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Loss of Bus Traffic Leads Park Vendor to Close
The concessionaire for a state park near Delta Junction will end its contract and close on Friday.
FAIRBANKS- The concessionaire for a state park near Delta Junction will end its contract and close on Friday.
Whitestone Farms has operated a seasonal gift shop and restaurant in the historic Rika's Roadhouse since 1988 at Big Delta State Historical Park.
A decision by Holland America to fly visitors next year between Fairbanks and Dawson City will eliminate the need for a motorcoach.
The park had 30,000 visitors last year, but Whitestone Farms accountant Josiah Keller says that's expected to drop by 80 percent next year. There's not enough projected traffic to keep the restaurant and gift shop open.
The state says the park will remain open, and the state will bid for a new vendor this winter.