Jul 29, 2012 - StaffRiverton was booming in the summer of 1965, with uranium exploration and production expanding rapidly, school construction in active mode, and housing popping up everywhere.
The Fremont County Fair felt the impact. The original arena grandstands, built in the 1930s, had proved to small for the big rodeo and concert crowds the previous year, so a major expansion was undertaken effectively doubling the grandstand seating. two new sections were built, one on the each side of the original covered section. The roof for the new seats wasn't ready in time for the '65 fair, but it was added the following year under the budget specifications of the Fremont County Fair Board, giving the grandstand the appearance it has today.
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