Fair board to boost recycling efforts

SHERIDAN — Enjoying the fair or Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds often means enjoying food and beverages, too. And that means empty containers at the end of the night that the fair board hopes will end up in recycling rather than the landfill.

At its re-scheduled meeting Wednesday night, the fair board heard from city recycling staff about increasing recycling presence during major events.

“An agreement was made to bring more containers up, and it was generally agreed that they would be a permanent presence up here,” fairgrounds Executive Director Jaime Ringley said.

The fair board also heard from the Big Horn Equestrian Association, which presented a plan to revitalize its equestrian program on land near the gun club. The equestrian association was active from 1978 to 2000 Ringley said. It has been dormant for the last decade but is ready to ride again.

Former club members want to partner with the Sheridan County Fair Association to revitalize membership, recruit new members and recondition jumps in order to preserve the area for equestrian riding and jumping. The project is embryonic right now, Ringley said, but should develop over the next several months.

In other business, the fair board approved the purchase of a new dumping trailer for $6,000 to $9,000. The board also approved its final budget review for fiscal year 2013-2014. Ringley said revenues will equal expenditures at $498,750, which is $100 more than last year’s budget.

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Hannah Wiest is the government and outdoors reporter for The Sheridan Press. She has lived in Colorado and Montana but loves her sunny home state of Wyoming best. She joined The Press staff in February 2013.

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