We’re winding down from what was by all accounts an incredible Summer. With this being the first full tourism-season I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy in Sheridan, I can wholeheartedly say that I couldn’t be more proud to be part of community that extends such warm hospitality. The first two months of our new fiscal year have reflected very strong lodging tax figures as attendance at most of the Summer’s events was at an all-time high, and I’m confident that as Sheridan Travel & Tourism continues to work closer with these event associations we can only look forward to these numbers increasing in the coming years.
I would, however, like to take a moment to extend an apology to the readers of The Sheridan Press for having not given an STT Community Perspectives in August. At the time this column was due, I was participating in the CiViC Leadership Conference at Spear-O-Wigwam with a number of other community leaders. Those of us that had the good fortune to share this experience discovered a lot about ourselves, each other and how we can collectively work towards ensuring the community’s future success. It was a great opportunity to share with others some of the short and long-term goals of STT, and likewise to achieve some insight from the community leaders on how we can better work together on various initiatives and projects moving forward.
Sheridan continues to develop its prominence in tourism on a national scale. Voting was recently concluded for Rand McNally’s “Best of the Road” contest, and Sheridan took top honors in the categories of Most Beautiful, Most Fun, Most Patriotic, Best for Food, and most votes for best small town in Wyoming! This is a great feather in our cap, and further reinforces some of the amazing things that we get to enjoy about Sheridan every day.
STT has also had the good fortune of being a contributing sponsor to a number of successful events over the Summer season, including the second Annual Chamber Brewfest and “Best of the West” BBQ Fest – both of which just wrapped-up this past weekend. In speaking with Dixie Johnson, CEO of the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, it was said that this years’ event enjoyed a record turnout to the tune of roughly 1,200 attendees! This is great news for a relatively young event, and we look forward to further assisting in ensuring this event remains successful for many years to come.
Looking forward, this Fall promises to capitalize on this momentum with the final Farmer’s Market and Third Thursday events coming this month, as well as the 53rd Annual Pat Hamilton Memorial College Rodeo during the last weekend of September. Come October, the focus shifts towards hunting, beginning with the first-ever Wyoming Women’s Antelope Hunt, and a number of residents and visitors alike heading to high country in search of that elusive trophy. We’re also excited about being a sponsor of the upcoming FAB, (For. About. By.), Women’s Conference on October 4th–5th, and being featured in Sheridan Press’ upcoming “Destination Sheridan” magazine.
In closing the summer, we can reflect on a great year with anticipation of the excitement yet to come!
Shawn Buckley is the Executive Director at Sheridan Travel and Tourism