(Riverton, Wyo.) – Fremont County Fair Board Chairman Amy Hamilton told the Fremont County Commission on Tuesday morning that 100th anniversary was a mixture of success and disappointment.
“Everything went really well,” Hamilton said of the week-long fair overall. The fair was held at the Fremont County Fairgrounds in Riverton from July 27 to Aug. 3.
However, a couple the centennial events didn’t make a profit for the fair. “Of the seven nights, four of them made a profit,” she said.
The two nights that substantially underperformed, Hamilton said, were the Oak Ridge Boys/Kip Moore Concert and the comedy duo “The Cowboy and Indian.” She said neither of those events ticket sales covered the costs. ”Fremont County is just not really a concert venue,” she said.
Exhibit participation has also decreased over the last couple years as well.
“I can tell you, that if it has a motor and makes lots of noise, we make some money,” Hamilton continued. The demolition derby and hog wrestling events were very successful, she said.
In other positive results, the Junior Livestock Sale “was the best we’ve ever had,” she said. She said the youth who showed and sold livestock made a combined more than $500,000. Noting that the livestock shows had been compressed into the later half of the week, forcing some to go as late as 8 p.m., Hamilton said the board has decided to start the livestock shows on Tuesday next year.
Looking toward the 101st Fremont County Fair next year, several changes are being considered. She said the board is considering raising ticket prices for some events, as well as rearranging the sequence of headlining events. County Commission Chairman Doug Thompson asked if the board had considered maybe having one night without any main events. He said for people who want to attend everything, it comes at a significant monetary cost over the course of a week. Hamilton said the idea has been discussed for possibly the Wednesday night of the fair.