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Tetonia, Idaho Is A Small Town With A Quirky Winter Tradition

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The small town of Tetonia, Idaho will celebrate their 9th annual Snow Plane Rally this weekend. Not sure what a "snow plane" is? Despite it's name, the devices never leave the ground, but move over the snow on skis powered by propellers.

Event organizers Jacque Beard and Brent Robson joined Idaho Matters to talk about the history of the event and why it's important for their town.

"We have a few [traditions] out here in rural Idaho that we like to hang on to and this is one of them." - Brent Robson

According to Robson, "no two are the same" when it comes to snow planes. 

"We have some wide open country here and we like to go over snow on a day like today," he says. “We have a few [traditions] out here in rural Idaho that we like to hang on to and this is one of them.”

Robson's family created the event with the city to honor his dad, who built snow planes. They were originially designed to help folks get through deep snow before plowed roads were commonplace in rural Idaho.  

Beard says the event is an opportunity for the community to celebrate these quirky vehicles. Folks who attend can get a ride with one of the snow plane drivers. 

Check out the video from last year's event to get a sense for what the event is like. 

Have a question or comment for the show? Tweet @KBSX915 using #IdahoMatters

 

 

Molly Wampler is a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio. Originally from Berkeley, California, she just graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington state. There, Molly worked for her university's newspaper but is stoked to try her hand at and learn all there is to learn about radio journalism.