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Downtown Kemmerer was as busy as ever last week getting ready for Fossilfest.
The event kicked off Friday, June 16. The Wyoming wind made an appearance, but the sunshine made it a perfect weekend for the festivities.
Kids packed Archie Neil Park and pool to play water kickball, race down the water slide, and play water gun tag in the pool.
Family fun night brought people of all ages down to Triangle Park for games, food trucks, a bounce house, a dodgeball tournament and live music.
Kids dressed up as dinosaurs to fit this year’s Jurassic Park theme. Parents and kids could play several fossil-themed games or browse items from area vendors.
Dedicated runners showed up early on Saturday morning for the Fossilfest 5K. Tia Tiller was the first to cross the finish line and claim first place.
Saturday morning was chilly, but that didn’t stop a crowd from gathering in downtown Kemmerer for the Fossilfest parade. Kemmerer and Diamondville area veterans carried the flags to lead the parade.
Kemmerer High School athletes and the KHS Cheer squad tossed candy and waved to the crowd.
The 2017 Lincoln County Queen and Princesses rode their horses down Main Street as part of the parade.
In the Float Theme category, Paws and Claws won 1st place for their “Jurassic Pets” float. South Lincoln Nursing home won 2nd place, and the Lincoln County Library won 3rd place. Tumbling with Becky won 1st place for their parade performance.
After the parade, adults competed in a cornhole tournament. Hypnotist Steve Meade performed his Comedic Hypnosis show, with several KHS students acting as his hypnotized guinea pigs.
The Miss Tiny Fossil Pageant was a big hit. Jerzie Robinson won the Miss Wee Fossil pageant for the younger girls, with Teagan Rudy as runner-up.
Robinson won over the judges with a somersault as her talent. She said she wanted to be a police officer when she grows up.
Anessa Bowen, the winner of the Miss Tiny Fossil Hula-hooped while singing a song from Disney’s ‘Moana.’
Miss Tiny Fossil runner-up Raelee Christensen danced to “I Can Make your Hands Clap.”
Tumbling with Becky and several age groups from the Fossilfest Dance Clinic then performed on the Triangle Park stage to cheers from the crowd.
Saturday afternoon’s water fight pitted several teams against each other, with several all-female teams .
Team members donned firefighter helmets, tried to control the giant fire hoses, and everyone got good and soaked.
The water fight’s winning team was made up of members Scott Benson, Branden Theule and Charles Wagner.
Saturday night closed out with performances by Hearts of Steele and Jagertown, and another Fossilfest was in the books.
Special thanks to the Fossilfest board and all who helped make the annual event a success.
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