SWEETWATER COUNTY – There is just over a month left until high school cowboys and cowgirls from around the nation converge on Sweetwater County. The Sweetwater Events Complex is putting together the final pieces for the event.
On July 7, participants will begin moving in and then on July 10 check-ins will start. The first events will start on July 13 at 7 p.m. The Governor’s reception will by on July 16. Marketing and Events Manager Kandi Pendleton reported Governor Matt Mead is planning on being in attendance and the food this year will be done by Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County.
The final rides will be completed on July 19 and then on July 21 the Red Desert Roundup Rodeo will move in.
“It is a tight turnaround for us,” Pendleton said.
One change which will be made this year is the hours of the trade show. The trade show runs from July 12-19. The hours have been changed to 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. to accommodate more residents. The complex reported as of Tuesday, they have 127 vendors with more being added as the event creeps closer.
There was some talk about having a Wyoming section at the trade show where all the Wyoming vendors would be located. Pendleton said most of the Wyoming vendors did not want to be segregated and the Wyoming vendors will be located throughout the trade show.
Complex Director Larry Lloyd reminded residents the trade show is free and it is the largest trade show of all the NHSFR.
Another new addition to this year’s rodeo is a sportsman expo. The complex has teamed with Muley Fanatic to bring this to the area. Pendleton explained the complex will see how well the expo goes with the hope it does well enough to make the expo its own event.
As of Tuesday, the complex finalized a deal to bring 500 golf carts. There were some issues getting the carts and the complex was talking about allowing people to use ATV’s and Side by Sides. With the cart problem solved, Pendleton said they are not going to allow ATV’s and Side by Sides.
The complex is still looking for volunteers for the event. They are also looking for any residents who may want to rent a camp trailer out during the event. It was reported participants are starting to call to set up reservations at the complex campground.
Tickets for the event are on sale now. If any residents would like to volunteer or rent a camping trailer for the event, you can look at the Sweetwater County Events Complex website or call the complex for details.