A couple of weeks ago, the Sheridan Recreation District had the opportunity to partner with the Sheridan Community Land Trust for the Trail Fest event at Red Grade Trails. It was great to be able to use our registration system to contribute to such a great event. Overall, I think the event had a good turnout, had awesome vendors and really cool events going on that morning.

Over Labor Day weekend, my wife Kelli and I went up to Bozeman and Big Sky, Montana. I had signed up for The Rut 50k several months ago, and though I am not in the best shape I have ever been in, we figured I had already paid and we might as well give it a go. The course was super hard and I ended up dropping out of the race about 20 miles in, but what I paid attention to was the atmosphere and culture of the event.

I might be biased, but I much preferred the atmosphere and culture of the Bighorn Mountain Wild and Scenic Trail Run weekend. Our local event seems to have so much community support. Check-in at Black Tooth Brewing Company the night before the race is welcoming and a great way to interact with runners from all over. The aid stations during the race are fun, encouraging and well thought out, and hanging out in the park in Dayton following the races is a blast.

The more I travel to participate in events in our region, the more appreciation I have for what our community offers. A person can truly have great outdoor recreation experiences staying right here at home.

I would like to thank all of the lifeguards and swim instructors who worked at Kendrick Pool, the scoopers at the ice cream stand, all of our umpires for adult and youth softball and baseball, concessions workers and our seasonal parks maintenance crew for giving us such a successful summer season.

The Sheridan Recreation District has officially transitioned into fall programs. Little Guy football is two weeks into its game schedule. Some of you may have noticed we have removed the vast majority of the bleachers from Dan Madia Field. As we work toward establishing new seating, please feel free to bring your own lawn chairs. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Registration started this week for women’s league volleyball and registration for men’s league basketball starts at the end of this month. These are great programs that allow players to stay active even as we head into colder months and start losing sunlight. We hope to see your team signed up.

The second annual fall classic cornhole shootout will take place at Black Tooth Brewing Co. Sept. 21. Sign up your team of two at the Sheridan Recreation District.

Summer is a wonderful season in Sheridan, but I am looking forward to fall. I love fall weather, home football games and of course the cross-country running season. No matter what your favorite activities are, I hope you find something you like to do in the fall, too.

Seth Ulvestad is executive director of Sheridan Recreation District.