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|Welcome to Gooding, Idaho!
The town of Gooding was established in 1907 on 160 acres of land owned by Frank R. Gooding, a former Governor and Senator in Idaho. Gooding combines all of the conveniences of a larger city with friendly atmosphere of a small western community. The population growth has been steady rather than spectacular, and Gooding County has kept true to the resources that gave it birth. The Big and Little Wood Rivers remain the basis for a richly irrigated agriculture and a thriving livestock industry.
Gooding’s mild climate compares favorably with the some of the extremes found in other parts of the state. With a four season environment, the weather features a definitive spring, summer, fall and winter. The average high temperature of 76 degrees, average low temperature of 28 degrees and average precipitation of 8.93 inches.
Golfing, skiing, boating, hunting, camping, bowling, horseshoes and summer city recreation programs are all part of the local year round scene. Softball diamonds, indoor swimming pool, 3 city parks and tennis courts are all close to the downtown area. Major employers in the area include Glanbia Foods, Gooding County Memorial Hospital, The Walker Center, Idaho State School for the Deaf and Blind, Gooding Rehabilitation and Living Center, amongst others.
The Gooding County Fairgrounds are host to a number of events and activities. NCHA Cow Cutting, Pepsi Challenge Bull Riding, Team Sortings, Auctions and Expos, Idaho State Horse Show, American Crown Circus, and the Basque Picnic are just a few of the events held at the grounds. From the early days of the Gooding County Fair and Rodeo people from all over the state come year after year to renew friendships, enjoy the food, and watch the featured entertainment. The Gooding County Fair and Rodeo is an event that holds something for every member of the family of the family to enjoy!
|Basque Association Picnic
The Gooding Basque Association Picnic is held the 3rd Sunday of July at the Gooding County Fairgrounds. Participants can look forward to enjoying the fine company and delicacies of the Basque culture. Rich with cultural dancing, weight carrying and lifting contests, with categories for men, women and children. The new Basque cultural center opened January 18, 2003 where they serve a traditional dinner the first Friday of every month. The goals of the Basque association are to promote the Basque cultural through food, dance, language and a variety of other activities.