Plan could pull Canyon County fair from Caldwell

CALDWELL, Idaho (KBOI) -- The Canyon County Fair in Caldwell offers countless hours of fun for people of all ages.

And across the street from the fairgrounds on North 21st Avenue at the Knot Brand New consignment store, talk of moving the fair from Caldwell does not sit well with store owner Chris Hollopeter.

"I am extremely unhappy about it," she said. "We have so many customers from that time of the year come to our store. Business goes up by at least 40 percent."

According to its website, the Canyon County Fair has a long history in Caldwell, dating back to 1887.

But county leaders are mulling a plan that would relocate the fairgrounds from Caldwell to county-owned land north of Nampa just off highway 20-26 at Prescott Lane where a new fairgrounds would be built.

A feasibility study is expected to be released next week, and any decision would ultimately be made by the Canyon County Fair's board of directors.

People in Caldwell we talked to don't like the idea at all.

"I think it's much better to keep it in town," said Joanne Stults of Caldwell. "It's a benefit to the businesses, and brings in a lot of people."

"I think it should stay in Caldwell, said Per Kirkbak. "I think it's something that belongs in Caldwell. It would be a shame to see it go."

But the closer you get to the new location under consideration near Nampa, the more receptive people seem to the possible move.

"I think it's a marvelous idea," said Marcae Lucich, who owns a convenience store near the proposed location. "Where they're at right now, they're all crunched in. There's no room for parking, there's no anything."

So... differing views on just what's fair for the Canyon County fair.