KETCHUM, Idaho -- As the Beaver Creek Fire continues to burn, the folks in Ketchum continue to plan for Wagon Days.

As recently as a few days ago, the City of Ketchum was unsure whether they'd be able to host the annual parade and festival, but now they've announced that Wagon Days is still on.

The Beaver Creek Fire has drawn a lot of comparisons to the 2007 Castle Rock Fire, in which Ketchum had to cancel Wagon Days.

Although Wagon Days was never officially canceled for 2013, the idea was up in the air.

With the community already hit hard by the Beaver Creek Fire, everyone is excited and relieved that Wagon Days is rolling on.

The last week has been pretty complicated, as far as deciding whether or not we were going to stay open for business, said Pioneer Saloon owner Dillion Witmer.

With business owners and employees evacuated and empty streets in Ketchum, the local economy took a big hit from the Beaver Creek Fire. In addition, many of those businesses depend on a final push from Wagon Days.

It's kind of the last chance for businesses and employees to make a little bit of money before we go back into slack, said Witmer.

Witmer and his family have owned the Pioneer Saloon for almost 40 years.

The announcement that Wagon Days is still happening is not just important for business, but it's also a symbol for moving forward.

We want to demonstrate to everybody that Ketchum's back on its feet. We're open for business, and Wagon Days Parade is the best way to do that, said Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall.

Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall is optimistic the fire will be 100 percent contained before the parade kicks off.

Wagon Days Organizer Heather Lamonica Deckard says about 17,500 people come to Ketchum for the annual event.

People had been telling us for so long, 'We just hope we can have Wagon Days.' so we were happy to tell them we could do it, said Deckard.

After more than 50 years of tradition, they are especially glad to continue this year.

What I thought was, 'Let's get these wheels turning again,' which is just like Wagon Days 'Get those wagons rolling,' said Deckard.

Organizers say they have been getting calls asking how can they help Ketchum, and they say the best way to help Ketchum and the Wood River Valley is to come to Wagon Days.

Wagon Days take place every year during Labor Day weekend, this year's kick-off is scheduled for August 28 at 5 p.m.

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