Fairgrounds

Miniature mules at the Fairgrounds
Miniature mules at the Fairgrounds

From the desk of Rhonda Livingstone – Fair Manager:

The Bonner County Fairgrounds is located in Sandpoint, Idaho. Sandpoint is located in the panhandle of North Idaho on the northern shores of Lake Pend Oreille and at the foot of the Selkirk Mountains. The Bonner County Fairgrounds is north of beautiful Sandpoint, and nestled near the base of the mountains, creating an ambiance of scenic beauty.

There is always something going on at the Bonner County Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds may be the place for your event whether you are planning a company party, wedding, a fundraiser, trade show, horse show or even a meeting. The Bonner County Fairgrounds is the place for you! Our Main Exhibit building is ideal for trade shows, banquets, and reunions; we have ample room for exhibits and patrons alike. Other buildings and grounds can be rented based on the needs of the event. We can provide tables and chairs, bleachers, stages and we have ample parking.

Opportunity located less than 2 miles North of downtown Sandpoint and 1 mile East of Ponderay, the Fairgrounds is within minutes from lodging, food, shopping and Highway 95.

To get to the Fairgrounds, take 95N to Schweitzer Cut-off Road and turn left, then right on N. Boyer Road and turn left into the fairgrounds. The Fair Office is located around the back of the Main Exhibit building!

Demolition Derby~Rodeo~Battle of the Bulls~Wedding Expo~Christmas Fair~Gun Shows~Home & Garden Shows~Horse Shows~Barrel Racing~Fundraisers~Draft Horse Show~Lost in the 50’s~Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Dinner & Auction~SARS Ski Swap~Craft Shows~Rabbit Show~Veteran Stand Down~Small Animal & Dog Shows~Reining Competitions~Holiday & Other Parties~Meetings~Auctions~RV Rallies~plus much more!

Our Facilities

Did you know that you can rent the fairgrounds for your: wedding, company party, convention, fundraiser auction, show, horse shows, or just about any occasion. We have buildings and grounds to facilitate almost any event. The fairgrounds is just the place for your event. By reservation, we also can meet your winter storage needs, summer camping, and we provide overnight stall rentals.

The fairgrounds has 92 stalls available for overnight rental. For you, we have a newly renovated campgrounds with 33 dedicated sites including restrooms with showers and a covered pavilion. Each site has water and electricity hook-ups, and there is an RV dump station out front. Reservations are recommended.

 About The Fair Board

The Bonner County Fair Board is comprised of 7 people who bring a diversity of skills, talents and professional experiences together for the common purpose: to provide a free educational opportunity for the residents of Bonner County to display (for competition) ideas/articles from their areas of expertise and interest, as well as allowing local organizations and businesses an opportunity to present their products to the public. Our Mission statement “Promote the agricultural heritage and future of the county by providing opportunities for education and entertainment, while preserving rural traditions”. The members meet monthly on a regular basis to decide policy and make sound, knowledgeable decisions about the Fairgrounds and the business of the Fair. Members are appointed by the County Commissioners and serve 4-year terms, without pay. Terms are renewable, at the will of the Commissioners. The Fair board assists the Fair Manager in setting budget, makes decisions on personnel, facility improvements, safety issues, building rentals and fair entertainment. A main concern with the Fair board is to ensure that the fair and fairgrounds always reflect the educational and entertainment requirements and interests of our growing community.

Bonner County Fair Board Members

  • Tim Cary – Chairman
  • Gail Curless
  • Marj Tilley
  • Monica Gunter
  • Sharon Dalton
  • Elaine Linscott
  • Larry Enright
Bonner County Fair Staff
  • Rhonda Livingstone  – Fair Manager
  • Sheena Feidler – Administrative Assistant
  • Robert Snider- Head Groundskeeper
  • Beverly Curtis – Janitor
  • Monica Gunter-Fair Help
  • Gary Spurgeon – Part Time Groundskeeper

Bonner County Junior Fair Board Members  

  • Logan Johnson
  • Jenay Turnbaugh
  • Emily Navarra
  • Abigail Nelson
  • Aislynn Robertson
  • Derek Sawyer
  • Sammy Russell
  • Adeola Ogbeide
Junior Board Info:

Contact Information:

Phone (208) 263-8414
Fax (208) 265-2214
General e-mail bonnercountyfair@intermaxnetworks.com
Mailing Address PO Box 47                                     Ponderay, ID 83852
Physical Address 4203 North Boyer Rd.                       Sandpoint, ID 83864
Rhonda Livingstone – Fair Manager bcfair@intermaxnetworks.com
Robert Snider – Head Groundskeeper bcfairgrounds@intermaxnetworks.com

 

Guest Services during the Fair:

Food We have 45 food Booths located in Food Booth Building and 7 outside vendors
Wheelchairs We have 2 wheelchairs and 1 walker, first-come basis
First Aid Bonner County EMS, located just outside the indoor arena
Lost Patrons The fair office is the location where lost souls will be reunited. If someone is lost, check there.
Customer Service Fair programs, ground maps, vendor locations and general information are available in the fair office.


Sponsorship Information

The Bonner County Fair Board provides creative venues for sponsors to make consumer awareness and branding opportunities available and to help sponsors achieve their goal. We can make available the marketing impact and the opportunity for your business to stand out.

In these economic times, we can offer affordable, cost effective ways to reach their market and customers. Our vibrant exposure is what Bonner County Fair and Rodeo’s Sponsorship Program is all about. We offer several advertising channels; our Sponsorships provide non-traditional advertising that will provide your company with impact, exposure and other benefits that increase buying motivation, acceptance  and preference. We are offering a partnership. We offer other measurable benefits; discount ticket offers, register to win promotions, advertising tags and on-site sales.

We have an assortment of Sponsorship levels to fit every marketing necessitate. We will construct the perfect sponsorship for you.

For more information call Rhonda Livingstone at (208) 263-8414

Bonner County Fair

The Bonner County Fair provides clean, old-fashion, wholesome entertainment, which in turn provides fun for each member of any family. It affords an opportunity to reminisce about old times and to make new friends. The exhibits promote friendly rivalry among those who participate and make others want to participate.

One of the Fair Board member’s main objectives is to help rural youth-those who are involved in Junior Fair Advisory Board, 4-H and other youth organizations. Bonner County Fair provides a place to “showcase” communication skills, exhibit talents, display animals or products to compare them, to compete in the selling of them, and in the process, build character and prepare these same youngsters to become the adult leaders for the future.

The Bonner County Fair is successful due to our support base. Our beautiful facility is due to our supporters. The Fair Board and Fairground’s staff appreciates all the assistance, love and loyalty given.

In 2010, we opened a new RV Campground with 33 camp sites with power, asphalt pads and water. Restrooms with showers and a covered pavilion are also available within the campground. Cost for camping during fair is $60 and reservations are highly recommended.

The Bonner County Fair is where Memories are made. A time for reunion and reflection in an atmosphere where past meets present.

We remain to stay true to our mission statement “Promote the agricultural heritage and future of the county by providing opportunity for education and entertainment, while preserving rural traditions”.

In 2013, the Bonner County Fair won the John Deere Agriculture Award of Excellence, out of all 5 divisions and several other countries!

Camping Facilities

Enjoy our newly renovated campground with 33 dedicated sites including restrooms with showers, picnic tables, and a covered pavilion. Thanks to an Idaho Parks grant, we have paved the campgrounds, added a sprinkler system, and purchased more picnic tables. Our campground has both sunny and shady spots, and is tucked away on the north end of the fairgrounds. It is not visible from the road, lending to your feeling of privacy and seclusion.

There is a public transit bus in Sandpoint, the S.P.O.T. bus. They have a pick-up/drop off site here at the fairgrounds. They are a free public transit that offers rides into downtown Sandpoint.

Reservations are recommended. The rate is only $25.00 per night, and payment for the first night (non-refundable) will hold your reservation. The office is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 – 3:30. If you arrive later than 3:30, our camp hosts, Dennis and Linda, are in space #32. Please make sure to read our Rules and Regulations, and let us know if you have any questions.

   

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