Spring is in the air. Temperatures are rising — albeit slowly — and the hours of daylight are growing.
Sure, we’re just about guaranteed to have at least a couple more spring snow storms, but thoughts are already wandering to family vacations, activities for kids and events like the Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo.
Some area residents can be heard saying there is nothing to do in Sheridan. Those who believe that are not looking hard enough, especially in the summer months.
As you start penciling in your summer schedule, be sure to make room for the community’s signature events like the rodeo, Sheridan County Fair, Third Thursday Street Festivals, farmers markets, concerts in the park and more.
Recreation opportunities are available for children and adults alike through the local recreation districts. Sheridan’s, for example, always has a big turnout for the adult softball leagues.
But there are opportunities elsewhere, too, if you know where to look.
April 5, the Sheridan YMCA will host their annual sign-up for summer camps. The nonprofit organization offers camps for kids of varying ages that focus on everything from outdoor adventures and theater, to science and backpacking. For kids too old to participate, job openings exist for camp counselors.
Sheridan College, too, hosts several classes and events at the Spear-O-Wigwam mountain campus in the Bighorns. They’ll offer a wilderness first responder course, hiking and wildflower classes, a women’s pack trip and introductory courses to activities like canoeing and rock climbing.
There is no excuse to be bored this summer.
Local supporters of the arts are also working to create a theater festival this summer. Plans exist to create a couple weeks of activities surrounding the industry, including workshops, shows and other events.
This festival has the potential to be a huge draw to the Sheridan area for those who once considered Sheridan just a stopover on the way to Yellowstone.
Plus, the county museum, Trail End State Historic Site, Fort Phil Kearny, the Ucross Foundation and The Brinton Museum are not just spots for tourists. These organizations are constantly changing exhibits and upping their games to keep locals interested as well.
You can’t forget the lineup or artists planned for the Trails End Concert Park either. Country fans especially will be lining North Main Street when Big Horn Country USA comes to town with talent like Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert, Joe Nichols, Lady Antebellum and others in June.
So as you dream of sunshine, trips to the lake or hikes in the mountains, remember to catch some of these signature events. They are what make Sheridan unique.