By Ernie Over


Phew! What a weekend. This past weekend was one of the busiest of the summer season and I hope you got out to enjoy a part of it. Nearly every community had something going on. The Friday Night Rocky Mountain Rebels Car Show in Riverton packed five blocks of Main Street, the Riverton Rendezvous Balloon launch Saturday morning had a big crowd of onlookers and the Balloon glow that evening drew, by most accounts, over 1,000 folks. Judging from photos I’ve seen of the International Climbers Festival in Lander, their public events also drew big crowds, as did the Ethete Celebration Powwow.

We’ve got just a few days to rest up before the next big week, that being the Fremont County Fair in Riverton. This year’s theme is Goin’ Hog Wild. Always a good time, Fair week is packed with entertainment. Fair Activities begin today with “Carnival Nights” at the Fairgrounds with a carnival running through Saturday the 23rd. Then the Fair really kicks off a week later with numerous daily happenings.

I really enjoy the livestock showmanship events when the 4H and FFA kids get to show off their horses, cattle, goats, swine, and such. Depending on the day, you’ll see those young folks shampooing, clipping, grooming and leading their animals around, getting ready for their time in the show arena. When the exhibit halls open, I love to see the 4H Pavillion and all the great arts and crafts that the kids have been working on all year. The quilt exhibits at the Fremont Center are another favorite, hanging from the rafters. The open class exhibits are always fun to see, from photography to fiber arts, there’s plenty to grab your attention. Then there’s the Ag Pavillion where PAWS for Life will be hosting pet adoptions and various organizations show off their services. Don’t forget the many contests underway too, from the Best Cinnamon Roll to the ice cream challenge, to the best baked goods and cookies and more.

Here’s a glimpse at the schedule:  On Saturday morning, July 30th, there’s the annual Fremont County Fair Parade down Riverton’s Main Street to the Fairgrounds and the always popular and hilarious Hog ‘N Mug Wrestling in the Grand Arena; Sunday the 31st is Fremont Family Day with a free lunch, car racing, laser tag and wiener dog races; on August 1 is the Wind River Rodeo Roundup, a PRCA Ram Rodeo event, and then on Tuesday August 2nd is the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” Night at the Ram Rodeo. Wednesday, August 3rd features the Ranch Rodeo local cowboys and cowgirls with a Barcode 307 concert to follow; Thursday August 4th is the Timmy Challenge Bull Riding. On Friday August 5th is the Monster Truck Insanity Tour, and on Saturday August 6th is the Figure 8 races.

Earlier in the day on that Saturday, at 10 a.m., the Junior Livestock Sale will be held. That’s one of my favorite events at the fair where the 4H and FFA kids get to sell the livestock they’ve been raising all year.

As you have read, I have many, many “favorite things” at the Fair.

Throughout the week the Free Stage is filled with entertainment, the midway has Food Trucks and those once-a-year treats that go with the fair. Don’t forget the vendors, too. Plenty of folks with Fair related products.

This isn’t a Fair Event, but I’ll be hosting my daily “Let’s Talk Fremont” radio talk program each morning from the fair on KVOW, 1450, at 8 a.m., and KTAK Wyoming’s Big Country’s Rusty Wuertz will be spinning the top country tunes on her show from the fair each afternoon. The WyoTodayMedia team from the radio stations and newspapers will also be there all week for the best local coverage of all things Fair. Stop by and say hello!

Ernie Over is an employee owner and the news director of the five-station Wind River Radio Network in Fremont and Hot Springs counties, the editor of’s local news Internet site, and a staff member of The Ranger, Lander Journal and Wind River News