Lander Art District makes things official with Saturday ribbon cutting, street fair

(Lander, WY) – The Lander Art District, the city block consisting of the 200 blocks of Main & Lincoln Streets and the 100 blocks of N 3rd & N 2nd Streets, celebrated its official christening with a ribbon cutting ceremony overseen by Mayor Monte Richardson, and a multi-event street fair on Saturday, June 5th.

There were arts and crafts vendors, live music, face painting tents, tie dye stations, food, informational booths, performances from the Northern Arapaho Dancers and the Little Brave Drummers, scavenger hunts and more.

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In addition to the face painting, the folks over at the Promoting Arts in Lander Schools (PALS) tent were also providing kiddos with a scavenger hunt where they collect hidden clues around town for a chance to win some art supplies.

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Water for Wildlife interns Olivia Ray and Becky Barbier were also there to promote the organization’s efforts in the development of supplemental water resources in selected areas, where both the habitat and wildlife are being impaired by lack of water.

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The girls were offering the chance to spin the ‘wheel of wildlife questions’ for a chance at some prizes, where this County 10 reporter correctly answered a question about red foxes that earned pretty cool decal sticker.

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The Northern Arapaho Dancers also showcased some traditional, fancy, and prairie chicken dancing styles, accompanied by the Little Brave Drummers.

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There were also plenty of local bands playing at the event, with Picket Fence kicking things off.

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After the Arapaho Dancers performed, new local band Pushroot, made their official debut.

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Closing out the evening were The Dystopians, even though there wasn’t anything dystopian about this community event.

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