Perry Kaufman, manager of Riverton Saturday Farmers Market, with Sherry Shelley, co-founder and manager of Fremont Local Foods Wednesday Market, at the morning session on farmers markets Wednesday at Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days in Riverton. Photo by Steve Miller.

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Farm and Ranch Days this week was a success with more than 100 people attending both lunch sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.

Great weather boosted attendance Wednesday but conflicts with other meetings for producers trimmed the number Thursday of those at the Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days in Riverton, an organizer said. About 150 attended lunch Wednesday and 135 Thursday.

“It is still a very good show all the way around,” said Alex Malcolm UW Extension educator in Fremont County, said Thursday.

The annual two-day show offered 36 sessions ranging from weather forecasting tools for farming and ranching to agricultural marketing and using raised garden beds.

“It’s an annual thing, and there are a lot of people who come down and enjoy the festivities that are going on,” Malcolm said.

He said a planning committee seeks program ideas each year to keep the annual show fresh and then finds the speakers.

Not all learning occurs in the 45-minute sessions – Malcolm said a lot occurs in side conversations outside the rooms. “There’s a lot of catching up, a lot of networking going on, a lot of knowledge transferred from person to person, and finding out what’s going on in your neck of the woods,” he noted.

Marlene and David Nicholls of rural Lander consider what session to attend Thursday at the finish of extension educator Alex Malcolm's talk about using raised beds for gardening. Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days were Wednesday-Thursday in Riverton. Steve miller photo.

Marlene and David Nicholls of rural Lander consider what session to attend Thursday at the finish of extension educator Alex Malcolm’s talk about using raised beds for gardening. Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days were Wednesday-Thursday in Riverton. Steve miller photo.

The show. Josiah Sifuentes photo.

The show. Josiah Sifuentes photo.