Ucross Set to Glow

Volunteers with Powder River Energy helped hang lights. Photo Provided
Volunteers with Powder River Energy helped hang lights. Photo Provided

A local arts foundation has come together to light up a nearby town for the holidays.

News Director Leslie Stratmoen has the story.

The little town of Ucross, Wyoming, will be all aglow tonight when the switch is flipped-on for 23,000 lights adorning the trees throughout the park there.

The Ucross Foundation is sponsoring the lighting event and plans to serve food and host activities. Organizers have also asked Senator Bruce Burns to bring in one of his fireworks shows.

I talked with Burns and the foundation's development director, Vivian Banks, during the Public Pulse show this week. We talked about the event, the town, the park and the foundation, which was founded by Raymond Plank.

Here's part of our conversation.

Saturday night's event will be held from 4-6:30, is free, and open to anyone who wants to come.

The foundation has been supporting artists from across the country for the past 30 years through its artist in residency retreat program. Books that have been written there include “Shipping News” and Eat, Pray, Love,” both of which were made into major movies.

The Park at Ucross is about 30 miles east of Sheridan.

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