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Expo Idaho will get $1.8 million in upgrades, including new entry

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Expo Idaho Director Bob Batista shares details of upgrades planned at the fairgrounds.

A facelift is planned for the home of the Western Idaho Fair, starting with the entry gates and administrative offices, Expo Idaho Director Bob Batista said Tuesday night. The expected completion date for the upgrades is 2015.

Batista spoke at a neighborhood meeting that was held at 6 p.m. Election Night in the current fair administration offices. About a hundred of the fair’s nearest neighbors were invited to the meeting. But only a handful of people attended, including one local businessman and Garden City Council members Mike Moser and Kathleen Simko.

A new entry with ticket booths, restrooms and new facade will be built. The administrative office will be torn down, and a new one twice the size (a one-story building that’s about 5,000 square feet) will be built to the east of the entrance. The chain-link fence will be replaced with something more aesthetically pleasing, Batista said.

The businessman who attended the meeting asked if anything was going to be done to mitigate impacts from heavy traffic during the 10-day fair. He said the large amount of traffic negatively affects some of the businesses on Chinden Boulevard. Batista said the county does not have the authority to make changes to the roadways near the fairgrounds.

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