UCROSS — The Ucross Foundation announced this week that it will not be putting on an Independence Day fireworks event this summer.
According to the press release, last July the foundation had made all the preparations for the fireworks, but was forced to cancel them two days beforehand, due to the severe fire dangers in the area. The Cato Fire had skirted the edge of the Ucross Ranch and serious fire hazards continued all summer at Ucross and throughout the region.
“There was a lot of discussion about this year and it was a tough call,” Ucross President Sharon Dynak said in the release. “We realize it has been a very popular event, and we are grateful for all the support the community has shown. We hope to see everyone at different activities at Ucross during the year, and that fireworks enthusiasts will enjoy the other celebrations in the area, such as the Equestrian Center’s fantastic show at Big Horn.”
Ucross events that are planned for the summer will include an art exhibition “The Sporting Life” by acclaimed artist John Hull. The exhibit will feature paintings of small town rodeos, baseball, football and horse-racing.
“In addition, we are currently planning an open house at Ucross to take place in mid-August,” Dynak said. “Community members will be invited to visit nationally known artists and writers in their private work studios. The residency program is marking its 30th anniversary in August and open studios would be a first-time opportunity for the community.
“At the new Raymond Plank Center, guests will have a chance to meet and talk with participants in a new project, the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative, which will include a team from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies,” Dynak added.