Western Days 2022 ends Sunday

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — And just like that, Western Days 2022 weekend passed … but three days of games, fried treats and more ushered in summertime fun in Magic Valley.

“Oh, I love it,” said new Twin Falls resident Melvin Mahaffey.

Twin Falls City Park was overrun with turkey leg eaters and Idaho dancers who came out to enjoy one of Twin Falls’ most popular events, even on a rainy Sunday.

“I come here every year,” said saleswoman Jenetta Rodasta, “from Friday morning to Sunday evening.”

Rodasta tells me she spent the weekend talking with people at her snow cone stand, these people tell her they’ve been looking forward to this weekend all year.

“All weekend we had incredible turnout,” Rodasta said. “I think our community needed this more than it wanted it.”

She adds that without the carnival, this year had a slightly different feel, but the extra space made room for additional bouncy houses and it helped create a great family environment.

“It allowed families with smaller children to have a great time,” Rodasta said, “rain or shine.”

The fun of Western Days isn’t just limited to games and shopping, the festival food is also a huge draw.

“Oh yes, you always have to have an elephant’s ear,” said Amie McDrummond. “You also have to go to Big Fatty’s Barbeque, get their nachos, they’re the best.”

And on stage, you find another attraction.

“My favorite part is the band,” Rodasta said, “I love the music.”

Now that the weekend is coming to an end and the festivities are drawing to a close, some are already ready for the next Western Days and they know they will be back.

“Oh, every year,” McDrummond said. “The parade is worth it, the community is worth it, come down.”

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Edward L. Robinett