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Anything Potato Event Held To Raise Money For An Event Center
Filer, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Anything potato. It was a fundraiser held Saturday night to raise money for a new event center at the Twin Falls County Fairgrounds.
"We tried to come up with a way to raise funds for the foundation. Something that's a little unusual and that relates to Southern Idaho. So that's why we came up with the anything potato because of course this is potato country," said Stan Mai with the Twin Falls County Fair Foundation.
Local businesses and organizations jumped in to help with the fundraiser. They brought all kinds of foods that were made with potatoes. Anything from potato salads to potato ice cream and even potato donuts and candy.
"The money is going to be used to start the process of building hopefully in the future building an event center. But we have to get the process started and we need some seed money to get some studies done and things like that. But that's the ultimate goal," said Mai.
The idea of an event center is to bring indoor entertainment to the Magic Valley.
"Basically an event center at the fairgrounds would allow us to do year round events of a decent size. Right now we've got these smaller buildings and we can do craft shows and that type of thing," said Twin Falls County Fair Manager John Pitz.
While there has been talk of an event center in the magic valley for over a decade, the population growth of Southern Idaho has brought the idea to the forefront.
"Because there is really a need. We have no place now in the Magic Valley where we can have trade shows, concerts, rodeos, a covered arena, a covered setting. People now are driving to Boise, Pocatello, Salt Lake. We are a growing area, continually growing. And it's something that's really needed and the people are saying we would really like to see this," said Mai.
The cost of the event was ten dollars per person or twenty dollars for a family. All of the money raised will go for planning and researching the cost of the future event center. The Twin Falls County Fair Foundation plans to continue to hold fundraisers. They hope the fundraisers and donations from local businesses will provide the funding to build the venue. The goal is that no taxpayer money will be necessary.