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American Falls holds Outdoor Recreation Swap Meet

By Chris Cole
Published On: Jun 08 2013 07:36:56 PM CDT

First annual event promotes outdoor recreation activities for city

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho -

One eastern Idaho city wants more people to take advantage of its outdoor recreation opportunities.

American Falls hosted its inaugural Outdoor Recreation Swap Meet Saturday, and is hoping it will make a splash with local communities.

"Whether it be fishing or camping, hiking ATVs,” said city Councilwoman Kristen Jensen, “We have it all out here."

The idea for this swap meet came from the Downtown Revitalization Project. The group wants to make sure it has money to maintain the downtown area.

"It's to buy things like hanging baskets and banners,” Jensen explained, “And to be able to replace plantings and buy metal sculptures."

The event brought in local businesses and folks who simply want to share their hobby with the community.

Jensen also wanted to give visitors a chance to see areas like Willow Bay Marina.

One of the main attractions to American Falls is the reservoir. With the beach, beautiful blue water, and food opportunities just up the hill, Jensen says it's perfect for a short getaway.

Booths Saturday gave people the opportunity to take home live fish. Another one featured pens and pencils made out of elk and wood.

There was also face painting and a show for boats, ATVs and other off-road vehicles. Live music also provided the crowd with some entertainment.

“We're grateful for the support of all the people who have been involved and all the vendors that have come and participated this year,” Jensen said. “We're excited to make this a yearly event, and we hope to see everyone again."

Several groups partnered together to put on the event, including the Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group (CW HOG) at Idaho State University.

CW HOG was established in 1981 to help people with disabilities participate in outdoor recreation. 

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