Town of Ranchester celebrates the Fourth of July

(Ranchester, Wyo.) — Throughout the afternoon and evening, the Town of Ranchester will be celebrating the Fourth of July Americana-style with barbecue, fire truck rides, a seed-spitting contest and fireworks.

Each year, the Town hosts a casual celebration in Connor Battlefield State Park. Today, volunteers with the Tongue River Volunteer Fire Department are giving fire truck rides on one of the department's oldest 1940s-era rigs, and Town employees are supervising seed-spitting contests, a wife-carrying contest and more.

Later this evening, Gary Small & the Coyote Brothers will perform in the park. The fireworks begin at 9 p.m., and last around a half hour. They will be set by hand from the baseball field at the elementary school, and town employees say the frontage road along I-90 fills up an hour or so before the show.