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The way it was: Rodeo queens  1945
First attendant Veramae Pollard, left, and queen Helen Williams reigned over the makeshift Fremont County Fair, pictured here on July 26, 1945. File photo

The way it was: Rodeo queens -- 1945

Jul 28, 2013 - From staff reports

The closest thing to the Fremont County Fair in 1945 was the summertime pro rodeo in Riverton, reflecting an interruption in traditional fair activities because of the hardships imposed by the World War II war effort.

Still, there was a "junior 4-H fair" organized for a couple of days, two full nights of rodeo, and a parade that drew "more than 30 different units, including 200 horses" as a big crowd turned out.

To promote the rodeo, an airplane flown by local movie theater impresario Tom Knight dropped 8,000 handbills over Thermopolis, Worland, Basin, Greybull, Cody, Powell, Lovell and Meeteetse.

Elected rodeo queens that year were Helen Williams and Veramae Pollard. Both girls were active rodeo enthusiasts, and each was a member of a pioneering Riverton family.

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