Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Just in from Twin Falls

Farm Bureau Supports New Twin Falls Visitor Center

The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation and the Twin Falls County Farm Bureau recently donated $20,000 to be used in an agricultural history display at a new visitor center.

The new center will be located on the canyon rim overlooking the Snake River in Twin Falls County. Construction is currently wrapping up on the modern, functional facility and when opened to the public it will serve as a regional welcome center, offering information and inspiration to thousands of visitors to Southern Idaho.

A grand opening is slated for April 30.

“We view it as an opportunity to be involved in a great project that welcomes and informs visitors to the region,” said Twin Falls County Farm Bureau President Elizabeth Kohtz. “We are happy to be partners in it with the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and we look forward to sharing information on the history of agriculture and its current importance to our economy.”

Shawn Barigar, President and CEO of the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce said the new 5,000 square-foot facility will include a display of the historic I.B. Perrine stage coach, exhibits about the agricultural history of the region, the geology of the Snake River Canyon, and the abundant recreational opportunities throughout Southern Idaho.  It will also serve as a centralized location for exhibits about the Hagerman Fossil Beds, Minidoka National Historic Site, Craters of the Moon, and City of Rocks. 

“This modernized visitor center will effectively highlight the many opportunities Twin Falls and South Central Idaho have to offer and will celebrate the rich heritage and history of the region,” said Shawn Barigar, President and CEO of the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. “Its function will match well with the commercial properties at the north entrance to Twin Falls as well as integrate well with the trailhead, overlook, and natural beauty of the open space along the Snake River Canyon in this area.”

The new center will house the business offices for both the Chamber and Southern Idaho Tourism, expanded space to display community and business materials, meeting space, a larger souvenir and local products gift shop, and exhibits to showcase the region’s natural features and history.  The project includes improvements to the facility, the landscaping, parking, and pedestrian and bicycle access of the Snake River Canyon Rim trail. 

Architectural elements for both the building and the surrounding landscape draw from the iconic beauty of Southern Idaho including basalt rock and native plants.  The visitor center is designed with tall floor-to-ceiling windows that will connect the guests to the dramatic beauty of the Snake River Canyon.

The Idaho Farm Bureau Federation and Twin Falls County Farm Bureau combined donation will be used in the center’s agriculture heritage plaza. This landscaped patio at the entrance to the visitor center will include informative exhibits about the area’s agricultural roots. Individual business and industry donors will have information included in the exhibits, will receive plaques incorporated into the patio design, and will be included in a video presentation inside the visitor center.

Several sponsorship opportunities remain available. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Shawn Barigar at the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce at 208-733-3974 or email shawn@twinfallschamber.com.

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