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Folks wonder why some fairgrounds events cancelled

September 17, 2022

Folks have been asking why certain events are still happening at the Boundary County Fairgrounds but why most have been cancelled. To help you understand and to give you an ‘"inside" view, fair personnel are sharing some photos of what a fire camp looks like as the U.S. Forest Service has moved onto much of the fairgrounds campus. The Forest Service is renting all three of the event buildings – the Valley Event Center, Exhibit Hall and Memorial Hall.

Along with that, they are using all of the paved parking area, and have set up about eight yurts, dozens of porta-potties and their vehicles. Because of this, the paved parking lot is closed to the public.

Along with the fairgrounds, they are also using a large portion of the mill property behind the fairgrounds.

They are a well-oiled machine, with their own cleaning crew, office personnel, food truck, shower truck and even a coffee truck.

Since the outdoor arena is on the opposite side of the grounds from where the fire camp is, the fair board and U.S. Forest Service made it work so that the two large events – the Demo Derby and the Tractor Pull – could happen as scheduled.

Parking for these events is on the gravel parking lot, and people will need to walk through the park/play-ground to get to the outdoor arena events.

Unfortunately, all other events to date have been cancelled. We hope these photos will help you understand why.

As soon as they get to a point where fire crews feel their job is done and they are starting to pack up, they will let us know, and we will let the future scheduled event coordinators know. Hopefully with the cooler, moister weather it won’t be much longer.

There is a full schedule of events calendared this fall and the fair board and staff hopes they will be able to happen.

Meanwhile, they are happy that the fire crews came to help put out these fires. They have been wonderful to work with. The fair board thanks you for your patience and understanding as they navigate through this emergency in our county.

Questions or Comments? Send us an email!

Mike Weland, Publisher

6931 Main St.
P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
(208) 295-1016

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