Jackie Larson

Jackie Larson

Jackie Larson is the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce Office Administrator.

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Brittney Byers of Paul was Thursday nights winner of Mini-Cassia Trivia!  Brittney won $50 in Chamber Cash that she can spend at over 50 participating merchants.  When asked what she was going to spend her Chamber Cash on she didn't even hesitate and said "shoes!".

Marita Wight of Rupert was Wednesday nights winner of Mini-Cassia Trivia at the Minidoka County Fair.  Marita won $50 in Chamber Cash that she can spend at over 50 participating merchants in the Mini-Cassia area.  Congratulations Marita!

Daylight Donuts

1011 E Main St.

Burley, ID

Shiner Photography

214 2nd St

Rupert, ID


Rural Life Buildings LLC

1840 U.S. Highway 30

Heyburn, ID



Albion Café

Albion, ID


Dear Chamber of Commerce Members,

We all like a county fair, food, fun, animals, flowers and friends; what more could we ask for than the fair.  Locals and tourists alike enjoy the old-fashioned mood found at county fairs. Nearly every Idaho County schedules an annual fair, complete with 4H and other exhibits, contests, entertainment, parades, good food and, in many cases, a rodeo. Lots of fun!

Fayre is an archaic spelling of fair, used mostly from the 15th to the 17th century. This spelling is now confusingly used for both fair and fare, the latter in the sense of 'food and drink'. In itself, the word means a gathering of stalls and amusements for public entertainment. The alternate spelling is an old-fashioned affectation and is used in order to remind revellers and participants of medieval fayres and markets. It is mainly used for fairs that are essentially leisure rather than business events like trade fairs.  (Wikipedia)

Beginning in the early 1800s, the first agricultural fairs gave rural families an opportunity to see firsthand the latest agricultural techniques, equipment, crops, and livestock.  Over the course of the nineteenth century, fairs also incorporated a wide range of educational, recreational, competitive, and social activities into their programs.  Within a few short generations, county and state fairs became a quintessential American tradition.

Since the early 1800s, fairs were about much more than education and amusement; they helped guide rural people through an increasingly modern world, whether it was introducing them to new equipment or forms of entertainment. Even today, fairgoers celebrate agricultural achievements and enjoy exhibitions, food carnival rides, entertainment, competitions, and well-known concert performers.

August is our fairs month so I have gathered some information from our county fair websites, about our county fairs that all residents of the counties can participate in or enjoy.  This is a great time to connect with neighbor’s,  friend’s, family and area residents.  Plan on spending some time at the fair and connect with community and enjoy the heritage that has been around for centuries.

Minidoka County - August 1-6 in Minidoka County - Information: (208) 436-9748

The County Fair includes: rodeo, horse shows, free entertainment, food booths, Lions BBQ, lawn mower races, all kinds of fair exhibits, including 4-H/FFA projects of all kinds, 4-H/FFA livestock auction, Old Time Family Rodeo, Jr. Rodeo and Team Sorting, and Open Class exhibits of every description.

Any age can enter items in the Open Class Departments to be judged. For information on entering call (208)436-9748


Cassia County - August 15-20 @ Burley - Information: (208) 678-9150

Welcome to the Cassia County Fair!
The Fair is more than a gathering of rides, animals, and cotton candy. It is one of Cassia County’s most cherished and celebrated events, where new memories are made and old memories are shared.
The Cassia County Fair has been, and still is, a collection of livestock exhibits, carnival rides, farm, garden and other exhibits. These events convey the county’s love of agricultural and home interests and define and unite us as a community.


As our country leaders debate about the debt ceiling and spending plans and what is best for our country.  When could be a better time to gather at a county fair with your neighbor, friend, relative, to listen, discuss, the issues that are important to pass on to those who represent us in the government either at the local, state or national level.  Richard Stallings former U.S. Representative for Idaho Second District 1985-1993 made this statement that the U.S. would never be able to balance the budget until people were willing to cut their own pet programs dollars to balance the budget.

Make it a point to visit the county fairs this year!

I look forward to visiting with you, please feel free to email me ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or get in touch with me if there is anything that

We could not operate our Visitor Center without our wonderful volunteers!  They put in countless hours helping the many visitors who come to our Visitor Center.  We appreciate all that they do from stuffing brochures, cleaning the office, planting the flowers, anwering the phone and many more things.  We do want to put out a large THANK YOU for all that they do.

If you are interested in being a volunteer at the Visitor Center please contact Jackie at 679-4793.

At the Mark Moorman Memorial Regatta Scramble sponsored by DL Evans Bank, On The Spot Cleaning & Restoration and Project Mutual Telephone, there was plenty of sun, fun and friends. Our 1st place Gross Winners were: Idaho Central Credit Union: Daren Almond, Jason Royce, Bob Roberts, Travis Klundt. Our 1st place Net Winners were: Kloepfer Concrete: John Kloepfer, Mike Landrum, Derek Thompson, Kelly Thompson. Our 2nd place Gross Winners were: Boise Paper: Sam Yoshida, Lynn Osterhout, Brooks Bohon, Candy Ortiz. Our 2nd place Net Winners were: Taco Bandido: Ray Guiles, Diann Guiles, Frank Langer, Kip Guiles Men's Closes to the Pin was awarded to Curtis Smith, and the Women's Closest to the Pin was awarded to Bobbi Slaughter. The Men's Longest Drive winner was Tim Sanders, and the Women's Longest Drive winner was Bobbi Slaughter. Everyone had a great time on the course and we are pretty sure no one went home hungry thanks to Let's Go Dutch and the excellent lunch they provided. There was plenty to eat and do on the course while waiting to tee off thanks to our many Birdie Sponsors. There were also plenty of cool refreshments and snacks thanks to Love's Pepsi, Coke, Stoke's, Culligan, Mr. Gas. Magic Valley Distributing and Watkins Distributing. Again we want to thank our event sponsors DL Evans Bank, On the Spot Cleaning & Restoration and Project Mutual Telephone. Our Hole-In-One Sponsor: J&L Electric, Eagle Sponsors: Boise Paper, Parke View Rehabilitation and Care and Americold; Putting contest sponsor: Elite Restoration. Special thanks to all of our Birdie and Hole sponsors and all those who donated prizes. We especially want to thank all of our golfers that took time out of their schedules to spend the day with the Chamber! We look forward to having another great event next year!
Dear Chamber of Commerce Members,
Wow, it’s July already, and we are half way through the year.
I have to admit I have been stuck in the cycle of spring so long that my
mind is playing tricks on me it can’t be July, can it? Although I am enjoying
the heat, sunshine and now the summer type of weather.  I will catch up, because time will not wait
for me and there is so much to do.
In the month of June, the chamber board and staff have been very busy connecting and offering
services to the community through Customer Service Seminars, Operation Face Lift,
ribbon cuttings, business after hours and the Mark Moorman Regatta Golf
I want to thank all who participated in the Mark Moorman Regatta Golf Scramble; the
Chamber of Commerce Committee Chaired by Chimene Smith, who did an outstanding
job bringing the area businesses together.
There was such great participation from businesses and individual teams
that it made us wonder if it was more about networking than golf.     It was so nice to participate in an event
where everyone wins even if they were not the one with the lowest score.
We had the opportunity to celebrate with one of our own area residents that was nominated
and awarded the Accomplished under Forty from the Idaho Business review.  Congratulations to Kae Cameron the Executive
Director of the Mini-Cassia Chamber of Commerce.  Ask Kae to tell you about the experience.
The Summer time fun is here!  Celebrating the 4th of July, which has always meant celebrating America and our freedom; I will
spend most of this article on that theme. I like to see a man proud of theplace in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be
proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln
This quote by our 16th president speaks very strong about what our ambitions should be, not to exhaust
all the benefits for ourselves.  Yes Ibelieve that we can utilize what is offered, but to leave some to be utilized
at a later time or by someone else; to be stewards of all that she offers to us.
I was born in Rupert and havespent the bulk of my life in the Mini-Cassia Area and think this place I can be
proud of.  I hope that I live so that my place (Mini-Cassia Area) will be proud of me.
America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact - the first community in
which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality. ~Adlai Stevenson
Have you ever thought about not having the freedoms that you have today? What would  it be like if no one fought for our rights or freedoms? Freedom is knowing who
you really are. Freedom means so much to me, and I don’t know what I’d do without it. We, the people of the United States, have many different freedoms,
which people take for granted. Therefore, I will always think about my freedoms, and will try to never take them for granted again.
This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.
~Elmer Davis
Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it
will wither and die. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
A statistician made a few calculations and discovered that since the birth of our nation more lives had been lost in celebrating independence than in winning it.
~Curtis Billings
Liberty meansresponsibility. That is why most men dread it. ~George Bernard Shaw, Man and
, "Maxims: Liberty and Equality," 1905
What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom "to" and freedom
~Marilyn vos Savant, in Parade
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. ~William Faulkner
Take advantage of all that is offered the second half of this year; practice your freedom to engage in activities offered through the Chamber of Commerce.
to email me ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or get in touch with me if there is anything that your Chamber can do for you let us know.
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