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Smithsonian's Traveling Sports Exhibit in Hailey

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By DeSiree Fawn

Hailey, Idaho - (KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - The Smithsonian’s traveling exhibition “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” opened today in Hailey. The ribbon cutting ceremony included a tail gate party, music, and special guest speakers.

“Hometown Teams” is a travelling exhibit that explores how sports shape American home towns. The exhibit is part of the Smithsonian’s “On Main Street” program and will travel around the country. Nowhere do Americans more intimately connect to sports than on their own turf. The Wood River Valley installation is open at Hailey’s Interpretive Center through September 6th.

“We’re super excited to have it here. We’re honored and we’re thrilled and I’m very impressed on how well it came together, and I think there is a piece for everyone. Whether you’re a huge sports fan or you like to sit on your couch and watch a football game, or you like to compete, or you like to coach, or you like to be coached. I think that there is something in this exhibit for everyone,” said Kristine Hilt, Community Coordinator for the City of Hailey.

Over the next six years, the travelling exhibit will visit one hundred and eighty small towns in thirty states. Hailey is proud to be showcasing this exhibit during its first year this summer. One of the reason’s the Interpretive Center was chosen as the location for the exhibit is because it is built on the grounds of an old racetrack, the first sporting grounds in Hailey.


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