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It’s Finally here

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

Over the course of the past year, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the 2020 Wyoming State Fair as we have heard stories about what is new and changes that have been made. 

The COVID-19 virus nearly put a stop to it. However, thanks to Gov. Gordon and others, the WSF is happening. The new general manager and assistant general manager, along with a hard-working Wyoming State Fair Board, have been planning the 2020 Wyoming State Fair since the last Saturday of the 2019 Wyoming State Fair.

Besides the top staff, there are also new faces in the Wyoming State Fair Office and out on the grounds. As with all new faces, there always comes some change. It should be fun to see these changes. 

Although some of us dislike change, we need to realize there must be change to grow. We need to come to the fair with an open mind and realize these changes took some thought and a lot of hard work by the Wyoming State Fair Board, management and staff. We also need to give these changes some time to get kinks worked out, if there are any.  

With change comes adjustments, and sometimes those adjustments are the key to a more efficient event. With this said, we need to remember to be patient if we have any complaints. 

The Wyoming Livestock Roundup will have our tent set up across from the Beef Show Ring with 18 booths from businesses, agencies, livestock associations, nonprofits and the University of Wyoming Extension. The Roundup Tent has always been a gathering or meeting place to learn about agriculture, visit with friends or just to sit and rest your feet. 

Come enjoy a cold bottle of free water provided by the Wyoming Rural Electric Association as you visit the tent.

The Wyoming Livestock Roundup will also host the 2020 Wyoming Hall of Fame Picnic, which will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Riverside Park. We will honor the 2020 Wyoming Agriculture Hall of Fame awardees, Jack and Diana Berger from Saratoga and Brad Boner from Glenrock. 

Also, Marissa Cornelison from Mountain View will be honored as the 2020 Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom Educator of the Year. 

This picnic is always a good time and a great place to visit. Please remember we will be following the state requirements for social distancing, with six people to a table, except for families. Attendees may wear masks, but will not be required to. 

These requirements will not dampen the spirit of the picnic as we honor present and past awardees.

As many know, the Wyoming State Fair is a great place to see everyone, and many people from other states around the nation are finding this out. I heard Kaitlynn Glover, executive director of Public Lands Council and Ethan Lane, vice president of government affairs and chief lobbyist of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, both from Washington D.C., will be around the Wednesday and Thursday of the state fair. 

Glover and Lane will be attending the picnic and at the Roundup Tent to visit with producers. If you want to visit with them on issues, both will be here in Wyoming to listen. They are well known in Congress, as well as the White House, so don’t pass up on the opportunity to visit with them.

This year’s Wyoming State Fair is going to be a good one. We need to be there to support the fair, those involved and especially the 4-H and FFA exhibitors. See you there.

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