Idaho International Summerfest gets new look

Dance teams from countries such as Mexico, China, Russia and Egypt will take part in the 29th Idaho International Summerfest scheduled July 3 through July 12 in Rexburg. Getty Images

The Idaho International Dance and Music Summerfest is getting a makeover.

This year, it will have several new events, a new location and will start earlier than in previous years.

The Summerfest kicks off July 3 and runs until July 12. This year’s rendition will feature new events including an art contest and a humanitarian project to make and collect supplies for residents in Third World countries. It also will feature staples from past years, including the gala performances with music and dancing groups from around the world as well as the street festival and parade.

“We’ve made some changes this year,” said Donna Benfield, executive director of the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce. “We changed the venue for the gala performances; we’ve changed ticket prices and have added several new events and we’re holding it a lot earlier in the month.”

Previously Summerfest took place during the last week of July and the first week of August and the gala performances were held on the Brigham Young University-Idaho campus. Benfield said chamber leaders felt that wasn’t the best time to hold the event.

“We realized we could make it better and more accessible for community members,” Benfield said. “We’re holding it earlier in the summer, when BYU-Idaho students and faculty will still be in town. We’ve also added some new events and have made some changes to ticket prices.”

Benfield said since classes are in session at BYU-Idaho, the gala performances will be held at the auditorium at Madison High School, 2300 University Blvd.

In previous years, ticket prices for events were $10 per person. This year, tickets cost $8 for adults and with every adult ticket, two children are admitted free.

To purchase tickets or see a full schedule of events, visit www.idahosummerfest.com.

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