Wagon Days this year will feature several new festivities, some of them of a Western style, some of a Sun Valley style and one of them sort of in between.
Barn dancing, cowboy poetry, beards and mustaches, a gallery walk and a bicycle trip are among the new events.
Western Words and Music is the theme for a new event that features cowboy poets, old-time fiddling, Western music and an old-fashioned barn dance. The event is free and will be held on Friday, Aug. 30, at the Ore Wagon Museum at the corner of East Avenue and Fifth Street.
From 4-7 p.m., professional cowboy poets and musicians will be performing, and attendees can be treated to a humorous historical presentation from local historian Chris Millspaugh.
“Prepare to be entertained by the wild yarns, familiar old cowboy songs and the droll brand of humorous poetry sparked by dealing with cantankerous mules and cowpokes alike,” Event Coordinator Heather LaMonica Deckard wrote in a press release.
From 7-10 p.m., the event turns into a barn dance with music from Matt Renner and Slow Children Playing.
A related event is the Wagon Days Western Street Dance starting a 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Ketchum Town Square. The event will feature caller Galen Slater and his Sweet Potatoes backed by Slow Children Playing. Local favorites Dewey, Pickett and Howe will play from 9-11 p.m.
Following that, the dance moves back to the Ore Wagon Museum for a “real hoe-down in the barn.”
Sun Valley stuff
Wendy Jaquet will be the guide for an art gallery walk on Friday, Aug. 30, from 5-7:30 p.m. Attendees can link up with Jaquet at 5 p.m. at the Sun Valley Recreation Center on Baldy View Loop in Sun Valley or at 5:15 p.m. at the Gilman Contemporary gallery at 661 Sun Valley Rd. in Ketchum.
“We’ll visit with owner/managers of the galleries and stop and talk with artists who may be in attendance,” Deckard wrote in a press release. “If you have ever wondered where an artist gets his or her passion, where does that artistic eye come from and just what goes into creating a piece of art, this is the tour for you.”
Professional bike racer Rebecca Rusch will lead a Rebecca’s Private Idaho long-haul gravel-road bike tour on Sunday, Sept. 1. Registration is required. To register and for more information, visit www.rebeccasprivateidaho.com.
It’s not necessarily Western or Sun Valley, but maybe a little of both. It’s the Wagon Days Mustache and Beard competition, with judging scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Ketchum Town Square. Winners will be selected in five categories: mustache, beard, chops, neck beard and fake beard or mustache.
Category winners will then compete for the people’s choice grand prize winner at 12:30 p.m. in front of the Pioneer Saloon on Main Street. Selection of first, second and third places will be made by the parade audience.
Terry Smith: email@example.com