Teton County Fairgrounds

The Teton County Board of County Commissioners and Jackson Town Council decided Monday that they would start planning for the future of the Teton County Fairgrounds in January 2022, likely queueing up a process that town Councilor Jim Rooks guessed would be “dynamic” and “controversial.”

A future home for the Teton County Fairgrounds could be up for debate as soon as January.

Town and county elected and appointed officials are ready to discuss whether there’s a better location for the fairgrounds, whether the space could be better used for housing, and how to preserve Jackson Hole’s “Western heritage.”

But with the conversation coming on the heels of planning for northern South Park, at least one official is worried that people won’t be ready for another major undertaking.

Still there could be some overlap between the wishes of housing-focused electeds and fair officials when it comes to the future of the fairgrounds.

Three members of the nine-person Teton County Fair Board, which has not taken a formal stance on the issue, spoke with the News&Guide on Tuesday afternoon. They cautiously said they were interested in discussing a new home for the fair, in part because of space constraints at the existing location.

But others, like Jackson Hole Rodeo arena director Phil Wilson, aren’t quite ready to see things change.

“I realized it’s got a huge value to it, as far as making it into housing for the county or city,” Wilson said of the 12-acre property. “But on the other hand, it’s another part of our history we’re destroying.”

Read more about the pending debate starting on the cover of this week's News&Guide, available for $1 on news stands countywide through Tuesday.

You can also read online at JHNewsAndGuide.com.

Contact Billy Arnold at 732-7063 or barnold@jhnewsandguide.com.

Teton County Reporter

Previously the Scene editor, Billy Arnold made the switch to the county beat where he's interested in exploring Teton County as a model for the rest of the West. When he can, he still writes about art, music and whatever else suits his fancy.

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(2) comments

Judd Grossman

Don't move the fairgrounds. It's part of our Town's heritage, and an incredible amenity within walking distance of the Town center. Cities all over the world are developing event spaces in their downtowns to keep them vibrant. We already have one.

Ross MacIntyre

Yes, exactly! Very well said.

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