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Major land was sold with the understanding that it would be new fairgrounds
Mar 1, 2013 - Margaret N. Rogers, Riverton
To Fremont County Commissioners, Riverton City Council, the two Indian tribes, and other citizens:
Your help is needed to make some things happen here in Fremont County. Let us grow our county to be the best in the state. Let us honor a rancher who sold his land near Riverton at a very cheap price so we could build a much-needed new location for our Fremont County fair.
This gentleman didn't put it in writing. He didn't think he had to because his word was his bond, and he expected everyone else to be the same.
His piece of land would be a beautiful place for a new fair complex. The one we have now has outgrown its usefulness. The space is very limited when hosting events such as banquets, fair activities, fair exhibits for youth and adults, animal shows, car shows, races, rodeos, craft shows, art shows, club meetings, weddings, and the list goes on. Our fairgrounds are utilized by a large and diverse group of county residents.
A new fair complex would bring money into our county by the increased usage it would receive. Fremont County would expand its appeal statewide, and nationally, as the place to hold various functions. We could even compete with Casper as the go-to place.
What to do with the old fairgrounds?
For a starter, this would ideal place to start a new "justice center" to expand office space for the Sheriff and county court. There would be several advantages to this development. One, not having to drive back and forth across town would help with time and expenses. Second, the location has plenty of room for future expansions Third, the parking space would large enough to fulfill several uses from patrons to impounds. I'm sure that there would be several more ideas if you asked these two departments.
The old fairgrounds also would be ideal for a new city hall. This could be Riverton's forward thinking to have all of these entities together to better serve the people.
Come on, people. Use your heads and dream a little. Could we make this happen without asking the state for money? It depends on how creative we are. We could have the best of both worlds by using our heads and working together. Our county would greatly improve with this development.