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Balloon Block found near parking sign in lot
Sarah Wempen found the Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Block Thursday afternoon. Photo by Claire Peart

Balloon Block found near parking sign in vacant lot

Jul 20, 2012 - Staff

This year's Riverton Rendez-vous Balloon Block Treasure Hunt went down to the wire, but it was worth the wait for Sarah Wempen.

The Riverton resident found the seven-inch block of old-fashioned newspaper lettering Thursday on the edge of the now-vacant lot once occupied by the Farmer's Exchange grain elevator on North Broadway in Riverton.

The object was hidden at the base of a sign directing overflow parking at the nearby U.S. Department of Agriculture office.

Six of a seven possible printed clues has been published in the pages of The Ranger before Wempen's discovery. An additional clue was posted at, which noted that the hiding place was near a sidewalk. Thursday's printed clue mentioned a parking sign. Friday's clue would have concerned a vacant lot on a major street.

The 23-year-old Wempen, who works for the Bureau of Lander Management in Lander, said the sign clue tipped her off as she drove through town looking for the Balloon Block.

She wins $500 from The Ranger, and she'll get a balloon ride with pilot Rocky Neal this weekend at one of the two main launches during the balloon rally.

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