Casper Troopers marching in front of Rodeo Fairground Stands. Undated photo, circa 1960s. (Courtesy Frances Seely Webb Collection, Casper College Western History Center)

The fair has a long history in Casper, dating back to 1904 according to the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo’s website.

The first rodeo event is believed to be held around 1914. The fair had no permanent home home for years and took place at various locations until the current fairgrounds location was purchased in 1947. The area was on the outskirts of town at the time, but new neighborhoods soon popped up as the post-war boom took hold.

The facilities and events have grown over the years to what Casper residents have grown to expect every summer.


Crowds soak in the action at the Central Wyoming Rodeo on Thursday, July 13, at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds in Casper. According to the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo’s website, Casper’s first fair on record was held in 1904. The current fairgrounds were purchased in 1947. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)


Vintage flyer for “Central Wyoming Fair & Nite Rodeo”, 1965. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)


Back of flyer 1965 rodeo ticket. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)