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Wyoming State Fair

Written by Dennis Sun

As I was getting ready for the Wyoming State Fair, I soon realized that summer is starting to close. The nights are starting to get cooler, the mornings are allowing more time to work cattle if you have to, and this year, if you live along a strip from northwest to southeast Wyoming, you are talking about the eclipse.

  For those trying to make some dollars from the eclipse, we hope it works out for you. Good luck. For those who are visiting for the eclipse, respect private lands, take care of your garbage, have a good experience and enjoy the fun.

As most of our readers receive the Roundup on Saturdays, several of the goat shows, the Ranch Horse Show and the Ft. Fetterman Remount Invitation Horse Sale will be over. But there is still plenty to do and see until the fair ends on Aug. 19.

Please stop by the Roundup Tent, located in the same spot, as usual, right across from the beef show ring, to visit, sit for a while in the shade and enjoy an ice-cold bottle of water, donated by the Wyoming Rural Electric Association.

There are 22 booths this year in the Roundup Tent, showcasing everything from livestock supplies and livestock organizations to UW Extension Service and the Wyoming Hay Show. It will be worth the stop. We are proud of the success of the tent and what it adds to the State Fair, and we’d like to thank those with booths in the tent.

On Aug. 16 at 1 p.m., the Cattlemen’s Conference, sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America and the Roundup, will take place at the Ruthe James Williams Memorial Conference Center. Many of you know the building as the Wyoming Pioneer Association building on the State Fairgrounds. We have a great lineup of speakers for you.

Starting at 1 p.m., Rindy West, a board member of Wyoming Ag in the Classroom, will talk about the Wyoming Stewardship project. What a great program for students of Wyoming. Following Rindy will be Monty Gilbreath from the Converse County School District #1 on how the district are providing local beef in their school cafeterias. This program has and is spreading across the state.

Next, Steve Paisley from the University of Wyoming (UW) will speak on how what you, as a beef producer, should do to get your beef products into China and other importing countries. Congressman Liz Cheney will speak during the conference, as her time allows, on issues in Wyoming and around the country and the West. We welcome her to the conference and thank her for her time.

Whit Stewart, the new sheep specialist at the UW, will introduce himself and talk on Wyoming sheep issues. Don Day, famed Wyoming meteorologist, will speak on the next couple year’s weather predictions. Is there a drought in the future? He’ll let us know.

And last will be a 2018 Farm Bill listening session, hosted by Scott Zimmerman of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.

That evening, there will be the Wyoming Ag Hall of Fame Picnic, sponsored by Farm Credit Services of America, Cargill/Vigortone and the Roundup. We will be honoring Keith Geis from Wheatland and Peter John Camino from Buffalo as new Hall of Fame inductees. We also will honor Wyoming Ag in the Classroom’s Educator of the Year Jill Blazovich from Rock Springs. All are noble Wyoming citizens. It promises to be a fun evening.

See you in Douglas.