College, WYO Rodeo partner to re-open AgriPark

College President Dr. Walt Tribley, left, and WYO Rodeo President Billy Craft, right, have announced the re-opening of Sheridan College's Agri-Park. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan College and the Sheridan WYO Rodeo board have partnered to re-open the college’s AgriPark to the public.

The facility north of Sheridan has been closed to the public since July 2 following budget cuts in the wake of a statewide fiscal crisis for Wyoming’s community colleges.

The partnership and the re-opening of the Agri-Park were announced late Monday. Billy Craft, president and CEO of the WYO Rodeo board, said fees for using the facility will remain the same as they were during the 2019-20 academic year.

Craft said Monday was a great day.

Craft said the partnership has been primarily driven by the youth of the community. He credited Zane Garstad, WYO board vice president, for coming up with the idea for re-opening the Agri-Park, and he added the college has been great to work with.

Dr. Walt Tribley, president of the Northern Wyoming Community College District, which operates Sheridan College, said the district is very pleased with the arrangement.

Craft said the new agreement ends June 30 of this year, but he foresees the potential of an ongoing partnership.

Individual, small group and event rentals will be available. The Sheridan College rodeo teams will continue to practice in the facility, and other events will be scheduled around their use.

In addition, all current public health guidelines will be followed, and there will be limits on certain activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information will be made available within the next week online at www.sheridan.edu/agripark.



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