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EWC prepares for Sagebrush and Roses

January 21, 2018 GMT

TORRINGTON — Eastern Wyoming College’s agricultural department is preparing for its annual Sagebrush and Roses fundraiser on Jan. 27 at the Rendevzous Center.

“We have 400 attendees usually,” EWC Director of Institutional Development John Hansen said. “It’s one of the largest social events in the county every year.”

“Everybody looks forward to this,” agriculture instructor Kaitlyn Steben said. “If we don’t get tickets out on time, people are knocking on the door, wondering if they can get a ticket.”

The meal this year will be a choice between pecanwood smoked bacon-wrapped filet mignon or sweet and spicy honey-glazed salmon with jumbo shrimp.

This year’s dance will once again feature Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers, a Wyoming country band.

“Most of them have ties to EWC,” Steben said. “A couple of them are EWC grads. It’s nice to have them back and they enjoy coming back to play because they know so many people in the area.”

This year’s Sagebrush and Roses will also include an auction, where they will be auctioning a donated shotgun and a Crown Royal quilt made by EWC President Dr. Lesley Travers.

The money is used to support EWC’s ag program, livestock judging team, and two ag scholarships,

The college is also raising funds for a $7.9 million agricultural technology building, called ATEC, on the north campus.

“We have a $1.2 million gap to close, so that’s what we’re fundraising for right now,” Hansen said.

ATEC will be the first time EWC’s agriculture department has a designated building.

“The ag department doesn’t really have a home right now,” Steben said. “We don’t have a building, we just go wherever we can find room. This will give all of us in the ag department a place to call home and have our designated labs designed for our use.”

Hansen said the building will expand the college’s ability to teach ag.

“In order for us to really prepare students, to make them industry-ready, we need to add agronomy, more soil science and plant science,” he said. The building will also allow the department to spread out into other ag-related classes in the future.

The fundraiser also supports the livestock judging and showing teams.

“Pretty much all of their contests are out of state, so they do a lot of traveling,” Steben said. “They’ll do workouts leading up to the contest date, so they’re gone typically 5-6 days at a time.”

Tickets are still available for $75 at (307)532-8397.