Hogadon 'Tune-Up' Day celebrates 25 years

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hogadon “Tune-Up” Day, volunteers held a party at the Casper Mountain resort Saturday instead of getting it ready for the upcoming ski season.

People gather at the Hogadon Basin Ski Area lodge to celebrate the 25th Hogadon "Tune-Up" Day in Casper, Wyo. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

“It’s a celebration for sponsors and volunteers and for the public,” Hogadon “Tune-Up” Day founder Marty Brammer said. “It’s just a thank you to everybody who’s helped over the last 24 years.”

There was free food, drink and live music at the Hogadon Basin Ski Area lodge.

Brammer said the past 24 years, volunteers would help fix, repaint, cut branches, pick up trash and more at Hogadon on the third Saturday of September. He felt this one should be different to celebrate 25 years.

He said he started Hogadon “Tune-Up” Day in 1995 to honor his late friend who he used to ski with up on Casper Mountain. He wanted to give back to the place where he had so many great memories.

“I wanted to give something back to the community, to Hogadon, and so I decided to take Adopt-a-Highway and put it to adopt-a-ski area,” Brammer said.

He takes pride in making it a better place for skiers the past 25 years.

“Whatever it takes to make this a pristine experience for people who have been up here for their whole lives or people who come up for the first time ever, we want Hogadon to be something memorable for them and something they’ll remember and they'll want to come back to,” Brammer said.

He said volunteers will go back to fixing-up Hogadon next year.