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Rendezvous rolls this week for 35th year; events on rec path, city park

Jul 8, 2015 By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer

The 35th annual Riverton Rendezvous begins this week, filling the rest of the month with summer festivities from the Wyoming Modelers Park Association fly-in to the Wrangler Classic team roping championship.

Balloon block

The Ranger's treasure hunt kicks things off. Clues regarding the whereabouts of The Ranger balloon block begin Wednesday in the newspaper and continue through July 16. The winner receives cash and a balloon ride at the Rendezvous balloon rally later in the month.

Fly-in

Remote controlled helicopters and airplanes of all sizes will fill the air during the Rich Hardt Memorial Fly-In from Thursday through Sunday at the Modelers Park, 2675 N. Federal Blvd., in north Riverton.

The event is free to spectators, who might want to bring a chair, sunscreen or an umbrella, because, as modelers' association governmental liaison Eddie Amend advised, "airports don't have a lot of trees."

Pilots must be members of the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Registration is $10 and begins Thursday afternoon. Registered pilots are entered into a drawing for items including propellers, fuel and other hobby equipment. The drawing will take place at the end of the event.

The club will serve food Saturday. Alcohol is not allowed at the park. Space for overnight camping will be available.

The fly-in was renamed this year to honor Rich Hardt, who died in February. Hardt was a six-year president of the modelers' association and an R/C pilot for more than 60 years.

For event times, call 463-2676 or e-mail eddieamend@gmail.com.

Rails to Trails

The sixth annual Rails to Trails Music on the River Walk runs 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday beginning on the Rails to Trails pathway behind Riverton City Hall.

This year's walk features music from bluegrass to cowboy and western, celtic, and a little rock and roll. The lineup includes music from Packing the Mail, Jenna Apadaca, The John Brooks Band, Erica Flom and students, Vince Masson and Don Steel from Mammoth Music, Karl Brauneis with John and Kathy Cundy, Dick Fredrickson, and Karen and Willie Peden. Poetry will also be performed by Kent Stockton and Jack Schmidt.

There will be a dunk tank, face painting, blacksmith demonstrations by Gordon Bush, knitting demonstrations by the Fremont Fiber Arts Guild, a tractor display by Dave Whittar, balloon creations by Glen Larson, a mountain man educational tent by members of the 1838 Rendezvous Association and Wind River Heritage Center and "old-time children's games" hosted by Fremont County museums.

Event organizer Karen Peden encourages attendees to ask questions and speak with the presenters and musicians. There still is room for more participants of all types. Anyone interested in contributing talents can call Peden at 856-1526 or Bev Pollard at 856-1516.

Rendezvous in the Park

Around 100 food and art vendors will set up for the annual Rendezvous in the Park from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Riverton City Park. Vendors will sell the standard Riverton day in the park fare -- Indian tacos, kettle corn, hot dogs, hamburgers and more -- along with dozens of unique crafts. Central Wyoming College and the Riverton Volunteer Fire Department, along with a few other organizations and churches, will host information booths as well.

There still are a few open spaces for vendors. Registration is $75. Applications are available at the Riverton Chamber of Commerce, 213 W. Main St.

The Wrangler Classic team roping championships are at the Fremont County Fairgrounds rodeo arena Friday and Saturday.

Coming events

The following week brings even more events, beginning with the Riverton Branch Library's "chalk the walk" festival and sidewalk art contest on July 15.

The Rendezvous balloon rally, Friday Night Cruise, and car and bike shows start July 17 and continue through the weekend, with pancake breakfasts, tethered balloon rides, and activities for children throughout the town.

A fireworks display is set for July 18.

In other events, the Wind River Casino cruise-in is Aug. 1 and the Riverton Rotary club's "eraDUCKate" polio derby is scheduled for Aug. 8.

Details on the second week of Rendezvous are published next week.

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