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Spring Fair is almost here

March 15, 2019
Kay MerriamKay Merriam

This is amazing! Last year, the weather before the annual Pocatello Spring Fair was best described by the words of a song “The snow is snowing, the wind is blowing, but I can weather the storm.” And now, just a few days before sunshine, happiness and the promising warmth of the Spring Fair come to Pocatello, we can rest absolutely assured that blue sky and even a few chirping birds are in place to again welcome that wonderful exhibition of items we can see and buy in Idaho State University’s Holt Arena.

Bob Bloxham of Raven Productions starts getting ready for this three-day event at the end of the last Spring Fair. Why? First of all, those who brought their wares from near and far usually sign up for the next year so there will be room for them and the space they require will be close to a friend’s booth. This year there are more than 200 businesses represented, so let’s get down to business.

First of all, the Spring Fair will be here for your pleasure on March 21 from noon to 9 p.m., March 22 from noon to 10 p.m. and March 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free parking in the area surrounding Holt Arena should accommodate the many cars that arrive at this event. Is there a charge to get into the Spring Fair? Yes, but it’s only $2. For children 12 and under, entrance is free if accompanied by an adult.

Now that we have all of those necessities taken care of, it’s time to relish what will be there to see and to buy. If you are thinking of finding new doors, windows, floors and all of the other things that owning or wanting to own a house require, this is the place to see and compare designs and prices.

But, wait a minute: Sometimes a new car is on your mind. The largest presentation space at the Spring Fair has automobiles including VWs, Hondas and more.

Regardless of what is offered, vendors are pleasant, conversational and, above all, helpful. Their offerings include just about anything (or everything) you might need for cleaning your dog’s fur off the floor, a sewing machine for making curtains or clothing and more. Housing decorations including everything from framed pictures to lamps, rugs, knickknacks, brooms, dust mops and newly developed items that you maybe haven’t thought of will be available. Also, there will be cleaners, oils and waxes to use for wooden floors, desks and cars. Granite counters also need help if scratched, scared or stained and there will surely be bottled items for use there. Maybe, there will also be interesting knobs, handles and other items available to brighten the openings on cupboard shelves in kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.

Dog hair was mentioned above, and at the Spring Fair you can also find sticky rollers that will whisk that dog hair away before you step out the front door. We all love our dogs, but Australian Shepherds and other breeds will be sure to want a final goodbye no matter how quickly you try to leave.

The final topping or break to your walking from one group of items to the next is the assortment of foods you can purchase and then sit down to rest for a while eating whatever foods appeal to you. They range from various dishes, soups, enchiladas, hotdogs and hamburgers. But, wait, there is more, ranging from donuts, ice cream, cookies and many drinkable goodies. An additional pleasure is the opportunity to chat with friends you may not have seen during our long and icy, snowy winter.

So who is behind this grand event that seems to welcome and greet spring in Pocatello? The first person to thank is Bob Bloxham. He is helped with the odds and ends of support at the Spring Fair by his brother Dave, along with Kate DeLate and her friend K.C. Felt.

Bloxham and his helpers have a special ability to plan, organize and carry out this sterling array of just about everything any of us could want, need or just see for the first time. Also, he understands that sunshine, a cheery atmosphere and an array of opportunities can be like the joy of searching for and then finding the first spring flowers appearing in our yards before the deer eat them.

Kay Merriam of Pocatello has a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. She was the president of the state League of Women Voters for two years and president of the Pocatello chapter for two years as well. She was the president of the Bannock County Planning and Zoning Committee for 11 years and on the Pocatello-Chubbuck District 25 School Board for six years.