(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.
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.
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 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.
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.
After Candice, Patty and Kasi Hessling took the stage to sing the National Anthem, followed Chris Flom.
After Chris performed, Mark Calhoun and Mayor Richardson conducted the pre-dinner prayer, and it was time to eat.
Once bellies were full, roast attendees were then treated to the music of The Dystopians, followed by Sideways Sun.