Established in 1967, the Wyoming State Winter Fair continues to promote business communities as well as highlight goods and services from artisans and businesses throughout Wyoming. The Winter Fair gives Wyomingites a much needed break from the winter boredom and cabin fever that many experience during the long, cold Wyoming winter months.
On January 30, 1968, Wyoming Governor Stanley K Hathaway signed the following proclamation, creating the first Wyoming State Winter Fair:
“WHEREAS, the hardy people of Wyoming for generations past have observed the winter season as the time for festivity, recreation and relaxed enjoyment of the treasures of life, a time to renew friendships and make new acquaintances; and
WHEREAS, winter chores leave time for fun and frolic;
WHEREAS, the people of Fremont County, taking note of the need for notifying the rest of their friends of the wonders of Wyoming, the produce of their county and the enterprise of their citizenry and the benefit of their climate have initiated a mid-winter show of stock and trade, during which the rancher and farmer and the retail merchant and the consuming public shall take time to broaden their understanding of each other’s endeavor and to find opportunity for mutual progress and profits;
NOW, THERFORE, in the spirit of a pioneer holiday, I, STANLEY K. HATHAWAY, Governor of the State of Wyoming, do hereby proclaim the gathering of the fold at Lander on Thursday through Sunday, February 15 through 18, 1968, during the First Wyoming State Winter Fair.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Wyoming to be affixed this 30th Day of January 1968.