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On Shoshoni Day, town struts stuff
May 16, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer
Shoshoni may be one of Wyoming's smaller towns, but it can still draw a crowd.
On Saturday it attracted people from neighboring communities for its fourth annual Shoshoni Day celebration.
"It's a good day to get everyone in the community together," said Shoshoni Mayor Scott Peters.
He spoke at the Shoshoni Public Library, where his 4-year-old son, Maxwell, was among 20 children participating in the morning Kids Treasure Hunt event.
Festivities began at 7 a.m. with tethered hot air balloons at the airport and a biscuits and gravy breakfast at the senior center.
"I liked the hot air balloons," Peters said. "It was nice to have them here this morning."
Events were scattered throughout the community, including Gymkhana at the rodeo arena, horseshoe competitions at Centennial Park and a Trap Shoot on Muskrat Road.
Near the horseshoe pits, Janice Hunter, of Wyoming Operation Life Savers, had an enclosed mobile trailer available for event-goers to learn how to be safe around trains.
This is the first year the trailer has been at Shoshoni Day.
"We want to make contact with the general public of Shoshoni so that they have an understanding about train safety," Hunter said.
The Big Horn Divide and Wyoming Railroad run a train track through Shoshoni.
A few feet away in Centennial Park, Mabel Kleven, 7, and Alexis Robinson, 13, both of Riverton, enjoyed candy suckers.
"There's a lot going on," Kleven said.
"This gives us something to do other than sit at home," the teen said.
At the treasure hunt, Mike Dimick, of Riverton, helped his 3-year-old son Joshua look for hidden items.
"Does a broken straw count?" John Dickinson, 6, of Shoshoni, asked a judge.
The boy smiled when he was told yes.
On the other side of Shoshoni, the Battle of the Bars Softball tournament got under way at 10 a.m. at Travis Park.
Spectators backed up their trucks to the field so they could have front-row seats from their tailgates, and coolers were packed with picnic trimmings and adult beverages. Steve Medler was also on hand with his hot dog stand.
Some players opted to take the drinking to the diamond and tried to field balls with a cold one in hand.
There was also something for those looking for a bargain Saturday. Residents were encouraged to have garage sales, and many did.
"It's a time when many of them do it," Peters said.
Cardboard boxes with brightly-colored signs were put on several street corners throughout town. People stopped at the sales between events.
After a Rocky Mountain Car Show, locomotive tours and a Wyoming Bikers Association Poker Run, the day concluded with a free barbeque hosted by the Missouri Valley Volunteer Fire Department and a dance with Shoshoni's own Lost Springs Band.