Rendezvous weekend offers Friday Night Cruise, balloon rally and moreJul 15, 2015 By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer
The biggest weekend of the 35th annual Riverton Rendezvous begins early with the Riverton Branch Library's "chalk the walk" festival and sidewalk art contest from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the library.
A few spaces for adult and teen entries are still available. Call the library at 856-3556 to register. Gary Small and One Earth will provide live music, and the Friends of the Riverton Library will sponsor a cake walk.
- Jan Erhart will give the celebrity talk at the balloon rally media day at 7 p.m. Friday at the Main Manhattan. She will speak about the 35-year history of the hot-air balloon rally which anchors the annual Rendezvous schedule.
Erhart was one of the original volunteers for the rally. The former Riverton Police Department dispatcher and "meter maid" received the lifetime achievement award from the Riverton Chamber of Commerce in 2009.
- The Rocky Mountain Rebels Friday Night Cruise begins with a hot rod parade leaving Kmart at 6 p.m. Friday and ending on Main Street downtown for food, live music, and streets lined with hot rods until 9:30 p.m.
The street will be closed to automobile traffic after the show cars are parked.
More than 200 vehicles are expected, and there is always room for more entries, Rocky Mountain Rebels president Ty Becker said. Anyone interested in being part of the parade can meet in the parking lot of Kmart at 5:30 p.m.
The night also features street dances to the live music of Doc Fields Cyberdelic VooDoo, several food vendors, and the return of the Friday night tire burnout contest.
- After an unofficial media flight Friday morning, the balloon rally's formal schedule is Saturday and Sunday starting at about 6 a.m. both days at the Central Wyoming College launch field.
Weather permitting, a nighttime "balloon glow" is set for 8 p.m. Saturday.
The Riverton Kiwanis club hosts a pancake breakfast both mornings.
Volunteers for balloon chase crews are always welcome, particularly for the Friday media flight.
There are 28 balloons scheduled this year, three of which are "special shapes," including "Norman" the dragon, "Snobird" the tourist penguin, and "Off the Wall," an upside-down Humpty Dumpty figure.
- The Saturday car and bike show and swap meet begins at 10 a.m. with registration at 8 a.m. at the Central Wyoming College Activity Center Parking lot. An awards ceremony will follow at 4 p.m.
The first round of auto-cross racing is at the west parking lot at 8 a.m. The second round is at 4:30 p.m., with championships following. Registration space is still available but is limited to 60 entries. For more details about auto-cross and registration, call Bruce Hanson at 851-3549.
- The Redneck Barbecue and Rugrat Festival is held in conjunction with the Saturday car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the CWC south lawn between the Arts Center and the fountain. The carnival-style event offers inflatable bounce houses and water slides, games including "plink-o," a fishing stand, bubble station, ring tosses, and more. Each game has prizes for all participants.
A wristband grants children all-day access to the festivities. Wristbands are $15 a piece or four for $50.
This year, proceeds benefit the Wyoming Avian Rescue, which works to rehabilitate and place unwanted and neglected parrots.
- The Wind River Heritage Center's fourth annual Festival of the Mountain Man is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Heritage Center museum at 1075 S. Federal Blvd. in Riverton. The tentative schedule includes a live auction at noon, American Indian dancing at 1 p.m., and a music and story jam session featuring Karen Peden and Dan Seelye at 2 p.m.
At 3 p.m., the mountain man woman and child costume contest, Dutch oven dessert cook-off and "mountain man roll call" will begin. In the mountain man roll call, the name of a famous mountain man is called, and someone will step forward to give a history of that person's life. There will be an open microphone and arts and crafts exhibits, sales, and trades all day.
- A fireworks show sponsored by the 1838 Rendezvous Association, the Wind River Business Council and Fremont County School District 25, will be set off on Airport Hill beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday.