(Lander, Wyo.) – The Wyoming State Winter Fair in Lander kicks off with a brand new Beef Show and Miniature Bullriding on February 23 and the Horse Show on February 24.  The Trade Show is on February 28 and March 1-2. The Fair will conclude with the Dog Show on March 9.

 

The Winter Fair starts on February 23 and runs through March 2, 2013. (WSWF)

The Winter Fair starts on February 23 and runs through March 2, 2013. (WSWF)

Beef Show:

The Wyoming State Winter Fair Beef Show is a new event this year. This is an open junior show and is for participants who are 21 years of age and younger. You do not need to be a Wyoming resident to enter. This is a great opportunity to beat the winter blues and get a head start on your showing skills for the upcoming summer season. Prize money and belt buckles are awarded to winners, and everyone has a great time.

The beef show will be held this year on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at the Lander Old Timers Rodeo Arena in Lander. Complete information and entry forms are located in the Winter Fair book, available from state extension offices and FFA instructors, on the Fair’s website, and the Lander Chamber of Commerce. The beef show is starts at 9:30 in the morning with hip height. Weigh-ins start at 9:30 a.m. The steer and heifer show starts at 1 p.m.

If you would like more information on the beef show, contact Connie or Danny Guilgen evening 332-2437.

 

Two winners from a past horse show at the Winter Fair. (WSWF)

Two winners from a past horse show at the Winter Fair. (WSWF)

Horse Show:

This annual show is growing in popularity with horse enthusiasts of all ages. Awards, ribbons and prize money will be awarded in classes to keep the contest competitive, but the participants’ friendly attitudes keep it fun. Held at the Lander Old Timers Arena at the Lander Airport, his is a great show for youth and adults who are just learning the ropes of horse showing. Over 40 classes are offered at this event so everyone should be able to find a spot to enter their favorite horse or rider. There is $8 entry fee for all classes.

Besides halter and showmanship classes the competition also has riding classes in both Western and English disciplines, and a reining class. Following the show classes, the Horse Show features Barrel Racing and Pole Bending classes divided for youth and adults. This is always a popular event, drawing everyone from beginners to professionals.

Again this year, the Horse Show will include barrel and pole racing. This is an exciting event. It is another great chance for participants to show off their horsemanship.

 

The Trade Show at the Wyoming State Winter Fair includes both craft, merchandise and non-profit information booths, along with talent shows and a daily door prizes. (Ernie Over photo)

The Trade Show at the Wyoming State Winter Fair includes both craft, merchandise and non-profit information booths, along with talent shows and a daily door prizes. (Ernie Over photo)

 

Trade and Talent Shows:

The big Trade Show will be held in the Bob Carey Memorial Field House at Lander Valley High School for three days, February 28 and March 1-2.

This year there will be an assortment of new and interesting vendor booths from both Wyoming and the greater Rocky Mountain Area. A multitude of crafts and merchandise will be on display for either purchase or feast for the eye. There will be interesting displays for all ages and interests.

The ever-popular grocery drawing will be held each day of the fair along with many daily door prizes. Any person present at the Trade Show will be able to fill out a raffle ticket (free of charge). Participants must be present at the daily drawing to receive the grocery certificate or door prize. An individual may win only once a day.

Along with all the great talent, fair goers can check out all the many vendor displays along with seeing all the entertainers. The Fair is a great place to take a break from the long winter, see many old friends, plus trying all the goodies to eat from the food vendors.

Dog Show:

The Winter Fair Dog Show at the Fremont County Fairgrounds is back again this year with fun prizes for dogs and dog lovers. It is a great event for all pet owners. Come and test the skills of your pets or just come to watch the talented dogs.

Wyoming State Winter Fair logo, WSWFWSWF Schedule: 

February 23 / Beef Show and Miniature Bullriding, LOTRA Arena, Lander

February 24 / Horse Show, LOTRA Arena, Lander

Februry 28 and March 1 – 2 / Trade Show, LVHS, Lander

March 9 / Dog Show, Fremont County Fair Grounds, Riverton

For detailed schedule information: Wyoming State Winter Fair

Contact Marlene Young at 307-332-4011, cmy@wyoming.com, for information or entry forms for the Trade Show or Non Profit booths in the Auxiliary Gym.

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