Get ready, Wyoming! The new and improved 47th annual Wyoming State Winter Fair is on!

(Lander, Wyo.) – For 46 years, the Wyoming State Winter Fair has brought a great experience to the Lander area. The Winter Fair made a call this year for a show of support, suggestions and volunteers to help put on this annual event. The Winter Fair Board was encouraged by the positive show of support and the new ideas; some of which are being implemented this year and others will be put into place in future years.

Events in the Wind River Country this weekend…

Lander — Saturday — Elise Wilkinson’s Roots, Rock, Reggae Against Cancer Benefit Concert. The benefit show will feature the music of the Chanman Roots Band. February 25, 2012 at 8 pm at the Lander Bar/ Gannett Grill. Admission is $10 and all proceeds will go to the benefit of victims of cancer and their families. Cancer is a Big Big Tree, but Together We Are A Small Axe…

Wyoming State Winter Fair livestock events coming up in February

(Lander) – The 45th Annual Wyoming State Winter Fair events coming up include the Livestock Show on Sat., Feb.  25, the Horse Show on Sun., Feb. 26 and the popular Trade Show on March 1-3, which concludes the event.
Livestock Show
The WSWF Open Junior Livestock Show is one of the more popular events annually. Participants are 21 years of age and younger.  Show classes include market hogs, lambs, and goats, plus steers and heifers. Prize money and belt buckles are awarded to winners. The livestock show will be held at the Lander Old Timers Rodeo Arena adjacent to the rodeo grounds near the Lander airport.. Information and entry forms are located in the Winter Fair book, available from state extension offices and FFA instructors, and on the Fair’s website. The livestock show is starts at 9:30 in the morning with steer hip height. Weigh-ins start at 10:30 a.m. The events start at 1 p.m.After completion of the livestock show, the livestock auction will be held at 7 p.m. Buyers  interested in purchasing one of these quality animals, but who are unable to attend may contact the WSWF Board to set up a proxy bidder. All purchases must be paid for at the time of sale unless written consent is received in advance of the date of sale. For more information on the livestock show or sale, contact John Schumacher, 330-6946.
Horse Show
This annual show is great for youth and/or 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. This show is also held at the LOTRA Arena next to the Lander Rodeo Grounds.
Besides halter and showmanship classes the competition also features riding classes in both Western and English disciplines, and a reining class. Following the show classes, barrel racing and pole bending classes are held for youth and adults. Again this year, the Horse Show will include barrel and pole racing and gives participants another great chance for participants to show off their horsemanship.

Trade and Talent Shows
The big Trade Show will be held in the Bob Carey Memorial Field House at Lander Valley High School with an assortment of new and interesting vendor booths from both Wyoming and the greater Rocky Mountain Area. A multitude of crafts and merchandise are on display and sale.
The ever popular free grocery drawing will be held each day of the fair along with daily door prizes. Participants must be present to receive the grocery certificate or door prize.