ROCK SPRINGS — Several March events are coming up while the Sweetwater Events Complex is also continually working on the National High School Finals Rodeo and Wyoming’s Big Show.
Recently the complex has released a few exciting things on the upcoming fair. The Theme of the fair is “A Crazy Good Time.” They also announced the first concert which will be Red on Friday night. Kandi Pendleton, Director of Marketing and Events Manager, said they will announce the next concert on March 18 and then again on April 1.
“We are going to announce them about every two weeks,” she said.
National High School Finals Rodeo
Concerning the NHSFR, Executive Director Larry Lloyd said he is working on getting all the stakeholders together to discuss the future of the rodeo in Rock Springs. The packets for the high school and the junior high rodeos come out in June. Lloyd said he would like the Sweetwater County Commissioners, the Mayor of Rock Springs, Carl Demshar, as well as Wyoming Legislative folks and other important entities to meet to discuss the importance of this. He also said the folks from the Wyoming Travel and Tourism would be there. A meeting date has not been set.
Lloyd said he wants to speak about the importance of the event locally and also the importance of these events on a statewide level. Recently Lloyd was in Cheyenne to discuss with legislators how key it is for the state of Wyoming to get behind these events and help local communities get these events because it brings many people into the state, not just where the event takes place.
Currently, the rodeo is looking to move to a 2 to 4 year rotation with three primary areas to host the events. He said having these events is also good for local business and groups to showcase what they can offer, as well as what the state and communities can offer.
“It’s a good deal for us, a good deal for Sweetwater County and good for the state of Wyoming,” Lloyd said. “It solidifies the Cowboy State.”
Another area of the NHSFR Lloyd spoke about was the shooting competitions. He said they are anticipating additional growth in the shooting events.
“It has taken on a life of its own on a National level,” Lloyd said.
Sweetwater County Commissioner and complex liaison, John Kolb, said the Trap Club has added three new skeet launchers and also a verbal mechanism to launch the skeet. He said the Sweetwater County Commissioners and the Sweetwater County Parks and Recreation Board supported this financially for the event.
Lloyd said the staff is focused on the management of the shooting events this year in an effort to make them much smoother than in the past.
The complex also mentioned they are still looking for sponsorships as well as volunteers for the event.
Bowls of Sharing
Other March events the complex is getting ready for include: Muley Foundation Banquet, Home and Garden Show, a gun show, the Godinas Family Medical Fundraiser and the 307 runway fashion event. One event Lloyd spoke to the board about was the Bowls of Sharings.
The Bowls of Sharing takes place March 20 at 4:30 p.m. at the complex. Lloyd told the board if there is one event they should attend this would be the one.
Pendleton said it is a fundraiser for the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen and the YWCA. Attendees pay for a ceramic bowl, and they get served and fed. Pendleton said it is growing and growing and last year they had about 800 people.
Lloyd explained that there are little groups throughout the community who get together and decorate these bowls. He encouraged people to get involved and to come out for the event.
Sweetwater Events Complex March Events
For a complete listing go to the Sweetwater Events Complex website
March 7 – Northpark Elementary PTO Spaghetti Dinner – 5 p.m.
March 8 – Godinas Family Medical Fundraiser
March 15 – Rock the 307 Runway
March 20 – Bowls of Sharing – 4:30 p.m.
March 21-23 – Up In Arms Gun Show
March 28-30 – Springs Home and Garden Show