by Andrew Crisp
The Elmore County Sheriff's Office was called in this afternoon to shut down Transcession Studios' three-day Neon Oasis festival at Captain Harry's Oasis Event Center outside of Mountain Home.
"Planning and Zoning and the sheriffs are not working with us," said Neon Oasis organizer Josh Kangior. "We had to shut our festival down. We have a couple venues lined up in Boise, so we’re going to make sure this jam still happens. I’m still going to have the event, it’s just going to be in Boise."
Kangior said the most likely venue choice would be the Powerhouse Event Center.
"Planning and Zoning shut them down at the last minute," confirmed Capt. Harry Lewis, the venue's owner. "They didn't have to do it, they just did it because they could."
According to Lewis, the festival's organizers had failed to procure appropriate permits related to Elmore County fire requirements.
Lewis, the former captain of a crab-fishing operation out of Alaska and star of the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, relocated to Idaho to build a campground/venue/event center.
"We’re just trying to have fun and have a place for people to come see entertainment, not have to spend a lot of money," said Lewis. "We’ll keep trying. I’ve been fishing in the Bering Sea for 37 years, I don’t give up that easily."