5 community members, 2 local businesses receive ag appreciation awards

(Riverton, WY) – Five community members and two local businesses were recognized on Saturday for their contributions to the Agriculture community of Fremont County.

The Riverton Chamber of Commerce hosted the 56th annual Fremont County Agriculture Appreciation Awards on Saturday, April 17th. County 10 connected with the Riverton Chamber for nomination details and to help celebrate the award recipients.

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Kelly Gardner received the “Ag Man of the Year” award. His nominator said: “[He] goes above and beyond to help around the agriculturalcommunity. The loyalty and hard work he shows in his everyday life should provide him the recognition of his outstanding community contribution. He is always willing to help his neighbors and will do anything to make sure those in the community are successful.”

h/t Riverton Chamber of Commerce – Kelly Gardner was named Ag Man of the Year.

Beth Evans was named “Ag Woman of the Year” at the banquet. Her nominator shared: She has been in the agriculture community for over 25 years and heavily involved in the Fremont County ag community for over 20 years. Beth has served on the predator board, is a past member of the cattlewomen, and was a 4-H leader among many other contributions. She also donates a lot of time to the local ag community. Beth currently runs a cow-calf operation in Pavillion.

h/t Riverton Chamber of Commerce – Beth Evans was named Ag Woman of the Year.

Kent & Cheri Christensen received the “Ag Couple of the Year” award. Their nomination can be read here.

h/t Riverton Chamber of Commerce – Kent & Cheri Christensen were named Ag Couple of the Year.

Andrea Thompson Dockery was named the “Ag Young Person of the Year.” Her nominator shared she is the 4th generation on a family ranch on the Sweetwater and active in all ranch work, riding, calving, and irrigating. She is currently a substitute teacher. “Is in Farm Bureau, on Sage West Hospital Board, Fremont County and Lander Rec Boards, member and past president of Fremont Cattlewomen, and a supportive mother.”

h/t Riverton Chamber of Commerce – Andrew Dockery was named Ag Young Person of the Year.

First Interstate Bank was named “Ag Business of the Year.” Their nominator shared they are very community-oriented. The Riverton branch donates money and employees donate time to events and organizations around town. “Whether part of the Fair Board, Fremont County Cattlemans, or the many other organizations donated to Agriculture and community involvement, you can find an employee volunteering.” 

h/t Riverton Chamber of Commerce

The Midvale Store received the “Ag Service” award. Their nominator said they provide meals or host benefits for ill or injured people in the community. They host fishing derbies and poker runs for people in need. They extensively donate their time and money to support the community. Their reputation as a restauranteur is known throughout the state, provides support to farmers and ranchers in the community.

h/t Riverton Chamber of Commerce

First Interstate Bank President shared his appreciation for the Riverton Chamber in recognizing folks in the ag community.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients!

h/t Riverton Chamber of Commerce
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