are $8 & $10. Three nights of wild rodeo events like bull riding, bucking broncos, calf wrestling and roping and barrel racing. There are deals and specials every night. Entertaining rodeo personalities Zeb Bell and the T-Bar Rodeo Stock will be hosting.

County Fair Concert

Tuesday night, August 14th, the Cassia County Fairgrounds will host country singer/songwriter David Nail. Tickets are $16 and $20.Born and raised in Kennett, Missouri David Nail signed a recording deal with MCA Nashville in 2007. A pair of singles from his first project, "Turning Home" and "Red Light," entered the Top 20 in Billboard's country chart. The album, I'm About to Come Alive, was released in August 2009. Nail followed his success with widespread touring before entering the studio in early 2011. He pre-released "Let It Rain," which hit number 11 just before the release of his second album, The Sound of a Million Dreams, in November of 2011. The title track was issued as the album's second single.

What is your favorite thing about the Fair?

Have you attended the Cassia County Fair before or do you plan to go this year? What makes Cassia's Fair unique?

Even if you don't have plan to visit Cassia, what was your favorite thing to do at the county fair when you were a kid? I loved the corn dogs and the Ferris wheel.

Lodging in and near Burley Idaho

Before you just book another boring, ugly and unfriendly motel, take a look at our Magic Valley Idaho bed and breakfasts for a truly unique and enjoyable lodging experience.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Schweitzer Mountain ID Fall Festival

Schweitzer Fall Festival

Schweitzer's 20th annual outdoor microbrew and music festival is taking place in Sandpoint Idaho on September 1-3 (labor day weekend). Offerings include tasting tents featuring regional microbrews, wine and soda. Several bands will perform throughout the day. This year, Schweitzer is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Fall Fest by extending it to a 3-day event. That’s right, 3 days of great fun, great music and great beer!

Part I: Microbrews

This year Schweitzer will be serving up several regional wines, hard ciders and over 40 beers on tap! For the kids, the soda tent will be a fun place where they can mix their own flavors and create wild concoctions. We’ll have arts and crafts vendors throughout the village and live music playing all 3 days. For a full schedule, check out the Fall Fest at Schweitzer website. The ever-popular souvenir mugs, glasses and steins will be on sale all weekend as well.

Part II: Music

Saturday -

11 - 1 Justin Lantrip

1:30 - 3:30 Adrian Xavier

4 - 6 Pickwick: Seattle phenomenon and Sasquatch + SXSW festival alum. KEXP called the Seattle band's sound a "juggernaut of 60's soul-inspired rock fusion that tears away from its roots and soars even higher."

Sunday -

11 - 12:30 Cedar and Boyer

1 - 2:30 Emily Wells

3 - 6 Jerry Joseph Band: Rock 'n' Roll at its finest and most raw. After three decades in the music business, Jerry Joseph is a powerful songwriter and performer.

Monday -

11 - 1:30 Not Quite Punk

2 -4 Larry and His Flask: A Fall Festival favorite from last year, the band is freshly back from Warped Tour. Their playing is fast and accurate. Many critics find their music hard to describe: labels and genres bend into a kind of rowdy bluegrass country with punk rock roots and a hint of gypsy soul.

Have you been to Schweitzer Mountain or Sandpoint?

Did you go for summer fun or winter sports? Have you attended the Fall Fest before or heard one of the performers? We wanna hear back from you!

This is the final weekend of summer operations and the chairlift will be open for sightseeing, hiking and mountain biking.

Sandpoint Lodging

There are many fine bed and breakfasts in the region where you can find lodging over labor day weekend.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Paul Bunyan Days in St. Maries

Labor Day weekend. The last long weekend of the summer before kids go back to school and the weather begins to turn cool again. Everyone needs this weekend to soak up sun rays, enjoy a little more free time and just relax. One great place for all of this is Paul Bunyan Days in St. Maries, Idaho. The festival takes place over four days, from August 31 - September 3.

Paul Bunyan Days

An audience watches a portion of the Civil War reenactment show held during the 2011 Paul Bunyan Days celebration. Photo courtesy of the St. Maries Gazette Record.

Celebrating the logging history in the region, St. Maries (pronounced Marys) comes alive with an exciting series of competitions and entertainment. Paul Bunyan Days boasts a bevy of attractions that include a carnival in city park, a Junior Olympic skills competition, a quilt show, a 5K fun run and pool events. Get ready for logging competitions, water events, Moto-cross races, food & craft vendors, music, a stunning fireworks show and much more during this family friendly send-off to summer. Sunday at dusk is one of the country’s largest arena firework shows. Monday morning is the Labor Day parade – bigger and better every year.

Visit St. Maries, Idaho

Have you visited St Maries before? If so, was it for Paul Bunyan Days? What else did you like about the city? We recommend you  shop St. Maries sidewalk sales for great bargains. Also check out the city park, which boasts “The Biggest Topless Bar in Idaho” called the Blue Ox (the beer garden doesn’t have a roof).

St. Maries, ID Lodging

There are numerous bed & breakfasts where you can stay the weekend.

St. Maries Paul Bunyan Days Event Highlights:

Saturday, Sept. 1:

10:00 a.m. Lawn Mower Races,  Registration and Inspection down at Hill A Beans Esspresso 801  Railroad Avenue across the railroad tracks.

9:00 p.m. St. Joe Valley Car Club Dance. Everyone 21 years or older is invited to the Cormana Building, City Park, to have some fun and dance the night away. Music provided by the King Pins. Tickets $5 at the door.

Check out the full schedule of events at the Paul Bunyan Days Facebook page.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Bannock County Bluegrass Festival

Events in Pocatello: Bannock County Bluegrass Festival

August 24-26, 2012

If you live for the sound of guitars twangin' and folks singin' - then make sure to get yourself to the fairgrounds in Pocatello for the Bannock County Bluegrass Festival!

The event takes place all weekend and features musicians from all over the nation, as well as local talent. Bluegrass enthusiasts also travel from far and wide to hear those sweet old-time songs and participate in the raffles and workshops that take place at the festival.

Do you love Bluegrass?

Have you attended the Bannock County bluegrass festival in the past? Are you going to attend this summer? What groups are you looking forward to hearing? We would love to hear your feedback!

Looking for lodging near Pocatello?

Look through our listings for south eastern Idaho bed and breakfasts for a place you will fall in love with during your visit.

Highlights of the 2012 Bluegrass Festival Lineup

Northern Departure: From Seattle, WA the band formed in 2008 and are in high demand in the northwest bluegrass scene. Skilled musicians with beautiful harmonizing vocals, Northern Departure is bound to keep you energized with a mix of classic, contemporary and original bluegrass favorites.

Digger Davis and Tombstone: From Norman, TX the band formed in 2004. The band consists of husband and wife Digger and Jeannie and their children Johnathan and Jamie. Digger has played music professionally for 20 years and is a former Texas state banjo champion. Son Johnathan does most of the lead vocals and plays guitar. Jeannie plays bass and daughter Jamie plays the mandolin. They tour the U.S. and Canada full-time.

Molly and Tenbrooks: From Spokane, WA the quartet has many years of professional music and performing between them. Along with bluegrass, the group enjoys performing soulful ballads and gospel music.

Portneuf Gap: A local group from Pocatello, these local fellas play from the heart and because they are passionate about sharing the original American music style, Bluegrass.

New South Fork Bluegrass: From Idaho Falls, this traditional bluegrass band came together several years ago and combines excellent playing with lovely harmonies. They have toured throughout the Northwest.

J.D. Webb and the Downstate Ramblers: From Baker City, Oregon, J.D. Webb is originally from southern Illinois and has played bluegrass music most of his life. He toured with a version of the band with the same name in the 70s and 80s and revived the band in 2009. He is the primary songwriter and plays rhythm guitar and sings lead vocals.

Chicken Dinner Road: From Treasure Valley, Idaho the band began jamming together in 2005 and enjoyed playing music together so much they decided to create a formal band. They have won the battle of the bluegrass at the Old Time Fiddler's Contest in Weiser Idaho twice.

Wild Coyotes: From Pocatello and the surrounding areas, this group plays a variety of traditional American music genres including country, folk and cowboy tunes. The string quartet combines powerful playing with lovely vocals.

Red Desert Ramblers: From Salt Lake City, Utah this band has over a century of performing between the five members. They play exciting instrumentals and are very popular at music festivals, performing all over the northwest.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Pocatello Events: RiverFest

The Portneuf River Greenway RiverFest Concert

August 18, 2012 11a.m. - 9 p.m.

The Portneuf Greenway RiverFest one-day music festival features local and regional bands. This year’s headliner is The Clumsy Lovers, a folk rock/bluegrass/Celtic jam band from the Vancouver area. The event will feature craft and commercial booths as well as lots of great food.

Other events include a horseshoe tournament and the infamous raffle. In previous years prizes have included camp trailers, boats and cars. Make sure you get a ticket, or several! The funds go towards the maintenance of the Greenway trail system.

Have you attended Events in Pocatello?

The Greenway along the Portneuf river is host to various events and activities throughout the year. Have you visited this area of Idaho before? If so, what did you enjoy most? What do you recommend to future visitors?

Pocatello RiverFest Activities and Information

The creation of the local Greenway trail system is celebrated by the community of Pocatello with RiverFest every year. The tradition began in 1992  and this annual event offers a diverse variety of activities and entertainment for both young and old. This fun event is free to the community and raises vital funds for Greenway Trail creation through a raffle, formerly called The Duck Race.

Located at Raymond Park next to Irving Middle School on the Portneuf river, it serves as a starting point for the Sacajawea Reach Trail. It is an inspiring venue for a festival focused on raising funds for the Portneuf Greenway. Within a short distance of the park is Old Town Pocatello, filled with historic buildings, unique shops and restaurants as well as the Southeastern Idaho Farmer's Market.

Please remember it's festival seating, so bring blankets, chairs and other items to make yourselves comfortable for the show. There will be a large tent for shade.

Near the stage will be numerous hands-on activity booths as well as food and beverage vendors.

Lodging in the Pocatello Area

We have wonderful bed and breakfasts in the area for you to choose from when planning your trip to the Portneuf Greenway.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Rexburg News: Madison County Fair!

Rexburg is home to the County Fair

Every August, the community in Madison County gathers to celebrate it's rich history in agriculture. The fair is a celebration of all of this and the bounty of the land. Look forward to lots of cowboys and good competition in the rodeo arena. This year, the fair will be held August 16th - 18th.

Along with outdoor entertainment and a lot of produce, home arts will be on display along with local fine art and photographs on display. All of these will have peoples choice awards so don't forget to cast your vote. Every vote counts!

Representing the youth of our community, the 4-H projects will be on display. The kids of 4-H have been working hard on their projects so make sure to stop by the animal pens and check them out. On Saturday you'll have to opportunity to bid on the animals. Everything is inside the indoor arena.

The Madison County fair is a traditional event: expect everything from baking to fashion to pigs to steers to a petting zoo.

Have you gone to the County Fair Before?

Whether in Madison county or elsewhere in the west, what is your favorite part of the fair? I know I have a few different ones - the fair food, like cotton candy and corn dogs, as well as the rodeo and the Ferris wheel. What do you and your family look forward to?

The Madison County Rodeo

When one thinks of a traditional county fair, an element that can't be missed is the rodeo. While the events at the rodeo mostly stay the same - calf roping, bull riding, bronckin' buck riding and barrel racing, it is always entertaining and exciting, every year. But that’s nothing new, right?

This year something new is happening at the Rodeo on Saturday. In May the Rexburg Ranch Rodeo and Women’s Steer Stopping became a sanctioned event, associated with the Western States Ranch Rodeo Association (WSRRA).

For years, larger rodeo associations catered to the full-time rodeo competitor, leaving a large gap for those who work full time in other professions. By including those that work full-time as ranch cowboys, smaller ranches and WSRRA will considerably enrich the ranch rodeo sport, bringing in fresh talent, showcasing more skills and encouraging seniors, women and youths to participate in a family atmosphere. Only by continuing to expand the opportunities for all ranch rodeo competitors do we ensure that the ranch rodeo heritage will continue for generations to come.

Need a place to stay while attending the Rexburg Event?

Look at our affordable, clean and friendly lodging options for Idaho bed and breakfasts.

New Event: TheMadCo Car Show

Brand new this year, the MadCo Car show will be on August 20, 2011 at the Madison County Fair Grounds from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This show will feature new as well as classic cars, motorcycles, tractors and more. From Vintage to stock and everything in between, there is something for everyone to enjoy.