PHOTOS: 1st Annual Lander Community Hog Roast

(Lander, WY) – The 1st Annual Lander Community Hog Roast took place in Lander City Park on Saturday, September 18th, and those in attendance got to eat some delicious slow-smoked hog, see over 10 bands perform, and even witness a Mayor and Fire Chief get pied in the face by a police officer wearing a tutu.

County 10 Photo.
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The smoke master, Paul Downey. County 10 photo.
A field of corn-hole dreams. County 10 photo.

Mayor Monte Richardson, along with the Lander VFW, Central Bank and Trust and numerous volunteers and sponsors, decided to organize the roast to provide the citizens of Lander with a fun-filled community event that promotes unity.

In addition to the bands and food, there were games, a cornhole tournament, a pie-in-the-face booth, vaccination tents, a half-hog raffle, face painting, and various vendors; a little something for everyone.

Cornhole Tournament. County 10 photo.
Cornhole Tournament in full swing. County 10 photo.
Cornhole Tournament winners the Average Joe’s. Travis Bennett and Natalie Collins received a custom cornhole board set from Scott Robeson woodworking. County 10 photo.
Mark Calhoun leads the pre-dinner prayer. County 10 photo.
Mayor Monte Richardson reminds roast attendees of the importance of unity and community spirit. County 10 photo.
Bob and Janet Keiser present the Mayor with his new shirt. County 10 photo.
County 10 photo.
Even the horses wanted to see what all the fuss was about. County 10 photo.
This hog was worth the wait. County 10 photo.
Folks enjoying the food and tunes. County 10 photo.
Time to eat. County 10 photo.

One of the most unique events of the day was the pie-in-the-face booth fundraiser put on by Central Bank and Trust.

Donation buckets for the pie-in-the-face booth. County 10 photo.

Donation buckets were set up for Mayor Monte Richardson, Lander Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bobby Johnston, and Lander Police Department Patrol Sergeant Garrett Millington, (subbing in for Police Chief Scott Peters). Whoever got the most money in their bucket got pied, and whoever got the least had to wear a tutu while pie-ing the others.

Mayor Richardson got the most donations, but in the end both he and Johnston got pied by a tutu-clad Millington.

Mayor Monte Richardson, Lander Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bobby Johnston. h/t Doug Spriggs photo.
Mayor Monte Richardson and Lander Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bobby Johnston’s smiles were replaced by pies. h/t Doug Spriggs photo.
Mayor Monte Richardson and Lander Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bobby Johnston get pied in the face by Lander Police Department Patrol Sergeant Garrett Millington. h/t Doug Spriggs photo.
Mayor Monte Richardson and Lander Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bobby Johnston take another one for the team. h/t Doug Spriggs.
Lander Police Department Patrol Sergeant Garrett Millington may not have been pied in the face, but he DID have to wear a tutu. h/t Doug Spriggs photo.
h/t Doug Spriggs photo.
Mayor Monte Richardson, Lander Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bobby Johnston, and Lander Police Department Patrol Sergeant Garrett Millington. h/t Amanda McIntyre photo.

Kicking off the music for the day, which was made possible by Sean Francis of Fremont Music, sound/stage manager Brad Christensen and organizer Adam Kirkpatrick, was Candice Frude.

Candice Frude. County 10 photo.

After Candice, Patty and Kasi Hessling took the stage to sing the National Anthem, followed Chris Flom.

Patty and Kasi Hessling sing the National Anthem. County 10 photo.
Chris Flom. County 10 photo.
Chris Flom with special guests Raine Lesher and Feike van Dijk. County 10 photo.

After Chris performed, Mark Calhoun and Mayor Richardson conducted the pre-dinner prayer, and it was time to eat.

The hog after nine hours in the smoker. h/t Bruce Gallinger.
You could smell this from Main Street. County 10 photo.
County 10 photo.
Pork Pullers unite. County 10 photo.
Lander City Fire’s smoker is legit. County 10 photo.
Paul’s smoker. County 10 photo.
The smoke pit crew keeping tabs on the hog. County 10 photo.
The smoke master, Paul Downey. County 10 photo.
You can’t have pulled pork without pork pullers. County 10 photo.
Moments before being pulled. County 10 photo.

Once bellies were full, roast attendees were then treated to the music of The Dystopians, followed by Sideways Sun.

The Dystopians. County 10 photo.
The Dystopians. County 10 photo.
The Dystopians. County 10 photo.
Sideways Sun. County 10 photo.

Coupe DeVille and Chain Mantis went on next, followed by Black Mountain Blues.

Coupe DeVille. County 10 photo.
Coupe DeVille gains some new fans. County 10 photo.
Chain Mantis. County 10 photo.
Black Mountain Blues. County 10 photo.

Full Blown Mosey then rocked the stage, with Pushroot performing right after, acting like this wasn’t only their 3rd performance together.

Full Blown Mosey. County 10 photo.
Pushroot. County 10 photo.

The last two acts of the night were Wyoming Singer and Songwriter Competition winner Christian Wallowing Bull, and heavy metal band Eternal Reality, who definitely made an impression on the late night crowd.

Christian Wallowing Bull. County 10 photo.
Christian Wallowing Bull. County 10 photo.
Christian Wallowing Bull. County 10 photo.
Eternal Reality. County 10 photo.
Eternal Reality. County 10 photo.
A metal head is born. County 10 photo.
All the musicians who were still at the roast by 7 PM pose on the stage. County 10 photo.

In addition to the dozens of volunteers who made the event possible, sponsors included:

Bronze – Meridian Trust Federal Credit Union, Trinity Episcopal Church, Rodney’s Collision Center, Pro Repair Plus, Orchard Church, Tony’s Pizza, Western Printing.

Silver – Wyoming Community Bank, Joe and Andrea Kenney, First Interstate Bank, Lander Community Concert Association, Ace Hardware, Safeway, Mr. D’s, Bill Hastings, Rock Church.

Gold – Atlantic City Federal Credit Union.

Corporate Sponsor – Central Bank and Trust.

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