Events Complex Recruits for Future Events, Receives Letter From Barrasso

Bush performing last year at one of Sweetwater Events Complex's yearly events, Wyoming's Big Show.

ROCK SPRINGS — Staff members at the Events Complex are working to bring in future events beyond the NHSFR, according to the Fair Board at their Tuesday evening meeting.

National Junior High School Finals Rodeo

Events Complex Marketing & Events Manager Kandi Pendleton said that the Events Complex has put in proposals to host the 2022 and 2023 National Junior High School Finals Rodeo.

The site selection for the 2022 NJHSFR will be made at the end of next week, at an NHSFR board meeting to discuss the upcoming 2018 high school finals rodeo.

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Staff from the Events Complex will attend the NHSFR board meeting next week; thus, the Fair Board meeting was held a week early.

One advantage which the Sweetwater Events Complex has in the competition is that officials determining the site of the junior high finals rodeo are familiar with the facilities at the Events Complex and what they have to offer, Pendleton said.

With approximately 1,100 participants in the junior high finals rodeo, Pendleton added that the Events Complex is large enough to handle a crowd like that.

“We are pretty confident in what we have,” Pendleton said.

Be that as it may, Pendleton emphasized that the Events Complex has many additional opportunities to bring in large groups of visitors.

“Hopefully the junior high will be successful, but if not, we have a lot of irons in the fire,” Pendleton said.

Barrel Racing & More

Among the other events being sought are the Northwest Barrel Racing Association Finals for fall 2018 and 2019, the National High Stakes Barrel Finals in summer 2018, and the American Quarter Horse Association Summer Regional in June 2018.

A national motor coach association has also been contacted regarding possible future use of the Events Complex.

The motor coach association is composed primarily of senior citizens who travel around the United States in their large motor homes, camping out in various places.

Horse Racing

The Events Complex is also currently finalizing a five year contract with Wyoming Horse Racing for pari-mutuel horse racing.

Bringing in major events with lots of visitors and tourists helps bring in the big bucks to Rock Springs and Sweetwater County.

“When (visitors) come into our community, they drop large dollars,” Lloyd said.

Letter From Barrasso

Lloyd read a short letter from U.S. Senator John Barrasso congratulating the Sweetwater Events Complex for their efforts to bring in tourist dollars from out-of-state and wishing them well.

“It’s not just the people who work here who are aware of what we do here,” Lloyd said. “Wherever I go people are talking about the Events Complex.”

New Fair Board Officers

Fair Board members in attendance elected new officers for the coming year.  Janet Hartford is the new board chairman. Faith Harris, the previous board chair, is now the vice chairman. Charlie Barnum is board treasurer and Roger Torgersen is board secretary.

In addition to Hartford, Harris, and Torgersen, board members Bob Spicer and Kaye Goicolea attended the meeting. Board members Charlie Barnum, Rob Zotti, and Donald Pallesen were absent.

The next Fair Board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 27, 2018.