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Jul 24, 2012 - By Steven R. Peck
The specifics of different Riverton Rendezvous festivals can blur into mental pudding after 32 years, but one thing that's been constant is the image of hot-air balloons rising over the city.
Not this year.
For just the second time ever, all three days of the Rendezvous balloon rally were undone by weather. Not bad weather, mind you, just not perfect for flying balloons.
One of the reasons the Riverton rally has remained one of the strong and lasting dates on the summer ballooning calendar is that we do have ideal conditions for the sport in July. Almost.
It was a disappointment to the spectators and the sponsors, not to mention the rally organizers. But it's a bummer for the pilots as well, who want to be ambassadors for the sport and who made the effort to come to Riverton because they love to fly.
Better luck next year. If statistics are to be trusted, we'll have exactly that.
Thunder in the streets
The balloonists weren't the only ones affected by unusual weather during the final weekend of Riverton Rendezvous. The popular Friday Night Cruise was interrupted by the booming thunderstorm that brought lightning, strong winds and brief but heavy rain to parts of the Riverton Valley -- including Main Street downtown as the Friday night cruisers and pedestrians were settling in to enjoy the evening.
There was a power outage for a few minutes, and there's nothing like a hard rain to make a person wish more businesses had installed awnings.
But even these thunder-clapping clouds had a silver lining. The storm cleared soon, leaving behind the coolest weather for the cruise anyone can remember.
Be looking this week for "Fair Time," The Ranger's annual special edition previewing the Fremont County Fair. It's brimming with much of what you'll need for an enhanced fair experience, including a detailed fair schedule, descriptions of the daytime entertainment, some feature stories on fair participants and planned activities, and the encouraging words of dozens of advertisers who recognize both the value and the fun of the Fremont County Fair.
The 20-page tabloid appears in the Wednesday, July 25, editions of The Ranger and Lander Journal, and the day after that in the Wind River News.
Thanks to the sponsors of both the fair and the Fair Time edition, and please continue to support the advertisers who back the local newspaper.
Here's another pitch for the Fremont County Fair Parade. We've included an easy entry form in the Fair Time section that you'll see Wednesday, and we've also got a printable form online and a stack of them at our front counter.
Whether you ride a horse, own an interesting car, belong to a worthy group, have an amusing hobby, work with a bunch of enthusiastic kids, hold an elected office or are running for one, have a talent that plays well from the street, a family or a class that is reuniting for the weekend, work at a business that supports the fair, or simply have something you'd like your community neighbors to see, please think about entering the parade.
And then do more than just think about it. Do it.
Thou in the Dow
Our imaginary investment of $1,000 in the daily rise or fall of the Dow Jones Industrial Average has just two weeks to go before its yearlong tenure is up.
Last week the Dow scraped together a .05 percent increase Monday through Friday, but Monday this week was a big downer.
Had you invested a "thou in the Dow" beginning in the second week of August last year, as of Tuesday morning it would have grown to $1,123, which is about a buck more than a week earlier.
Our summer treat
It's not polite to lord it over everyone else, but this is the time of year we on The Ranger staff get to brag about being the lucky ones who get to judge the Fremont County Fair ice cream "freeze off."
No newsman ever could have much better duty, and we're excited about fulfilling it -- with emphasis on the "filling" this Saturday afternoon at the newly named Cottonwood Area, which is the nice lawn area behind what used to be called the 4-H Lunchroom but is now known as the Little Wind Center.
True, only a few of us can judge the ice cream, but anyone in attendance can sample the goods. Come on down at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday and have a scoop of summer.
Here's to a good week.