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Fairgrounds serves a vital role for Fremont County
Jul 5, 2013 - Chris Linton, Riverton
Too often, Riverton residents breeze by the Fremont County Fairgrounds without even giving it a thought.
Or if there is a thought, it might be that the fairgrounds are empty barns in the middle of a busy city.
However, the truth is, that area isn't so empty, and it serves a vital purpose, every day, for Fremont County. More than 800 events are hosted on the fairgrounds annually.
Not only is it home to the University of Wyoming TRIO office and the Fremont County Fair, but it's also a frequent meeting place for groups such as 4-H clubs, skateboarders, dog classes and church groups.
Events such as wedding receptions, quilting shows and auctions are held there on a nearly weekly basis throughout the year. The facility hosts many large fundraisers such as the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Hats Off Tough Enough Cancer event.
The farmers market makes the fairgrounds its home during the summer months. The Good Sam's RV Club makes an annual stop here, while the CWC Rodeo Club hosts their fall rodeo in the arena.
As residents were reminded recently, the fairgrounds is a haven for livestock and their owners when there is a disaster in the county, such as the 2011 flooding of the Wind River.
When a wildfire erupts and evacuations are required, owners of horses and other livestock need a place to take their animals. Fremont County is fortunate to have a ready venue in such a natural disaster.
So though we may take the fairgrounds for granted, or even consider it quaint to have such a facility in our city limits, there are those who depend on the fairgrounds daily.
It is a great benefit to have such an amenity in Riverton and Fremont County.