Grand Marshal


Each year, the Eastern Idaho State Fair Board of Directors selects a Grand Marshal to represent the EISF at the Opening Day Parade. The Grand Marshal is selected for his or her lifetime service to the Eastern Idaho State Fair and/or the community. Nominees must be located in or affiliated with the 16 counties that comprise the EISF: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Caribou, Clark, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Oneida, Power, and Teton.

Nominations are accepted throughout the year. Nominations forms must be turned in by May 15, 2017 for the nominee to be considered for that year’s fair. The Grand Marshal is announced in July annually. Download the Nomination Form PDF found to the right.

2017 Grand Marshal

The Eastern Idaho State Fair Board of Directors has named Jeffrey & Bobbette Wright as Grand Marshal of this year’s Eastern Idaho State Fair. They will lead the annual EISF Parade down Shilling Avenue on Saturday, September 2, at 10 am.

After a lifetime of service to the Eastern Idaho State Fair, Jeffrey and Bobbette Wright have been named as Grand Marshals for the 2017 EISF, representing Power County. This powerhouse couple has been instrumental in many lives of 4-H youth over the years, by tirelessly dedicating their energy and resources to leading different aspects of the program, particularly in horse care.

Not only was the couple involved in 4-H, their three daughters and five grandchildren keep the tradition alive to this day. There hasn’t been very many years, if any, when someone from the family wasn’t displaying a prized animal at the Eastern Idaho State Fair.
Jeff and Bobbette have a long history with the Eastern Idaho State Fair. Not only have they participated in their 4-H capacities as presenters, but Jeff served on the Board of Directors from 1998 until he retired as Chairman in 2012. The Board of Directors of the Eastern Idaho State Fair is compromised of 6 appointees from the 16-county region the fair represents. This group of esteemed individuals is responsible for making major decisions involving all aspects of the Eastern Idaho State Fair, including the decision to add an extra day to the annual event. Starting in 2017, the fair will officially open on the Friday before Labor Day and continue as normal through the following Saturday.
“This extra day has been a long time coming. There is too much entertainment and events for just eight days, people need to be able to spread it out so they can come more,” says Jeff. “Next year let’s add another four to six days and maybe then there will be time to do it all.”
Jeff and Bobbette recognize the hard work put into the fair each year by countless staff. The couple says the fact people keep coming back is a tribute to not only them but everyone who works so hard to put the fair together.