Community In Action

The Alcova/Bates Hole community that I grew up in is a remarkable place.  Not just because it’s probably one of the most beautiful spots in the country but mostly because of the people who live there.


The majority of the families that live and work there have been friends and neighbors for generations, some even 4 or 5 generations.  The roots run deep.


They help each other out.  It’s just what they do.  They help each other brand calves in the spring and ship calves in the fall.  They bring each others strays home and fix each other’s fences.  They help each other dig out after snowstorms.  They celebrate births and weddings together.  And they do what they can to help when times are tough.


And when someone gets sick or hurt, well then, it’s all hands on deck.  Because when you’re a farmer or a rancher there is no such thing as being able to call in sick.

Our friends and neighbors, Tom and Rita Haygood and their children, Tom, Michelle, Kim and Wes, are 3rd and 4th generation ranchers in Bates Hole.


A couple of weeks ago, Tom was diagnosed with a very serious illness and has been transferred to St. Josephs Hospital in Phoenix AZ to wait for a lung transplant.

The community has banded together, once again, to help the Haygood family with medical and travel expenses.  The Bates Hole Community, Alcova Community Foundation and the Wyoming Women in Ag are sponsoring two fundraising events that you won’t want to miss.

My sisters were involved in the planning and they know how to throw a party…..they had lots of practice in high school…..

Dance and Auction

Saturday, February 9th

7:00 – 10:00 pm

@ The Yellowstone Garage

355 W. Yellowstone Hwy Casper

Minimum donation of $10 per person

12 and under free

Doors open at 6:30pm

Auction begins at 8:00pm

Auction items include:

One day guided float trip from the North Platte Lodge

 A four-person non-guided bird hunt provided by Crazy Rainbow

 One on One roping clinic for 2, with World Champion Team Roper Jhett Johnson and Justin Johnson

 2 year old Red Roan Quarter Horse Stud Colt, papered

Cattle Hauling – 200 mile radius – by Wally Burnett

Two Saddles

½ Beef

 Hand Tooled Purse and Wallet

 2 ton of 3rd Cutting Alfalfa Hay

 Handmade Wood Lamp

 204 Savage Rifle

 Custom made Bit

 Custom made knives

 Butcher Lamb

 Wyoming Whiskey

 Remington model 700/270 Winchester Mag Rifle

 Gift Certificates

X Box 360

 Clinton Anderson DVD set

  Saddle Pads

 Saddle Pad signed by George Straight

 Stained Glass

 Head Stall and Bit

 Rope baskets, jewelry, western art work

 And much more!

An Evening of Cowboy Poetry and Music with Andy Nelson, Clear out West Radio Host and Trinity Seely

Saturday Feb 16th

Alcova School Gym

 Doors open at 5:30pm

Spaghetti Supper at 6:00pm

Followed by stories, music and an auction of homemade baked goods

and other items

Minimum donation of $10 per person

12 and under free

 Come if you can, to one or both events.  It will be a lot of fun with a great group of people, to help out a really great, hardworking family.  It’s what community is all about.

 If you are unable to attend but would like to make a contribution you can send donations to:  Wyoming Women in Ag, 18400 Hwy 487, Casper WY 82604, with Haygood in the memo.

 For questions or more information please contact:

Casey Price @ 307-267-1505

Kim Furnival @ 307-267- 7909

 If you’re in Wyoming please feel free to spread the word about these events.

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3 Responses to Community In Action

  1. grannydeer says:

    Sounds wonderful.
    I’ll share and get the word out.

    You are awesome!

  2. grannydeer says:

    Sounds like a wonderful effort for a great cause.

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