FILER — This week, city lights will meet country nights at the Twin Falls County Fairgrounds.
The Twin Falls County Fair & Magic Valley Stampede kick off Wednesday with six days of family-friendly fun. Online ticket purchases are unavailable this year, so tickets must be purchased at the fair office or by calling 208-326-4396.
The theme this year is “City Lights and Country Nights.” Here’s your guide to five events going on this week that are open to children and adults of all ages:
Monster Truck Tour
At this six-truck show, drivers race side-by-side, jump over cars and show off radical tricks in the freestyle competition. A free-style motocross show takes place during the intermission.
“The kids really get a kick out of that, and so do the adults,” Fair Manager John Pitz said.
Drivers will be available for a meet-and-greet beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, but the main show begins at 7 p.m. in the main arena.
Tickets cost $11 and do not include fair admission. Children 5 and younger can attend for free.
The Magic Valley Stampede, a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo, begins nightly at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in the main arena. Events include the usual favorites such as bareback riding, barrel racing and bull riding.
Thursday and Friday nights are less expensive, Pitz noted — $8 at the door plus fair admission. Saturday costs $11 at the door, plus fair admission.
Mutton bustin’ rides occur nightly in the middle of the rodeo, and all rides have been reserved for weeks. However, on Thursday and Friday nights attendees will receive a free ticket and a chance to win a TV provided by Wilson-Bates Furniture.
On Saturday, the Twin Falls County Fair Foundation will host a 50/50 raffle where the winner receives 50 percent of the pot, Pitz said. Proceeds go toward improvements at the fairgrounds.
The Mighty Thomas Carnival returns this year, and until noon Wednesday (or while supplies last), all-day ride vouchers can be purchased for $20 at Oasis Stop and Go service stations and at the fair office. Afterward, the price for unlimited rides goes up to $30 a day.
However, anytime Wednesday you can get a discount coupon at McDonald’s restaurants for the McDonald’s Mighty Value Kids Day. This coupon gets you one unlimited ride wristband for $20.
For Pal Day on Monday, unlimited ride passes cost $15 each.
If you don’t plan on getting the day pass, individual rides typically take 3-5 tickets, Pitz said. Carnival tickets cost $1 each.
All games for prizes will take cash only, and a special “speed ride” is also cash-only.
The carnival is open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday; and noon to 9 p.m. Monday. Some rides have height restrictions.
At 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., all six days at the fair, families can watch a hypnotist show at the free stage in the park. Comedy hypnotist Michael Swenson will take volunteers willing to be hypnotized to perform acts in front of an audience.
This event is especially popular among teenagers and young adults, Pitz said. It is free with fair admission.
Children and adults can enjoy a petting farm by watching baby chicks hatch, milking a cow or feeding the animals. The farm includes typical farm animals, as well as a few exotic ones.
“It’s a little different each year,” Pitz said.
The petting farm is located in Kiddie Land at the carnival, and is open during carnival hours. It is free with fair admission.