Western Idaho Fair
We had a good ten-day run at the fair this year, although the weather was less than cooperative at times. The kids had fun feeding the animals at the petting zoo and riding the carnival rides, older kids had fun shopping and eating fair food, and young and old alike found something to enjoy among this year’s fair concerts by the Doobie Brothers, Uncle Kracker and Luke Bryan, .38 Special, and Clint Black. Clean-up is underway and planning efforts for next year’s fair are already underway.
We won’t see horse racing in Ada County this year but attorney Vaughn Fisher, representing a new horsemen’s group, has formally petitioned the Idaho Racing Commission in an effort to have the new group replace the Idaho Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association as the recognized horsemen’s group for the purposes of negotiating an agreement with the operators of Idaho Downs. Attorney Fisher’s stated reason for requesting the change? He says the HBPA has no members. Stay tuned….
Twenty years ago, the Board of Ada County Commissioners (then made up of Vern Bisterfeldt, Judy Peavey-Derr and Mike Johnson) signed a twenty year agreement to lease out the property where the On the River RV Park now sits for fifty dollars a year. In exchange for the long-term lease and ridiculously low lease rate, the lessee had to spend some money to clean up and develop the site. Surely, at the time, the Board thought it was the best way to proceed; however, I believe it was wrong to tie the hands of county commissioners for twenty years into the future.
We now, finally, have the opportunity to address the RV Park situation. There has been a lot of media attention focused on the fact that we intend to shut the park down at the end of September for renovations and a good clean-up, before re-opening it as an RV Park. Some confusion stems from the fact that the current operator led people to believe that they could permanently reside at the site. Please keep in mind that this is an RV Park, NOT a mobile home park. Permanent residency has never been contemplated by the county at this location.
As an RV Park, On the River’s operation complements fairgrounds usage. Western Idaho Fair and interim event exhibitors, workers, guests, and even race horse owners from out of town, who are in Ada County on a temporary basis, are able to stay right on the grounds. It is our intention to re-open the site as an RV Park and campground, once again, as soon as renovations are complete.