Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Farmers Market Shopping Starts, Concert Slated, Fourth of July Parade to Look Different
Start decking out your bicycle now for this year’s pandemic-shaped Fourth of July Parade.
Friday, June 5, 2020


Thankfully the produce will not be virtual, even though the experience of shopping for it is.

The Wood River Farmers Market will launch its online experience today.

Those who prefer curbside pickup to in-person shopping may place their order today through noon Sunday from the online market. Go to, set up an account and sign in.

Blaine County reported no new cases of coronavirus on Thursday—its cases still stand at 514. But Idaho reported a whopping 57, notes Paul Ries, taking the state over 3,000 to 3,054. The bulk of the new cases are in Cassia, Jerome, Minidoka and Twin Falls counties where there have been clusters related to food processing plants.

Each customer will be assigned a pickup time between 2 and 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at the Lower River Run parking lot at the base of Baldy. 

The online storefront will open each Friday for pickup the following Tuesday throughout Sept. 29.

Those who prefer to eyeball the produce before they buy it may shop at the live market from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays beginning June 9. The Hailey Market will open later in the season.

The market will implement COVID-19 best practices. Those include wearing face coverings, providing hand sanitizer stations, redesigning the market layout to allow for social distance and promoting physical distancing among shoppers.


The Days of the Old West Fourth of July Parade will look a little different this year.

Gone will be the horses and floats. In their place will be decorated cars and bicycles.

The parade will honor local heroes like health care workers and grocery store clerks. And it won’t take place on Main Street but instead will wander through some of Hailey’s oldest neighborhoods.

And, if funds are raised, it will culminate in a grand fireworks display.

To register for the parade or make a donation for the fireworks, go to  or call 208-788-3484.


Mahoney’s Bar & Grille has announced the first concert in the Wood River Valley since the coronavirus pandemic shut down concerts and other events.

The Bellevue establishment will feature Donny Daylight & The Blackouts at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 11.

Who are they? You might ask? Metal Marty, Spike Coggins and Donny on the Kazoo.

Seating will be limited to 50 people outside. Tables will be socially distanced. And, no, you may not jump to your feet and begin dancing up a storm. But chair dancing is allowed.


Don't forget to check out the plump Strawberry Moon tonight. At least, fingers crossed, that the clouds don't hide it.

The name was given the moon by Algonquin tribes in eastern North America who used it as a marker to gather ripening wild strawberries, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. Europeans have given it other names: The Honey Moon, the Mead Moon, the Rose Moon. In fact, this may be where the word honeymoon came from since June is traditionally the month of marriages.


The Chamber has teamed up with The Hunger Coalition and The Spur Foundation to create Grocery Gift Cards for local families in need. The cards may be used at Atkinsons, The Village Market, Nourish Me and Chapalitas Market.


The Chamber Welcome Center has reopened to help both locals and visitors navigate their way through the Wood River Valley during the coronavirus pandemic.


Remember Winston, the first dog reportedly to be diagnosed with coronavirus? He was never infected after all, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Researchers now believe the weak detection from the original oral swab was the result of contamination from Winston’s COVID-19 positive household, according to the Deseret News.



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