Goodbye MooDonna, hello Happy: Eastern Idaho State Fair welcomes new ambassador of fun

Information courtesy, EISF

BLACKFOOT – There will be a new face around the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds come September – a happy, furry, friendly face.

The fair is introducing a new mascot, with his own backstory and personality. For a little fun, here’s the dish on Happy:

Orphaned at an early age, Happy was subsequently raised by street monkeys in the backcountry of Belize. After he was adopted by Chilean miners, he spent years underground honing his people skills. When the mine collapsed, his father brought their family back to the homeland and took a job as a parasail operator in the popular vacation destination of Port ‘O Poti, Belize. Happy enjoyed his time on the white-sandy beaches where he thrived on corn dogs and pre-fab ice cream treats.

Happy went on to earn a degree in Interpretive Confectionary Art and spent several years touring the world with the Ringling Brothers Circus as the head of cotton candy. After a brief stint in sugar rehab, he formed his own company, Happy Incorporated, and has become a popular children’s personality around the world, often appearing at parties for A-list celebrities including Robert Downey, Jr. David Hasselhoff and the Kardashians.

Happy is filling the shoes (or should we say, hoofs) of the Eastern Idaho State Fair’s previous mascot, MooDonna.

The“udderly fantastic” cow had been the face of the fair for many years and got her name through a Facebook contest.

In July 2011, the Name the Udderly Fantastic Cow contest invited the public to give a

name to the fair’s six-foot tall, three-dimensional dairy cow mascot seen on highway billboards

around Rigby, Idaho Falls and Blackfoot. With names submitted through the fair’s Facebook

page, the contest then announced the top five names – Moo-Donna, Sweet Pea, Moo-Tilda,

Udder-Ella, and Buttercup. Once the names were released, fans took to Facebook to vote for the winning name. After a week of votes and fun on Facebook, “Moo-donna” was the clear winner. In total, several hundred names were posted on the Fair’s Facebook page and more than 2,500 Facebook fans cast their votes on the top five. The name MooDonna was originally the idea of Summer Gibbs from Moreland, Idaho. 

Today, MooDonna is enjoying retirement in one of Idaho’s many beautiful pastures.

For more information on the Eastern Idaho State Fair, visit http://www.funatthefair.com/

Name: Happy Hometown: Port ‘O Poti, Belize Height: 4’3” Weight: 255 pounds of pure happiness Favorite Saying: Don’t worry, be happy Favorite Food: Corn dog flavored ice cream Relationship Status: It’s complicated

Name: Happy
Hometown: Port ‘O Poti, Belize
Height: 4’3”
Weight: 255 pounds of pure happiness
Favorite Saying: Don’t worry, be happy
Favorite Food: Corn dog flavored ice cream
Relationship Status: It’s complicated

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