Mountain Home Idaho Chamber of Commerce
Mountain Home, Idaho
Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce
Mountain Home, Idaho

Committees Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce

Within the Mountain Home Chamber are various committees comprised of hard-working volunteers who believe in sharing ideas, promoting leadership, providing opportunity for new and old establishments, and working together for the interests of social and economic welfare.

AFAD Air Force Appreciation Day, (AFAD) was started in 1961 by the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce as a means to thank all the local military for all they do for our country and our local communities. It has evolved into a 2 day event which is scheduled for the Friday and Saturday following Labor Day each year.

On Friday evening AFAD kicks off with the Commander’s Social which begins with military members and their families joining forces with local chamber members to husk 4,500 ears of sweet corn which is accomplished in less than 10 minutes. The corn husking is followed by a 5 mile run/3 mile walk and the rest of the evening is spent socializing and dancing to live music. Food and refreshments are provided. It is attended by approximately 250 to 300 people.

On Saturday the AFAD committee hosts a free breakfast for military and community dignitaries, AFAD boosters and volunteers. Next is one of Idaho’s largest parades with approximately 155 entries. The parade ends at Carl Miller Park where the rest of the day’s activities happen. There are over 120 concessions in the park offering a plethora of different foods, drinks, and carnival games for the crowd of 10,000 throughout the day.

The Saturday barbecue, which is free, is one of the major highlights of AFAD. Over 5,000 people are treated to barbecued beef sandwiches, corn on the cob, chips, potatoes and packets of cheese. Four lines snake out into the park starting at noon and stay steady until 2:30-3:00 when food starts to run out. Dignitaries from the base, federal, state and local governments and other volunteers serve the meals.

This is all provided by volunteers, sponsors and fundraising. We have several different ways that sponsors help. Vendors contribute in a variety of ways with donations or items at cost. Most vendors are AFAD Boosters, too. Businesses and individuals pay $100 to be an AFAD booster and other businesses/services financially support the Fun Run. Businesses donate raffle prizes which is another major fundraiser and crucial to the success of this event. AFAD would not take place without the generosity of businesses and hundreds of volunteers.

We hope this overview has been informative. On behalf of the AFAD Committee and the community, we appreciate all the individuals and businesses that make this the largest event held in Elmore County.

Economic Development

Education/ Workforce Development Committee Mission Statement: To continue providing a format for business in which we can share and grow in ideas, leadership, community commitment, and economic vitality.

Travel and Tourism Committee Mission Statement: To market our area as the hub for recreation activities, recognizing the economic impact of tourism to our region, and to promote Elmore County and surrounding counties for diversified, year round recreational opportunities of all ages.

The Committee provides managerial assistance for the Desert Mountain Visitor Center and serves as the direct link between the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce, The City of Mountain Home and Elmore County. We also receive and manage the state grants to promote tourism within our region. Meeting are held the first Wednesday of the month at the Chamber Office.

The Desert Mountain Visitor Center was established in 1994 and is located off exit 95 on Interstate 84, behind McDonald’s and Wendy’s. The Center is open year round, 7 days as week from May thru September, 9am-5pm and October thru April, 10pm-4pm. There is an extensive collection of maps and brochures available for those sightseeing locally or for the surrounding area, as well as Idaho gifts, souvenirs, books and items from local artist. The Desert Mountain Visitor Center has been the recipient of the Idaho’s “Best Visitor Center” in 1997 and 2009. The center is operated by a part- time coordinator and volunteers that contribute thousands of hours.

Military Affairs Committee Promotes the expansion, development and effectiveness of the Mountain Home Air Force Base and any other military activity within the state of Idaho. Membership fee & application required which are available under the "Getting Involved" tab on the website. To read more about the history and benefits to joining MAC, please see the attachment under "Getting Involved".

Business to Business Our purpose is to promote and provide business education.
We meet the fourth Friday of every month at 8:30am at Lucky Perk Coffee.
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Dig It (Develop, Improve Grow-It’s Time): Organizes and implements projects to improve the downtown business core. Works with a variety of activities that improve the quality of life for the community. Facilitates and manages City Beautification Grants.

Agri-Business Endeavors to increase the awareness of the overall economic impact of agriculture in the community.

Silver Wings Silver Wings of Idaho is a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 specifically to co-produce Gunfighter Skies Air Show in conjunction with the 366th Wing, Mountain Home AFB. We are a committee of the Mountain Home Chamber and are Chartered by the USAF and operate under Air Force regulations.

Silver Wings promotes tourism, showcasing the USAF and MHAFB by providing a world class, free to the public, 2 day air show.

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