ON THE CALENDAR: Fourth of July Around Wyoming


image by Rob McIntosh

FORT LARAMIE:  Old Fashioned Fun on the Fourth

Our current issue profiles the fun to be had at Fort Laramie this Fourth of July! All day long, enjoy history, fun & games — visit our current issue for more details! CLICK HERE

CODY:  94th Annual Cody Stampede

Cody’s major event of the year with rodeos, parades, fireworks and family entertainment.

7:00 a.m. Cody Runner’s Stampede
5K walk, 5K & 10K run—begins at Recreation Center
9:30 a.m. Stampede Parade – Cowboys, Indians & Thieves (Mainstreet) 2013 Theme – Cowboys, Indians, Lawmen, and Thieves! 2013 Grand Marshal is Craig Johnson author of the Longmeir book series that has been made in to an A&E TV show.
10–5 p.m. Wild West Extravaganza
Arts, Craft & Food Show (City Park)
11–1 p.m. Elk’s Lunch
(BBQ Beef Sandwiches, Potato Salad, Baked Beans, Coleslaw) $6.00
11–2 p.m. BBQ at Eagles Lodge (Public Welcome)
11–4 p.m. VFW Display of Guns, Vietnam
11–4 p.m. VFW WWII Memorabilia & BBQ Burgers,
Brats & Dogs with Fixings $5.00
12:00 p.m Freedom Bell Ceremony VFW Post
1–4 p.m. Entertainment
5:00 p.m. Cody Stampede PRCA Rodeo
Gates open @ 3:00 (Stampede Park on Cody’s West Strip)
10:00 p.m. Fireworks—Cody Skylighters

City Park
12:00 Stomp & Company 1:00 Triple C Cowboys
2:00 Sid Hausman 2:30 Wilson Family Band
3:30 Cimarron 4:30 Susan Parks
4:30 Dennis Jay

Wild West Extravaganza – To get a booth for this craft fair located next to City Park, please contact Becky Kinkade at 307-578-7040.

LARAMIE:  Freedom Has a Birthday

Laramie’s annual Fourth of July celebration draws thousands to Washington Park, all day long! Beginning at 9:30 AM, enjoy live music, food, lots of people and a great time to be had by all!

DUBOIS:  “Hats Off to America” Theme for Dubois Fourth of July Parade

The Dubois parade is unique with its spectacular scenery as the backdrop to this charming western town.

With all the 4th of July parades going on, it’s difficult to decide where to go. The Dubois parade is unique with its spectacular scenery as the backdrop to this charming western town. It includes just about every group of folks who live and work in Dubois as well as the town’s past and present. It is diverse and includes the dude ranching culture as well as the schools, churches, civic organizations, local groups and clubs. Below are events for the Fourth of July and the days adjacent:
Schedule of events:July 3–National Bighorn Sheep Center 20th Birthday Party – FREE “BRAT”LUNCH @noon (till food is gone). 307-455-3429July 3 – Boot Scootin’ Into Summer with Jan Marrou 6:30 p.m  at The Rustic Pine 307-455-2430July 4 – Kiwanis Kid’s Games in City Park -11 a.m. 307-455-2269.July 4 – Parade – 2 P.M. Starts at Town Park. THEME: “Hats Off To America” 307-455-2556

July 4 –Cub Scout’s Annual “Ducky” Race in Horse Creek (After the parade.)

July 4 – Fireworks at dusk.

July 5 – Rodeo – 8 P.M. Clarence Allison Memorial Arena.  307-262-6094

July 6- Rodeo – 8 P.M. Clarence Allison Memorial Arena.  307-262-6094

July 7 – Dubois Chamber of Commerce Chicken BBQ at Town Park. 4-8 p.m. 307-455-2556 or 307-455-3320 $12. Local entertainment.

CASPER:  Casper Events Center Hosts Fourth of July Event

Good Morning Tonight 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Another Lost Year 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Jalan Crossland 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Aquile 8:45pm – 10:00pm

The BIG FIREWORKS SHOW IN THE SKY will start at approximately 10:00 pm. The Official Fireworks Festival soundtrack will be broadcasted on 104.7 KISS-FM, 107.9 The River, K2 Radio, Rock 96.7, My Country 95.5, and AM 1400, ESPN Radio – all Townsquare Media Stations.

Pursuant to City Park regulations, no glass containers and no alcohol will be permitted to be carried onto the premises. Coolers, food and beverages are permitted. The beer garden will have a service area available. Must be 21 years of age or older and show a valid photo ID to enter the serving area. Gates to the grounds of the Casper Events Center open at 4:00 pm. Admission is $10 per vehicle, $5 per motorcycle, and $5 per bicycle and pedestrian. All gate admission is on a CASH ONLY basis. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Casper Events Center  Box Office at 307-577-3030 or at 800-442-2256 or online at www.CasperEventsCenter.com.

RIVERTON:  1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous

Riverton, WY – The annual re-enactment of the 1838 Mountain Man Rendezvous will be held this year from July 3rd to the 7th.  This year marks the 175th anniversary of the original rendezvous.  This rendezvous is the only re-enactment located on the actual historic site. One is walking in the footsteps of such great trappers and traders such as Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Joe Meek, Andrew Drips, William Drummond Stewart, Moses “Black” Harris, and others.

This year’s fun starts on the Wed. the 3rd at 3 pm with a parade down Main Street in Riverton, followed by opening ceremonies at 5 p.m. with a free dinner and Native American dancing to follow. Thursday, Friday and Saturday will see the normal black powder shooting, hawk ‘n knife competitions and numerous seminars centered around the fur trapping era.  This year there will be more traders than usual as the national rendezvous will be the next week in Laramie. This gives visitors a chance to “shop til they drop”.

The organizers pride themselves on having a “beginners” or “teaching” rendezvous with the seminars offered. Saturday will be set aside as a family day with a great number of activities for kids and “non” participants in the rendezvous.  There will be seminars on fire starting with flint and steel, dutch oven cooking, flint knapping, Teepee set-up and organization, various trapping methods, historical information about the era, and many others.

To find the rendezvous, travel east on Monroe off of Federal Blvd to Smith Rd. turn south and follow the signs. www.1838rendezvous.com

July 3-7, 2013
Held on the Original 1838 Rendezvous Site in Riverton, WY

Seminars on “skills & history” of early fur trade era
Primitive & Tin Tipi (modern) Camp Areas
Black powder / Hawk & Knife competitions
Vendors dealing in pre-1840 Trade Goods

Wednesday, July 3
Parade: Main St. beginning @ Bank of West 3 p.m.  Main St., Riverton
Opening Ceremonies 5 p.m. at the Parade grounds
Wind River Heritage Ctr Cook-out @ Roost 6 p.m. at the Roost
American Indian Dances 7 p.m. at the Roost

Thursday, July 4
Shooting Range open: public/re-entry shoot 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Shooting Range
Hawk & Knife re-entry 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Hawk & Knife Range
Seminars – TBA
Shooting Range open: public/re-entry shoot 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Shooting Range
Booshway Camp Carry-in Dinner 6 p.m. at the Roost
Council Fire, entertainment 8:30 p.m. at the Council Fire

Friday, July 5
Shooting Range open: public/re-entry shoot 8 a.m  – 12 p.m. at theShooting Range
Hawk & Knife re-entry 9am-5pm at the Hawk & Knife Range
Seminar – Beaver Trapping on the River 10 a.m.
Seminar- Trapping other fur bearers 11 a.m.at the River
Seminar – Fire Making with Flint and Steel, etc. 1 p.m.

Seminar – Teepee Lore at Segundo Campsite 2 p.m.

Shooting Range open: public/re-entry shoot 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Shooting Range

Seminar-Learning to throw the hawk and kniffe at the Hawk and Knife range 3 p.m
Seminar – TBA 4 p.m.
Council Fire, Prize Awards, Entertainment 8:30 p.m. at the Council Fire

Saturday, July 6
Calcutta – Auction @ Roost 9 a.m.
Calcutta Shoot – immediately following Auction at the Shooting Range

Seminar – Beaver Trapping on the River 10 a.m.
Seminar- Trapping other fur bearers 11 a.m.at the River
Seminar – Fire Making with Flint and Steel, etc. 1 p.m.

Seminar – Teepee Lore at Segundo Campsite 2 p.m.

Shooting Range open: public/re-entry shoot 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Shooting Range
Seminar-Learning to throw the hawk and kniffe at the Hawk and Knife range 3 p.m
Seminar – TBA 4 p.m.
Council Fire, Prize Awards, Entertainment 8:30 p.m. at the Council Fire
July 7 Sunday Location
Church Services 9 a.m. at the Council Fire
Closing Ceremonies 10 a.m. at the Council Fire

For updated schedule www.1838rendezvous.com

LANDER: 119th Pioneer Days Parade & Rotary Buffalo BBQ

Pioneer Days Parade — 10 AM Lander Main Street

The annual Rotary Buffalo Barbecue will be Thursday, July 4, 11 am-2 pm at Lander City Park. The menu consists of buffalo bratwurst w/sauerkraut or grilled onions, buffalo hamburgers, hot dogs, coleslaw, corn on the cob, chips, soda and water.

Cost is $7 in advance or $8 at the gate on July 4. Proceeds benefit local Rotary projects. Tickets are now available at the Lander Area Chamber of Commerce, 160 N 1st St.

ROCK SPRINGS: Parks & Rec Department Fireworks

The Rock Springs Parks & Recreation Department will once again be hosting Wyoming’s Largest Fireworks Display over the Wataha Recreation Area in 2012.The Fireworks show will commence at 10:00pm. Events leading up to the fireworks include the FireWhacker golf tournamentconcerts,contests, local food vendors and we will also broadcast the synchronised music into the Wataha Rec Area for all who attend to hear. Begins at 10 PM!

EVANSTON: Fresh Air, Freedom & Fun Festival

Join our friends in Evanston at the annual Independence Day Fresh Air, Freedom & Fun Festival. Food, fun, games, and music for your enjoyment in Hamblin Park.  Check the July calendar of events for dates and times. Annual 4th of July fireworks are always displayed on the 4th.

CHEYENNE: Fourth of July Events at Frontier Park

Cheyenne Frontier Days and the City of Cheyenne have released the Fourth of July celebration schedule at Frontier Park.

  • 5:30 p.m. Frontier park opens
  • 6:00 p.m. Music by Country Club Band
  • 7:30 p.m. Intermission
  • 8:00 p.m. Tops in Blue- the Air Force’s Entertainment Showcase
  • 9:35 p.m.  Fireworks

All events are free and open to the public. Parking is free as well. Fireworks other than the professional show are not permitted on Frontier Park.

TEN SLEEP: 67th Annual 4th of July Parade & Rodeo

67th Annual 4th of July Parade and Rodeo in Ten Sleep!! Parade at 10 am, rodeo at 1. Country roundup: craft fair in the Ten Sleep park 9-2

EVANSTON:  Uinta County Veterans Board Mud Races — Saturday, July 6, Uinta County Fairgrounds

SHERIDAN:  Big Horn Equestrian Center Fireworks — Gates open at 4:00!



WY TRAVEL: Guernsey Lake – Did You Miss This?

Thanks to Rob McIntosh for sending in this editorial and images — Guernsey Reservoir is a popular destination for many folks, and I appreciate this perspective on the little details that are commonly overlooked…all images and article are by Rob McIntosh of Torrington. Thanks Rob!

Keep in mind while reading this that in no way am I saying there is anything wrong with fishing, camping, boating, skiing, and other water sports that go on at Guernsey Reservoir.  This is my attempt to focus (pun intended) on what the majority of the people spending time at the lake will never see. High above the beaches and crisp blue water of the lake lies an all together different world that is seldom seen unless a person takes time to climb the cliffs.  Since the lake area was carved over a vast amount of time and most of the cliffs were under water at some point in that time, there are dozens of things worth photographing as you climb to the top.  In addition to the cliffs themselves, you will find all kinds of interesting and seldom seen sights.

As the layers of shale were being formed, small animals and plants became trapped in the mud.  As time went on, these areas were exposed to the elements and eventually those fossilized plants and animals showed up on the surface where you can clearly see them.  In other areas, the air pockets had created crystallized formations called geodes. Again, these areas worked their way to the outside world and became visible to those climbing the cliffs.

With the Earth shifting and water wearing away at these areas for eons, those layers are lined along the cliffs so they look like old books or newspapers stacked up so someone could grab them and leaf through the pages.  One such book fell off the stack and is sitting on edge waiting to be picked up and returned to the pile.

There’s an area where water flowed over the layers of sedimentary rock cutting a channel into it.  Then, that channel filled with sediment and eventually turned to rock.  It boggles the mind to think that these cliffs high above the lake were at one time under the lake.

Eventually through erosion and wind, the area began to support plant and animal life again.  Obviously, the water below supports an abundance of life, both plant and animal, but the life on the cliffs is all together different. As the cedar trees grow and die, they leave behind pinecones and needles and eventually themselves as nature’s artwork. The cactus plants bloom with their waxy flowers along with the yucca and thistles all surrounded by thorny leaves or threatening spikes.   Plants sprout and grow in the cracks of the rocks where it doesn’t seem there is enough soil to support even the tiniest sprig.  Bees, bugs, and other signs of life appear everywhere.  All this and more exists high above the water and the beaches just waiting for those people like me to see them and photograph them.  So, sometime when you are at the lake and get tired of the water and all the activity that surrounds it, take a hike up the cliffs and see this other world that exists within the confines of Guernsey Reservoir.  It is a wonderful sight, especially from the top.

Thanks Rob! I appreciate this new view, and will be sure to share it with my boating family so they too can appreciate what they’ve been missing…Guernsey Reservoir and the town of Guernsey, along with Platte County Wyoming, are a fun point of tourism in the state. Water sports and historical points (such as Fort Laramie!) are popular destinations — be sure to add them to your Wyoming tourism bucket list!

‘Til Next Time…

Kati Hime, Editor