Sweetwater County Commission and Rock Springs City Council Send Letters of Support to NHSFR Board

Sweetwater County Commission and Rock Springs City Council Send Letters of Support to NHSFR Board

Sweetwater County Commission and Rock Springs City Council Send Letters of Support to NHSFR BoardSWEETWATER COUNTY – With the Sweetwater County Events Complex staff in full swing getting ready for the National High School Finals Rodeo, other government agencies used this past week to help.

The best high school marksmen, cowboys and cowgirls will once again make their way to Rock Springs July 12-18 to compete for the title of National High School Finals Rodeo champion. This year, the Sweetwater County Complex had to deal with a little curve ball as the working cow horse event was added to this year’s competition.

The working cow horse event – also known as the reined cow horse – is an event where participants guide a cow through an arena using specific maneuvers and turning it in a specified manner.

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The complex looked at several different options on where to do the event and it was decided the best place is the practice arena across the street from the Complex. Crews at the Complex have been giving the arena a small makeover to get ready for the event.

While the Sweetwater County Complex has been busy at work, local elected officials have also been focused on the event.

This is the final year of the current contract between the Complex and the NHSFR. At the first of the year the Complex put in a bid to host the event starting in 2018. During the successful bid process by the Complex, only a few communities entered bids. This time around, the Complex’s bid was one of 13 bids received from across the nation.

Since there were so many bids, the NHSFR Board delayed awarding the bid so they could go to each community that submitted bids. During this year’s rodeo, the board will meet in Rock Springs to decide who will be the lucky winner.

At the most recent Sweetwater County Commissioner meeting, Commissioner John Kolb urged his fellow commissioners to draft a letter to the NHSFR Board in support of bringing the rodeo back to Sweetwater County. The rest of the Commissioners agreed and voted in support of the letter.

Later that night, Kolb made his way to the Rock Springs City Council meeting and addressed the council. Kolb urged Rock Springs to also draft a letter to the board in support of bringing the rodeo back. Rock Springs Mayor Carl Demshar has said many times the rodeo is good for the community and has often told residents anytime you can put our community in the National spotlight is an opportunity that should not be wasted.

At the council meeting, Demshar again spoke in favor of the event and said the city of Rock Springs will do what it can to support the event. After getting a thumbs up by Rock Springs City Attorney Vince Crow, the council unanimously voted to draft a letter to the NHSFR Board.

After the vote the Rock Springs City Council took action on the next agenda item which also involved the rodeo. As they have done in the past, the council unanimously voted to give NHSFR contestants free access to the indoor recreation facilities.

For more information about this year’s rodeo, visit the Sweetwater County Events Complex website and Facebook page or call the Complex.