Napoleon Dynamite enjoying Utah State Fair

It seems a little odd that Napoleon Dynamite, that famous Idaho resident, would be out promoting the Utah State Fair. But the ads, directed by Bryan Lefler (not Napoleon director Jared Hess) are funny enough that it doesn’t matter. Napoleon (played by Jon Heder) and sidekick Pedro (Efren Ramirez) star in three TV commercials and a handful of radio spots for this year’s fair. In one spot, Napoleon revisits the days when the carnival rides weren’t so great. “In days of yore,” he says, “the Utah State Fair didn’t have sweet rides like the Scrambler, the RockoPlane, the Octopus. … Instead, they had retarded crap like this”—at which point Pedro duct-tapes him into a flimsy cardboard box and rolls him through a field, down a set of bleachers and over a fence. “This is pretty much the worst ride ever,” Napoleon moans. The fair, to be held Sept. 8-18, is celebrating its 150th year. This year’s tagline: “All your wildest dreams will come true.”