Idaho City supporters can help businesses destroyed by fire with donations and a party

Idaho residents who want to support the historic community of Idaho City — which lost five businesses to fire early June — can donate to a local committee that’s seeking to get the small town back on its feet.

Community members pulled together and formed the Idaho City Main Street Burn Out Committee to support the affected businesses — Calamity Jayne’s, Sarsaparilla Ice Cream Parlor, Main Street Floral and Candle Shop, Old Time Photo and Idaho City Trading Post, according to committee member Ashley Elliott. The block of businesses, called the “Vigilante Complex,“ was totaled by the June 5 blaze and business owners were left devastated by the destruction.

Even so, community members have been working since the fire to help the businesses and the community recover.

Idaho City Main Street Committee officially formed a fundraising account through a bank account at D.L. Evans Wednesday. The funds will be split evenly between the businesses, Elliott said.

The committee is also helping put on an all-day event — the Idaho City Burn Out Bash — July 12 to celebrate the town and bring in fundraising dollars. The event will feature an auction, a marathon, a farmer’s market, a flea market, live music and more. Festivities will open at 8:30 a.m. and wrap up around 8:30 p.m. , according to a flier for the event.

The committee is seeking donations to put up for auction and some willing party-goers who want to have fun while helping Idaho City, Elliot said.