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Informative, entertaining, and one-of-a-kind exhibits and demonstrations

featuring the animals of the Rocky Mountains!

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Cyndy and Cricket - When Dogs Do the Rescuing - an interactive dog tracking demonstration!

Saturday, September 16 at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 17 at 1:30 p.m.

How do dogs learn to track and help find people who are lost or missing? How did a small dog like Cricket, from humble beginnings, become part of a highly successful, certified tracking team with her human partner, Cyndy Mullings? How does tracking actually work? Join Cyndy and Cricket in the Animal Area of Higher Ground Fair at the day and times listed above, to hear their inspiring story, then set out on a tracking experience with them as they search for someone right here at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic  Site!

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Mountain Shadows Equine Revival

Mountain Shadows Equine Revival is in the process of establishing a horse rescue network between Wyoming and Northern California. With so many horses being sold by the pound in Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado to feedlots which ship the horses to Mexico for slaughter, we are on a mission to help change the face of the rescue horse! Mountain Shadows is a small scale rescue that focuses on several horses at a time. Each horse to go through the rescue receives an extensive amount of training to help ensure it will not ever be in a bad position again. 

Rescue Horses Exhibit:

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Horse Presentations and Demonstrations

Visit the special horses, listen to several short horse care and training talks throughout the weekend, and learn more about Mountain Shadows Equine Revival.  (See information at the booth for presentation times.


Nature's Educators - Raptors and Reptiles at the Higher Ground Fair!

Rocky Mountain Native Wildlife! Join Nature's Educators to meet and learn about animal ambassadors from right here in the Rocky Mountain region! Find out what they eat, where they live, their personal stories, and how we can help conserve them. (We will have a booth set up and be doing 4 25 talks daily on stage)

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Llamas and Alpacas

One of the Higher Ground Fair’s headlining events, the Llama & Alpaca Performance and Fleece Show, showcases llamas and alpacas from all over the Rocky Mountain Region.

Llama & Alpaca Shows:

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.​

Fleece & Fiber Shows:

Saturday & Sunday, All Day

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J&J Second Chance Small Holdings

J&J Second Chance Small Holdings is a family owned goat rescue based in Rock River, Wyoming. They help find animals in need, get them healthy along with vaccinations and more, and then rehome or adopt out those that they can. Their main focus is to rescue, rehab and rehome goats. They have rescued other types of animals, and currently  have Goats of five varieties, Cows, chickens, ducks, geese, dogs, cats and so much more! 



Goat-O-Rama is the small but rapidly expanding goat breeding operation belonging to Nan and Phil Hassey, who are deliberately crossing Swiss and Nubian bloodlines to bring out the best attributes of both types. The figurehead and inspiration for this great experiment is Cuzco the Wonder Goat, an Alpine/Nubian cross of outstanding conformation, size, strength, endurance, intelligence, hard-working attitude, and amazing color.

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Feeding Laramie Valley

Feeding Laramie Valley (FLV) is committed to working toward creating a sustainable and equitable food system, and promoting food security throughout the Rocky Mountain Region—especially here in Albany County in Southeast Wyoming, the community we call home.

Since our founding in 2009, we work to fulfill our mission through increased food production, access, distribution, and educational efforts that encourage community-led food sovereignty. Feeding Laramie Valley grows our own fruits and vegetables, mentors and supports backyard gardeners, develops and helps with management of community gardens, and is deeply committed to partnerships with independent farmers. We share high-quality produce with individuals and families who need it, at no charge to them, with a special focus on elders, children and people living with disabilities and chronic illness.


B.E.'s Bees

BE's Bees produces pure, raw honey and beeswax candles in Laramie, WY


Cow Creek Ranch

Cow Creek Ranch is nestled in right at the Nebraska Colorado border where they raise Yak, Angora Goats, Mangalitsa and Berkshire Pigs. They take the hair form the Angora Goats and hand craft leashes and livestock leads.

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