Editor Steph Scarcliff offers a sneak peek inside the May / June Summer Issue

As I sit down to write this note, it’s mid-May aaaannd it’s snowing. But summer’s coming. I can feel it. I’m practically willing it into fruition. School’s nearly out, and I can almost hear the mountains calling. I’m not alone. OC staffers are busy planning summer road trips and plotting out all the best camping spots to hit.   

For this sunny summer issue (get excited!), we’ve partnered with some pretty remarkable people, innovative minds shaping Gillette’s summer scene, including Donkey Creek Festival Board of Directors Chairman Jennifer Toscana, Campbell County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Mary Silvernell, Campbell County Fair Coordinator Bobbi Jo Heald and Area 59 Executive Director Guy Jackson, among others.

With their help, a little guidance and feedback from our contributors and a few of our closest friends and influencers on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, we’ve been able to pull together a Gillette summer to-do list for the ages. On it, you’ll find some of the hottest — and cheapest — local happenings and daytrip destinations within reach. You’ll meet the bands making their way to this year’s DCF stage, and up-and-coming entertainers who always seem to know just how to party. You’ll learn “What We’re Reading” right now (and should totally be on your summer reading list).

Inside, we share some fun ways to take your backyard BBQ game up a notch like how to top your hot dog. We give you a first glance at the Gillette College Student Veteran’s Association’s second-annual Oscar Mike Ruck March for PTSD awareness (flip back two pages), and invite you, your family and your business to show support. We also take you behind-the-scenes at Wyoming’s largest makerspace, Area 59, for an inside scoop on individual membership with member Jim Perchard.

Don’t miss the business profile on Mrs. C’s Catering, “Takin’ it to the Streets,” where self-taught chef and co-owner Carrie Sieh tells us what’s cooking in her bright orange food truck.

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It’s all in here! The good news? It’s always free, thanks to the awesome advertisers you’ll also find inside, local businesses and organizations who help support this small but mighty hometown magazine. To you, our readers, big ups and happy summer. Thank you for picking us up, reading along and following us online.

By: Stephanie L. Scarcliff

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