Last weekend, a little carnival popped up out of nowhere on Farmway Road in Caldwell. Turns out, it was a little warm-up for one of our area's first post-pandemic carnivals! 

The Payette Apple Blossom Festival has been a staple in the community for nearly a century! The festival had to take a break due to the pandemic in 2020, but is ready to push play on its 98th year this Thursday, May 13. One of the festivals biggest draws is the Rainier Amusements carnival at Kiwanis Park. The rides run 5 p.m. - midnight Thursday and Friday, 12 p.m. - midnight on Saturday and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Sunday. Ride all day wristbands are $30 and include two free games. If you're nearby, you can purchase them before the close of business today at these retailers or grab them online HERE.

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The weekend also includes the return of the Apple Blossom Festival Parade. This year's theme is "It's a Thriller." It starts at Saturday at noon near the flagpole on Main & 3rd Avenue North and heads down Main to 3rd Avenue North. They're also excited to bring back their fireworks display on Saturday night at dusk.

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If you've never been to the Apple Blossom Festival, there's a ton of things to see and do! You can click HERE to see the full schedule so you don't miss the beer garden, free concerts, car show, Highland Games, vendors and hamburger feed!

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