Three big events move out of Boise

Three big events move out of Boise

Three big events move out of Boise

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by Justin Corr

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Posted on July 13, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 10:09 AM

BOISE -- The Capital City Cruise, which showcased classic cars in the streets of downtown Boise for the past seven years, is moving to Meridian this year and will be called the Main Street Cruise.

"We got a hold of Meridian, and Meridian rolled out the red carpet for us," said Cruise founder Jack Armstrong.

He said there's no bad blood with the city of Boise and the change was due to a scheduling conflict with the Twilight Criterium, which just got their paperwork in first.

"I don't know if it's a miscommunication, call it what you want, but we were a little disappointed in that," said Armstrong. "But no, I have no complaints."

This is one of three high-profile events to move out of the City of Trees for this summer. The Boise Music Festival moved to Expo Idaho, and the Barley Brothers Traveling Beer Festival is moving to Meridian.

Armstrong says he has no problem with the city, and Boise Music Fest spokespeople say they moved for a more accessible space.

But other organizers, some who didn't want to go on camera, say they've had issues with Boise. Rick Boyd, organizer of the Barley Brothers Traveling Beer Festival, told us recently he moved his event because of city managers.

"I can tell you that they are an incredibly difficult organization to work with," said Boyd.

But despite that, Theresa McCleod with the mayor's office, says events move because of logistics, not her staff's personalities.

"We have 120-some odd events throughout the year, and those are just three events, that for very good reasons, were looking for sites that suited their needs," said McLeod, the assistant to the mayor for special projects.

She admits that the city can be rigorous in their event planning process, meeting requirements for public safety, traffic, and alcohol licensing, but says it's all for the taxpayers.

"It can be a cumbersome process," said McLeod. "We just have to be mindful that we're taking care of the community's assets."

Armstrong said he'd like to bring the Cruise back to Boise, hopefully next year, especially considering the roadwork happening next summer in Meridian.

But Saturday, the Main Street Cruise will be right down Main Street in Meridian. If you can't make it, you can watch it from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Idaho's Very Own 24/7.

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