Triple celebration coming to potato museum
The city and county are teaming up for triple celebration on Aug. 16 at the Idaho Potato Museum.
It is the 100th anniversary of the building which was formerly Blackfoot's train station, donated to the city in 1987.
Additionally, it is the 30th anniversary of the Bingham County Historical Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of Bingham County and surrounding areas.
Lastly, but certainly not least, it is the 25th anniversary of the Idaho Potato Museum. The celebration will officially launch the new Marilyn Monroe (in a potato sack) exhibit in the foyer of the building.
"This is going to be one big celebration," said longtime Bingham County historian Lois Bates. "It [the celebration] will be a combined effort between the city and the county with guest speakers, entertainment and cake! There will definitely be cake!"
Bates said that confirmed speakers at the event include Bingham County Commissioner Ladd Carter who will speak about the railroad's importance to the area's agriculture; Blackfoot Mayor Mike Virtue and Jim Johnston of Pocatello, who serves on the board of the Idaho State Historical Society.
Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tish Dahmen said the highlight of the celebration will be a special performance by the Blackfoot High School Broncadettes dance team.
"The dancers will be wearing Marilyn Monroe wigs and potato sacks," Dahmen said. "Spudnik equipment helped finance the special costumes and it will be a fabulous performance."
Organizers are putting the last-minute touches to the agenda for this highly anticipated event which will be published in future editions of the Morning News.