Atlantic City festival is 'where losers win'

Jul 21, 2014 From staff reports

Several games at the August event, including the traditional poker crawl, will provide prizes to non-winners.

Atlantic City will host a Gold Bust Festival on Aug. 2 featuring food, music, gold panning, arts and crafts, demonstrations and games.

Special guests for the event will be Bill and Beth Sagstetter, authors of "Mining Camps Speak, A New Way to Explore the Ghost Towns of the American West." They will give an talk on little-known techniques for unraveling the secrets of ghost towns. The Sagstetters said they have been exploring the backcountry of the American West and Southwest for more than 50 years, and they have authored and published five books and produced four prime-time documentary films for television.


Visitors can expect to see pottery, rock jewelry, quill and bead work, quilts, handmade soap and lotions, wood sculptures, pen and ink drawings, paintings, handmade knives and books.

Space will be available for anyone who wants to demonstrate a craft or sell their wares. Vendors should bring their own tables. For more information, call 705-8870 or 332-0915.


Demonstrations will include John McIntyre's foot-powered wood lathe, part of a series of unplugged woodworking tools he is making. Other demonstrations will include denim rug making and square-foot gardening.

Fremont County Firewise coordinator Ron Wempen will be at the Atlantic City Battalion 9 Fire Hall to talk to people individually about how they can make their properties safer. Local musicians will perform at the fire hall.

Food specials will be offered at the Miner's Grubstake and the Atlantic City Mercantile.


At the Miner's Delight Inn Bed and Breakfast, authors will answer questions and sign copies of their books.

Barbara Townsend's second book, "Clear and Convincing Evidence," was released in February by Writers AMuse Me Publishing. The murder mystery takes place on a Wyoming university campus.

Also available will be Marjane Ambler's book ("Yellowstone Has Teeth: A Memoir of Living Year Round in the World's First National Park). Also at Miner's Delight Inn will be Sandy and Doug Lowinske of Country Woodworking, who will show their custom aspen wood furnishings and decor.

Town history

Atlantic City Historical Society's table will have free brochures for self-guided tours of the town. The organization will have its annual meeting and historic tour Aug. 30.

Starting in 2007, Atlantic City has hosted a community-wide open house and art walk. This year the organizers transformed the event into the Gold Bust Festival with the tagline "Where losers win." Several games, including the traditional poker crawl, will provide prizes to losers. Participants in the poker crawl can pick up the instructions near the teepee at the Miner's Grubstake.

Atlantic City is located south of Lander near South Pass. The Atlantic City Gold Bust Festival is sponsored by Wild Bill's Guns, Atlantic City Historical Society, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Miner's Grubstake, Atlantic City Mercantile, Miner's Delight Inn Bed and Breakfast and Snowbound Studio.

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