​Wonderful, entertaining, and one-of-a-kind exhibits featuring the animals of the Rocky Mountains!

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We are accepting applications! Apply to be a vendor, exhibitor or presenter today!

The Rocky Mountain Raptor Programs is a Fort Collins based 501(c)3 non-profit that works in the northeastern Colorado and Southeastern Wyoming region to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured birds of prey and provide educational opportunities to thousands of community members. Seeing over 300 injured individuals each year, the RMRP provides any necessary treatment and care to recover injured eagles, owls, hawks, falcons, and vultures to our natural world, supporting a healthy and balanced ecosystem. Non releasable ambassadors bring the joy and wonder of wild raptors up close to people of all ages through educational opportunities at schools, libraries, and other public venues. Public support helps provide for the care of the patients and ambassadors and has allowed the RMRP to serve the region for more than 30 years. 
Come out and see live animals with the Raptor Foundation. Their exhibits also include Raptor Themed merchandise, including: t shirts, hats, stuffed animals, books, jewelry, photo cards

Rocky Mountain Raptor Presentation: Rocky Mountain Raptors will also be giving a presentation, “Radical Raptors”, by Jessica Miller. Radical Raptors presentation will be on what Rocky Mountain Raptor Program does, bring out the raptors and introduce them, talk about their histories, what threats and challenges raptors face in the world and how community members can help support them in daily life.


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

Join Eternal Hope Equestrian Centre at the Higher Ground Fair and meet the three dappled amigos from Colorado, Jet, Pike and Maverick. All three horses are remarkable, from saving an unknown number of lives and working hard with the Amish to winning countless championships across the United States and Canada. Christy Staab and Shandy Staab-Daubert are 3rd and 4th generation professional equine handlers. They endeavor to blend the wisdom of old tried and true equine training techniques with modern methods and theologies. Much attention is given to the emotional and physical well-being of their equine partners. The relationship they and their horses share is one of mutual respect, trust and ultimately love.

Draft Horse Exhibit:

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

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


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.


Alexa Metrick is the editor of Pack Animal Magazine, a quarterly full-color print publication for those who enjoy exploring the great outdoors with the help of pack animals. She grew up packing with llamas in Carbondale, Colorado and is the webmaster for the family business, a line of pack equipment called Sopris Unlimited. Alexa was a co-organizer of the 2011 Pack Llama Festival in Silverton, Colorado and is a member of the Leadville Trail 100's Hopeless Crew at Hope Pass.

Visit the Pack Animal booth to learn how you can outsource your backpack to a pack animal that will help you hike further, stay longer, and forgo counting ounces. There is a perfect pack animal for every backcountry trip; let us help you find it.

Alexa will be demonstrating how to saddle a llama at the Higher Ground Fair and will be happy to answer your questions about backcountry packing with everything from llamas and goats to camels and yaks. 

Pack Animal Exhibit:

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

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


Jackie and Scott Taylor run a full working farm growing veggies and fruits naturally from seed to jars. Have jams, jellies, relishes, chickens for heritage eggs, goats for dairy and meat. All of their animals help keep the natural balance of being a good steward of our land. Learn about what it takes to run a small but thriving farm using sustainable practices at their presentation and interact with some of their goats at their vendor booth!

Goat Exhibit:

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

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


Brenda Winters runs a cashmere goat farm in Laramie, Wyoming. Come out and meet some of her friendly, funny, and cuddly goats at the fair this year. Brenda will also have vendor booths in our marketplaces. 

Goat Exhibit:

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

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


The use of dogs in search and rescue is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. Dedicated handlers and well-trained dogs are required for the use of dogs to be effective in search efforts. Search and rescue dogs are typically worked, by a small team on foot.

Search and Rescue Dog Exhibit:

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

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

Join team members from Rockin' E Dog Training and Consulting, and the Alliance of Therapy Dogs for a fun exhibit to meet and play with Therapy Dogs!Do you ever wonder what the difference is between a Therapy dog and a Service dog? Well at the Higher Ground Fair’s Therapy dog tent you can learn the difference between the two and what it takes for a dog to become a certified Therapy dog! You can speak with a variety of different Therapy dog teams from different areas across the six rocky mountain states! This is a perfect chance to learn their stories and meet all the different kind of dogs that can become a Therapy dog!

Therapy Dogs Exhibit:

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

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


4‑H is delivered by Cooperative Extension—a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. For more than 100 years, 4‑H has welcomed young people of all beliefs and backgrounds, giving kids a voice to express who they are and how they make their lives and communities better. Through life-changing 4‑H programs, nearly six million kids have taken on critical societal issues, such as addressing community health inequities, engaging in civil discourse and advocating for equity and inclusion for all.

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The Higher Ground Fair celebrates rural Rocky Mountain living - the traditional to the innovative - with the goal of a better future for all of us. The organizers have a commitment to find, showcase and promote music, agriculture, art, culture, and food from the six Rocky Mountain states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and the Native First Nations that also call this region home. The fair is brought to you by and benefits the nonprofit work of Feeding Laramie Valley and Action Resources International.

dates & hours

Planning a safe and accessible 5th Higher Ground Fair September 18 & 19, 2021


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Mailing Address

PO Box 536

Laramie, WY 82073


968 N 9th St

Laramie, WY 82072

fair location:

Wyoming State Historical Site

975 Snowy Range Rd.

Laramie, WY 82070

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