Eastern Idaho State Fair

The Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot is expected to make a full comeback this summer.

Several popular events are expected to return this summer, including the Bannock County Independence Celebration, the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration and the Eastern Idaho State Fair.

All of the events were canceled or significantly scaled back last year due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. But now that vaccines are available, organizers believe they will be able to bring the events back in full force.

“The community needs something to celebrate,” said Scott Crowther, chief of staff for the Bannock County Commissioner’ office.

The Bannock County Independence Celebration is set to take place at the Bannock County Event Center in Pocatello on July 3.

Crowther said they’re still making plans, but the celebration should include several activities throughout the day as well as a concert and fireworks show that night.

“We anticipate (it will be) similar to what we did a couple years ago,” Crowther said.

More details will be posted on the county’s website and the Bannock County Event Center’s Facebook page as they become available.

The Melaleuca Freedom Celebration, which touts itself as the largest Independence Day fireworks show west of the Mississippi River, is also expected to return this year.

Officials say the fireworks show, which is scheduled to take place at Snake River Landing in Idaho Falls beginning at 10:03 p.m. on July 3, will be bigger and better than ever.

“It’s time for our community to come back to life, so we’re not only planning to celebrate our nation’s independence but also our American way of life in spite of a virus that has dramatically changed the world,” Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot said in a news release. “Once again, the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration will pay tribute to over one million American heroes who gave their lives over the last two and a half centuries to attain and protect our independence from any other nation and the many freedoms that we sometimes take for granted.”

For more details, people can visit freedomcelebration.com.

Riverfest, the daylong celebration at Snake River Landing that leads up to the fireworks show, will also return this year, according to the Post Register.

The Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot, which had to significantly scale back its activities last year, is also expected to make a full comeback.

The event is scheduled for Sept. 3 to 11.

“We have full plans to fold a full fair in every way possible,” said Brandon Bird, the fair’s general manager. “(We’ll have a) full grandstand entertainment lineup, carnival and all of our wonderful vendors and concessionaires. We’re working toward a big celebration at the end of the summer.”

Bird said they will release more details about this year’s entertainment lineup in late May or early June.

In the meantime, they’re already taking nominations for this year’s Grand Marshal as well as vendor applications.

For more details, people can visit funatthefair.com.