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Trails Center Takes First Place in Equestrian Division

National Historic Trails Center employees and volunteers in the Natrona County Fair parade.

George Ahern (NHTIC volunteer), Dick Garrison (wagon owner), Bill Sinnard, Butch Garrison, Lennie & Jeremy Herrick, & Rachel Judy (NHTIC volunteer). George & Dick were the original volunteers for the parade.

The Natrona County Fair Parade, held July 10, 2007, proved to be an exciting time for the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) of Casper, Wyo.

NHTIC submitted their first entries into the Natrona County Fair Parade, an original U.S Army Escort (covered) wagon and a Stove Wagon (or tag wagon), dating from the 1600s to the 1900s.

Gayle Irwin, NHTIC Volunteer Coordinator, was thrilled to learn their entry, of the 150 others, won first place in the equestrian division of the parade. 

George Ahern, a NHTIC volunteer and re-enactor, hoped to make this year a little extra special for the Center with the help of his friend Dick Garrison. Ahern approached Garrison with the idea of entering his wagons in the Natrona County Fair Parade on behalf of the NHTIC. Garrison not only embraced the idea, he hung banners along the wagon sides announcing the upcoming celebration of the NHTIC 5th year anniversary held August 9, 10, and 11th.  

Nostalgic parade-goers enjoyed a bit of American history as wagons and riders, dressed in authentic-style clothing, passed by. Ahern felt that the Center’s float was well-liked and received a good response from the public.  

Ahern, Garrison and friend Bill Sinnard, are also members of the Fort Phil Regulars and Troop C 3rd Cavalry. Troop C 3rd Cavalry does re-enactments each year for Fort Phil Kearny and other historic sites and trails. Ahern said, “We enjoy portraying living history events and welcome others to join us.” Ahern hopes they will be able to recruit enough interested people so they can form a color guard.

Lions Club treated the first place winners to dinner. Ahern and Garrison were awarded a plaque and photo, now on display at the NHTIC to commemorate the event. 

Gayle Irwin praised the volunteers of the NHTIC and all those that participated in the parade. When speaking of the Center’s volunteers, Irwin said, “they did do a tremendous job for us and we are very grateful for them taking on the parade as an extra duty.” 

Last updated: 05-13-2008