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A sight to see

May 16, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck

Riverton's well-located facilities were bustling over the weekend

If the expanded Fremont County School District 25 "campus" along West Sunset Drive between Major Avenue and College View Drive ever was busier than it was over the weekend, we'd like to know when.

It was something to behold -- something very positive.

Three regional high school track meets were going on at once at the Wolverine Field complex, meaning dozens of teams, hundreds of competitors and fans.

Nearby, there were two full days of "pigtail" soccer games at the James H. Moore Career to settle qualifying for the Class 3-A state tournaments. There were no Fremont County teams involved, but the central, neutral location proved ideal for the purpose.

Also, the big school carnival and American Indian Day festivities at Riverton Middle School ran most of the day Friday. Kids were bused from miles around to learn and have fun.

And, of course, there was school as usual in grades 6-12 Friday in the classroom, labs, rehearsal rooms and other facilities at Riverton Middle School, Riverton Alternative School, Riverton High School and the James H. Moore Career Center.

The paradox of staging big events is that it takes a lot of people and a lot of expertise for the happening to come off without much notice of the people making it happen. Spectators and participants tend to notice the staff only when something goes wrong. There wasn't much noticing over the weekend. The events seemed to run themselves. That's a sign of the skill of the people actually running them.

All possible commendation, then, to the District 25 staffers who went the extra 1600 meters to pull this off, and to the many out-of-town staff from other school districts who arrived to help conduct the events.

Our local economy experienced a mini-boom because we were ready to host the kids, the coaches, the managers, the families and the fans.

Riverton is a near-perfect location for events of this type, and we have venues suitable to accommodate most any culminating event. But the geography and the facilities are worthless unless competent people are willing to make the effort necessary to stage the events.

It is a sight to see when it all comes together -- and this weekend it did.

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