ON THE CALENDAR: July 12, 2013




Laramie’s hometown celebration is happening NOW, and we’re THRILLED at WLM! It’s one of our favorite times of year! Rodeos, street dances, parades, pancake breakfasts, carnivals — OH MY! Click here for the schedule of events from LJD & Downtown Laramie.

Check out our look at the Laramie Brew Fest — happening July 13 at the Train Depot all afternoon…


Sheridan’s huge, annual rodeo event is happening right now! We’re looking for your pictures — post on our Facebook page, tweet at us (@wyolifestylemag), email at editor@wyolifestyle.com, or tag us on Instagram with #wyolifestylemag! (And be sure you’re following us on Instagram @wyolifestylemag so you can share and see the latest from around WY!) Visit Sheridan WYO Rodeo’s website for schedule & details!

image by Dawn Ballou


Tons of mountain man & Native American fun has been taking place in Pinedale this week, and the fun continues through the weekend! Visit their website for a calendar of events!


The Grand Teton Music Festival may be wrapping up this weekend, but there are LOTS of other fabulous concerts and open rehearsals happening throughout the summer! Visit their website for more information…

SOUTH PASS CITY: Gold Rush Days, July 13-14

Experience South Pass City State Historic Site as the residents did during the boom years during Gold Rush Days July 13-14.

Gold Rush Days is a fun, family weekend that features a variety of events and activities, including a vintage baseball game pitting rivals South Pass City, Riverton, Hudson and 2012 defending champion Lander.

Try not to catch gold fever as you spin a gold pan.  See how news was spread as printer Mike Parker sets type on a turn of the century printing press.  See blacksmiths art first hand with Dave Osmundsen and walk away with a square nail ready for a horse shoe.  Then listen to the sweet tones of the Pushroot Rangers.  Enjoy food and refreshments; mining demonstrations, and much more.

One of the favorite events is anvil blasting or anvil shooting, as some call it. It was a way miners celebrated big events.  Two anvils are set one on top of the other, the cavity in the bottom of the anvil is filled with blasting powder and detonated. Miners used blasting powder every day to break up the rock in the mines, but on special days they would use the same blasting powder to shoot anvils.  Historically they would have had competitions between miners to see who could get the most height and boom as well.

Activities start at 9 a.m. each day. Admission is $3 for adults and children. Children six and under are free. South Pass City is located 32 miles south and west of Lander on Highway 28. For more information call 307-332-3684 or email jellis@state.wy.us., www.southpasscity.com

Activities:   (click here for the full schedule)

Smithing Demonstration With David Osmundsen, Buffalo WY. By the Carr Butcher Shop. Saturday-Sunday

Gold Panning at the Price St. Bridge.  Saturday-Sunday

The Atlantic City Strum Lords at the Ervin Store. 11:00 to 3:00—Saturday

Wagon & Buggy Rides At the Sherlock Barn. Saturday-Sunday

Anvil Blasting—KA BOOOM! On the hour At Price Street Bridge. Saturday-Sunday

Pony Express Demo At the Jail. 1:30 & 3:30 Saturday & Sunday. National Pony Express Association

Kids Games At Price Street Bridge. Saturday-Sunday

Friends of South Pass Bake Sale at the Restaurant.  Saturday-Sunday

Letter Press Printing with Mike Parker, from Powell WY at the South Pass Hotel Lobby. Saturday-Sunday

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & LEMONADE by Wyoming Smoke House. At the Ball Field. Saturday-Sunday

Cookie Baking in a Wood Stove at the back entrance of the Sherlock House. Saturday-Sunday

Historic  Mining Demos at the Price Street Bridge. 2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Stamp Mill Demonstrations at the Wolverine Adit. Saturday-Sunday

Quilt Exhibition Lander Quilters at the Libby Cabin & the Sweetwater County Jail. Saturday-Sunday

Friends of South Pass Membership Tablemat the South Pass Hotel. Saturday-Sunday

Book signing South Pass and The Sweetwater Mines With authors Jon Lane & Susan Layman. Saturday 1-2 pm

South Pass image by Jennie Hutchinson



Travel hounds seeking a cultural experience need look no further than Rock Springs, Wyo.’s, International Day, July 14 in Bunning Park.

Rock Springs, nicknamed the “Home of 56 Nationalities,” hosts the free event, which celebrates the rich and diverse cultural heritage in Sweetwater County. It is the only ethnic festival of its kind in Wyoming, so visitors won’t want to miss it! This year’s 14th annual festival features a wide range of local, regional, and international entertainment, activities for kids, exotic foods and unique vendor items.

Performers from various parts of the world provide a smorgasbord of music and dance entertainment throughout the day and include the following acts.

  • Native Dave Pedri and his EIO band kick off the festivities with polka favorites and reappear for an encore later in the evening.
  • Another local, Tony Corona will serenade guests in the park with his strolling accordion tunes.
  • International dancers of the Basque Club of Utah bring on the Basque beats.
  • The Duna Dancers represent countries around Eastern Europe’s Danube River.
  • The Zavala family of Mariachi Z invites spectators to kick up their heels with traditional Mexican folk music.
  • Zivio, an ensemble from Salt Lake City, presents a medley of movement and music from the Balkan region.
  • Finally, from Park City, Utah, the Irish rock band Swagger brings the evening to a crescendo with an energetic rug-cutting performance that promises to end the day’s festivities on a high note.For more information call the Rock Springs Chamber at 307-362-3771. (content via Sweetwater County Tourism)


Sweetwater County and the Events Complex will be hosting 1,500+ competitors from 41 US states as well as 5 Provinces in Canada and Australia for the National High School Finals Rodeo, 2012-2015.  The National High School Rodeo Finals is the largest rodeo in the world with 13 performances over 7 days.  Sweetwater County is expected to realize an economic impact of $7-$8 million each year with attendance for the 13 performances topping 100,000

If you’re planning on attending the National High School Rodeo Finals, be sure and check out their Lodging page for a full list of area hotels, motels and campgrounds. Visit the complex’s website for a schedule of events!


CFD is coming!!! This annual event, the Daddy of ‘Em All, brings visitors from throughout the globe to the state’s capitol. Visit their website for all the details — schedule, events, concerts, carnivals, pancake breakfasts, parades, and of course…RODEO!!!!!

Also happening during CFD ——–>   The Historic Plains Hotel and Good Organic Design Presents “The Trail of Arts in Wyoming”

Arts and Craft fair — July 19th through July 28th, 2013, during Cheyenne Frontier Days in the Historic Plains Hotel (1600 Central Ave. and Lincolnway,  Cheyenne, Wy.)

“The Trail of Arts in Wyoming” Arts and Crafts show in “The Plains Hotel” is to help the Wyoming arts community come together and further the awareness of “shop Local and shop US”

Hours of operations:    Saturday July 20th, Tuesday 23rd, Thursday 25th and Saturday 27th–8am to 4pm CFD Western Heritage Parades starts at 9:30am (runs right in front of the Plains on Central and Lincolnway)  Sunday July 21st—10am to 4pm

Monday July 21st, Wednesday 23rd and Friday 25th—6am to 4pm—6pm to 12pm

Free Pancake Breakfasts 7am to 9 am (is held right across from the Plains in the Depot)

 Vending space available in side the “Plains Hotel” AND at “Good Organic Design”, located across from the Plains on Central

Contact Brad Buckner (425-444-7505) or bradlbuckner@reagan.com for more information!

They are looking for sponsors and a non-profit organization to donate 10% of the vending profit to and help with setting up and running the show.  We are also looking for country musicians that would like to play acoustic sets during the shows in the front Hallway for Tips.   You can call Perry White @ 307-287-4534


Lots of western fun to be had at this great annual event! This year, Longmire fans rejoice! They’ll be incorporating a tip of the hat to WY author Craig Johnson & will feature autographed Longmire Books, bumper stickers & a Red Pony Saloon ball cap or 2 in our NDOC celebration on July 27th. Thank you to Julie @ Two Ocean Books for making all the arrangements! Visit the National Day of the Cowboy Dubois website for more info on this event!

CASPER — Casper Air Modelers Fun Fly July 26-28

Regional Fun Fly for RC Plane Enthusiasts and Spectators

Starting Friday July 26th and continuing through Sunday July 28th, Casper Air Modelers are excited to announce the 2013 Annual Fun Fly and RC Aircraft Fly In. The fly in weekend will provide a great opportunity for air modelers around the region to showcase their models, machines and skills. All ages are welcomed to attend and view model aircraft, flying demonstrations and talk with experts about radio controlled aircraft. Their will be aircraft of all types, shapes and sizes such as large scale airplanes up to 10′ wing spans, micro electric RC aircraft, electric and gas operated helicopters and everything in between. RC pilots are welcomed to attend and fly but an AMA membership is required to conform to insurance regulations. The Casper Air Modelers facility is located just north of the Casper Events Center and just west of the motocross track north of Casper. Models will be on display and flying will be done weather permitting from 8am to 8pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Visit their website for more information!

image casperairmodelers.com