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Bonner County 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.

Opportunily 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!

Memorial Water Garden

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.

Aerial Photo of the Fairgrounds

  About The Fair Board  

The Bonner County Fairboard 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 Fairboard 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 Fairboard is to ensure that the fair and fairgrounds always reflect the educational and entertainment requirements and interests of our growing community.

2014Meetings: Monday, February 4th, 6:00 pm, Monday, March 4th, 6:00pm, Monday, April 7th , 6:00pm, Monday, May 5th, 6:00pm, Monday, June 2nd, 6:00pm, Monday, July 7th, 6:00pm, Monday, August 4th, 6:00pm, Monday, September 6th, 6:00pm, Monday, October 6th, 6:00pm, Monday, November 3rd, 6:00pm and Monday, December 1st, 6:00pm.

Bonner County Fair Board Members                                Bonner County Fair Staff
Tim Cary - Chairman                                                                Rhonda Livingstone - Fair Manager
Gail Curless - Vice Chairman                                                      Robert Snider- Head Groundskeeper
Roberta Knudsen - Treasurer                                                   Jenny Baker - Administative Assistant
Marj Tilley - Sargent of Arms                                                     Beverly Curtis - Janitor
Sharon Dalton                                                                          Leigh-Ann Coleman - Secretary
Elaine Linscott
Larry Enright

Bonner County Junior Fair Board Members                     Junior Board Info:

Logan Johnson - President                                                      Duties and Responsibilities
Jenay Turnbaugh - Vice President
Ashley Dreyer- Secretary
Abigail Nelson - Reporter                                                                                                                                  Aislynn Robertson
Sammy Russel
Derek Sawyer
Emily Navarra
Adeola Ogbeide

Contact Information:

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

Guest Services during the Fair:

Food We have 4 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.
Security TBA

Sponsorship Information

The Bonner County Fairboard 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                                                                                                                                

Scene from "Worlds Smallest Rodeo,”
sponsored by Panhandle State Bank and Wrangler Jeans.

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.

In 2014 we will continue to provide contests and activities. The theme is "Welcome to the Land of Awes". We open pre-fair by kicking off with the Bonner County Rodeo on Friday, August 15th and Saturday, August 16th. Both performances will start at 7:00pm. Grand entry will introduce Miss Bonner County Rodeo 2014 Laurel Presserand Miss Teen Bonner County Rodeo 2014 Miranda Yetter, Little Miss Rodeo2013 Sarrah Eberly. We will provide local barrel racing and muttin bustin' for your enjoyment with sign ups at the gate. Tickets are available at Sandpoint Super Drug, Les Schwab Tire Center, and the Fair Office. On Sunday, August 17th, you may enter your static exhibits from 1:00pm-5:00pm. Monday, August 18th from 8:00am-10:00 am will be for flowers only. Fair will begin Tuesday, August 19th, through Saturday, August 23rd. Queen for a Day and the 2014 Fair Royalty will be announced on the Ed Brown Band Stand Tuesday, August 19th at 5:30pm.

Ag-Ventureland Cowboy Boot Camp!

The Demolition Derby will be Saturday, August 23rd, at 7:00pm with gates opening at 6:00pm. This event has sold out for the last three years, so get your tickets early. Tickets are available at Sandpoint Super Drug, Les Schwab Tire Center, and the Fair Office.

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 organisations. 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. This year's community project is to have an "After Fair" at Assisted Living on Tuesday August 27th. The Junior Advisory Board will host a mini fair at the facility for the residents.

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

In 2010, we opened a new RV Campround 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".

Note new dates Aug 19-22

Tuesday August 19th through Friday August 22nd we are having a fundraiser for the fairgrounds. The 30-30-30 art project was created to help raise money for the fairgrounds facilities. We asked 30 local artists to contribute 30 works of art to sell for $30 each. There will be 900+ works of art available through this project. Half of the proceeds will go back to the artist, and the other half directly to the fairgrounds. This is about raising money for an entity that does so much for our community. Please come down and offer your support, and expose yourself to art!

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.

                           Our New EMS Building

Our grounds keepers built the Bonner County EMS a new building to provide emergency services at any of our events. This is a very important addition to the fairgrounds for the safety of our patrons.


Directions and Contact Info

"Welcome to the   Land of Awes"

Bonner County Fair 2014
August 19-23

Bonner County Rodeo Committee Monthly Meetings

Meetings every 2nd Wed
at 6pm through Dec

Call Fair Office for details 263-8414

*Fair Info*

Upcoming Meetings

Junior Fairboard
5:00 pm conference rm

6pm conference rm





Christmas Fair

Saturday, December 6

9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m



Click on link below for entry

Play Day entry Form