The Canyon County Board of County Commissioners announced today their plan to keep the Canyon County Fair at its current location in Caldwell for the foreseeable future.
“We’re excited to announce a renewed effort to keep the Canyon County Fair right here in Caldwell,” said Commissioner Tom Dale. “We will be working with the various stakeholders moving forward to identify things we can do to update and enhance the current facilities in order to continue to make the fair an exciting family destination for years to come.”
Canyon County purchased the 80-acre property on Hwy 20-26 in 2009 to provide a potential alternative location to host the fair. The Board of County Commissioners at the time agreed to allow the Canyon County Fair Board the opportunity to conduct a capital campaign to raise private funds to construct new fairground facilities at the site. However, with today’s announcement the Board of County Commissioners will remove designation of the site as a future fairgrounds and pursue alternative uses for the property.
“It was never the intent of the Commissioners to use additional tax dollars to pay for the fair’s relocation,” said Commissioner Pam White. “We appreciate the dedication of those individuals and organizations that worked towards a project that may have been a great benefit to the community at one time. However, at this time it’s in the best interest of the community to redirect our focus and energy on the current location in Caldwell.”
Today’s decision follows recent changes to the structure of the Canyon County Fair. In 2015, the Board of County Commissioners signed an ordinance designating the Canyon County Fair Board as an Advisory Body, effectively relieving it of certain accounting, contracting, and other administrative duties. The change in structure was made possible when the county’s population exceeded 200,000 people, as explained in Idaho Code Section 22-202A.
County Looking For Individuals To Serve On Fair Advisory Board
Canyon County is currently accepting applications to fill a vacancies on the Canyon County Fair Advisory Board. Membership on the Advisory Board is by appointment of the Board of County Commissioners and is for a 4-year term. The requirements to apply are as follows:
- The Canyon County Fair is an annual event conducted for the educational benefit of 4-H and FFA members and to showcase the Canyon County community. It is managed by the Canyon County Fair Director, in cooperation with the county Extension staff and with the Fair Board of seven (7) volunteer members.
- Board meetings are held the bi-weekly at the Canyon County Fair Office. Members are notified of any changes in dates and/or locations.
- Board meeting attendance is critical to the efficient management of the Fair.
- All board members serve on committees, which require additional meeting time and/or planning sessions.
- Extensive involvement of all board members is required during the Fair in order for all events and shows to be conducted in an organized and timely manner.
Interested parties are encouraged to apply by filling out the Fair Board Application Form and submitting it to the Commissioners’ Office, located on the first floor of the Courthouse. Applications can be picked up in the Commissioners’ Office or downloaded by clicking above.