Tri-State joins Wyoming State Fair 100th anniversary celebration

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police journeyed to Douglas, Wyo. to be part of Wyoming’s centennial state fair celebration last week.

Wyoming’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives helped Wyoming celebrate its 100th annual state fair in Douglas last week as a key sponsor, specifically presenting armed forces appreciation day and several rodeo mutton bustin’ events. Tri-State has been a fair sponsor for nearly a decade.

Two years of planning led up to this year’s event, which has a tradition of showcasing Wyoming heritage, agriculture, industries, youth, entrepreneurs, artists and more. “We were thrilled, and have had nothing but positive comments,” said Vicki Rupert, deputy director of the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo.

The eight-day celebration featured bustling exhibit halls, commercial exhibits, carnival, parade, concerts, livestock show rings where Wyoming’s best competed for top honors and much more – all for just a $1 gate fee.

Saddle bronc riding has remained a century-long favorite Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo event.

The 100th anniversary also brought special new entertainment and experiences this year, including performances by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, country music stars, a draft horse show, metal arts contest and Dutch oven contest.

Amid its century-long evolution, the fair continues to uphold its original purpose – to serve as an agriculturally focused event with an emphasis on education and youth activities. It remains the largest youth competition in the state. More than 5,000 classes are offered to allow people to show case their talents.

The first Wyoming State Fair was officially held in Douglas in 1905. The 1935 and 1936 state fairs were cancelled because of the depression; the 1937 fair was cancelled due to a polio outbreak and World War II caused the fair to close its doors from 1942-45, but it has been held every year since.

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