Fremont Fair 100: Youth Livestock began checking in; Best cinnamon roll picked; Rain failed to dampen spirits

A Fremont County Cattlewomen photo contest entry from Andrea Caproni earned a championship ribbon in the Ag Hall. (Ernie Over photo) 

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Sunday was the beginning move in day for many of the 4-H and FFA livestock projects at the 100th Fremont County Fair in Riverton. In the morning it was chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, along with sheep, goats and swine. Later in the afternoon the calves and larger animals began showing up. All the while the exhibit buildings were open and even a little early evening rain didn’t put a damper on the doins, it just cleared the dust and brought that fresh smell to the Fairgrounds.

Julie Stewart made "The Best Cinnamon Rolls in Fremont Co.

Julie Stewart made “The Best Cinnamon Rolls in Fremont Co.

One delicious smell Sunday came from the Little Wind Center with the judging of the Best Cinnamon Roll in Fremont County contest. Judges Jada Root, Kathy Matoon and Cody Myers took their time and unanimously settled on Julie Stewart’s recipe as the best. The Riverton homemaker was all smiles when the verdict was announced. Placing second was Wanda Weisz and third was Retha Reinke. All the cinnamon rolls all delicious!

The comedy duo of Williams and Ree highlighted the Grand Arena on Sunday night and they left the audience laughing.

On tap Monday at the fair is completing the move-in for poultry and rabbits, while the Open and 4-H Dog Agility Class and showmanship kicks off at 8 a.m. at an off-site location, at Sunset Park, at North 2nd West and West Sunset. class measurements for the dog show begin at 7:30, also at Sunset Park.

The exhibit areas open at noon and at 4 p.m. the Open Jackpot Market Swine Show is set for the Pork Pavilion. At 5:30 is the Lil’ Ranchers Roundup at the Cottonwood Arena followed at 8 p.m. with the PRCA Ram Wind River Rodeo Roundup in the Grand Arena. Monday night is Military Appreciation Night and Wrangler Patriot Night. During the rodeo a benefit auction will be held to support the Fremont County Veteran’s Assistance Fund.

Stran Peck and little brother Keifer showed off one of Stran's Nubian goats. (Ernie Over photo)

Stran,in back, and Keifer Peck showed off a Nubian goat.

In the goat barn, young Stran Peck was having himself quite a day. Celebrating his 9th birthday on Sunday, Peck was still all smiles because his American Quarter Horse mare was named the Grand Champion in Saturday’s judging. He also showed the Reserve Champion Appaloosa gelding. It’s his first year in 4-H and you can say he’s off to a good start. Peck’s next project at the fair is a pen of Nubian goats. He’s a member of the Little Bend 4-H in Riverton.

Ranelle Hindman of Crowheart with her Silkies.

Ranelle Hindman of Crowheart with her Silkies.

Among those setting up in the Poultry and Rabbit Barn Sunday was Ranelle Hindman of Crowheart, a member of the Wind River High School FFA Chapter. Hindman had a wide selection of poultry entered in the fair, including a trio of Silkie pullets. “I’ve been raising chickens for about eight years, but this is my first year in FFA so I’m a little nervous. Previously I was in the 4-H show,” she said. Hindman said she has 28 different breeds of chickens, including a handsome White Crested Black Polish rooster and a Silver Sebright hen. (See more photos below)

Jessica Makin of Riverton was in the FFA competition with a pen of three chickens, Hawk, Rusty and Owl. “They’re awesome,” she said when asked why she likes chickens. Makin has been raising poultry for the past four years. (See more photos below)

Kayla Rae Lawrence with Jitterbug

Kayla Rae Lawrence with Jitterbug

Just down the line, Kayla Rae Lawrence of Riverton was back again this year with “Jitterbug” her three-legged Lionhead rabbit. Last year it had all four legs, but there was an accident and now Jitterbug only has three legs. But the rabbit gets around quite well and didn’t want to stand still to have Lawrence hold it for a photo. Lawrence has six rabbits in this year’s show. (See more photos below)

Outside, where animals were checking in, Colton Malcolm, 8, of Riverton was busy shampooing his Hampshire Lamb. “Boy, did she get dirty,” he said working the shampoo into the wool, “got to get her clean.” The animal washing bay was a busy place on Sunday, mostly for sheep, as the 4-H and FFA entries began coming into the fairgrounds. The hosing off also prevents the growth of bacteria in the wool and, of course, helps keep the animals cool. Malcolm is a member of the Tri-Valley 4-H Club.

Photos by Ernie Over, Click to enlarge, mouse over to see captions.