The Ravalli County Fair is still months away but the fairgrounds has found a way to utilize one of their facilities during their down season.
The First Interstate Bank Event Center has been opened up as a walking track to the public for a one time fee of $25. The track is open most weekdays — except for Friday to allow weekend events time to set up.
Officials say that the new walking track shows just how resourceful and multi-faceted the fairgrounds in Hamilton really are.
“The community is realizing very quickly that the fairgrounds is not just for fair. So, we put out that we had this opportunity and they are willing to use it and they are excited we have had a lot of people that have expressed their excitement and its very vocal,” said Melissa Saville who works for the Ravalli County Fairgrounds.
“Right now we are seeing a lot of older folks that are worried about slipping and falling outside we are seeing some folks that have physical therapy issues we have nice smooth floors in here it’s very even we don’t have to worry about anyone tripping and slipping so it’s turned out to be really resourceful,” she added.
Anyone interested in using the facility can to the fairgrounds office and they will have you pay the fee and then the track can be used between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
While the fairgrounds opened up the First Interstate Center to walkers on a preliminary basis in February they will work to open up the building to walkers permanently.