Sweetwater County, WY (5/14/19) – The Sweetwater County Historical Fair’s annual History Fair kicked off Tuesday morning with grade school students from Desert View and Overland Elementary Schools in Rock Springs and Washington Elementary School in Green River.
This year’s Fair runs until Friday, May 17, at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum on Flaming Gorge Way and at Centennial Park in Green River, across from the County Courthouse.
The Fair is a production of the Sweetwater County Museum, staged in cooperation with Sweetwater County School Districts #1 and #2. Nearly every third-grader in the county attends, and attendance this year is estimated at 800 children.
At the Museum on Tuesday, students toured the museum guided by museum staff and studied exhibits on a broad variety of subjects, including native peoples, mining, ranching, the mountain man era, the Pony Express, and the John Wesley Powell expeditions of 1869 and 1871.
Following their museum tour, at Centennial Park, the students participated in hands-on activities presented by volunteers and museum staff. Topics included Native Americans, mountain men, mining, and ranching.
County Museum Director Brie Blasi expressed her thanks to the teachers who accompanied the students, and particularly to the event’s volunteers. “It wouldn’t be possible without them,” she said, “and we’re very grateful.”