The “Soarbet Dreams” balloon came all the way from Murray, Utah, to be in the sky above Riverton. (Photo by Carl Cote)

By Sarah Elmquist Squires

Managing Editor

In the past, the funds have helped the kinds of events that draw scores of visitors to town to soak up things like the Rampage Rumble Tournament, the Mountain Man Rendezvous, the PRCA Rodeo and summertime car shows. The tourism propels the local economy, and in turn helps restore the coffers that give it an extra boost. The Tourism Asset Development (TAD) program uses dollars harvested from the county’s lodging tax to help Fremont County communities put on events and programs, and this year, the application period is open through next Friday. 

TAD grants in Riverton are open to civic and nonprofit organizations and those related to tourism. The application is relatively straight forward, with organizers sharing project details and expenses and vying for up to $1,000 for their project. Projects must take place in 2023, and after their completion, organizers must submit a financial report to the Riverton Chamber within 90 days to receive the awarded funding. 

Some of the other projects and events that have secured TAD funding in the past include the Riverton Legion Raiders Baseball Roy Peck Wood Bat Tournament, the Riverton Mineral and Gem Society Fairgrounds Show, Riverton Branch Library’s Music on the Lawn, Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally, Rocky Mountain Rebels Summer Car Show, and Rendezvous City Beef Roundup.

Those interested in applying for TAD funds should email for an application, then submit it to Applications may also be delivered by hand to the chamber at 111 North First Street, Riverton. Applications must be received by February 24.