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County's July Fourth festivities to span two days
Jul 3, 2013 - By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer
Fremont County's holiday schedule is booked solid with rodeos, races, barbecues and fireworks and includes the communities of Pavillion, Lander and Dubois.
The 119th Lander Pioneer Days, which hails itself as the oldest paid rodeo in the world, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the fairgrounds in Lander.
Events include bull riding, junior bull riding, saddle bronc riding, bareback, ladies barrels, calf roping, ladies breakaway, steer wrestling, open team roping, mixed team roping, businessmen's ribbon roping and Indian relays.
On Wednesday, the Little Cow Pokes Night -- with a calf scramble and foot races -- will be held in conjunction with the Pioneer Days Rodeo. Admission ranges from $4 to $10.
The 34th Annual Lander Half Marathon 5K Challenge for Charities, sponsored by the Lander Community Foundation, will be on the morning of July Fourth, with registration and packet pickup open from 5:15 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. at Centennial Park, in the 200 block of Main Street. Registration is $25 for the 5k and $50 for the half marathon.
Revenue from registration will benefit 35 different non-profits in Lander. The race winner will choose the benefitting charities. The community foundation will be collecting money for the Challenge for Charities until July 12.
For a complete schedule and list of charities and challengers, visit landercommunityfoundation.org.
Lander Kiwanis will host a pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. July Fourth. Breakfast is free to marathon participants, and $5 for non-participating adults and $3 for kids.
The senior center, 205 S. 10th St., also will sponsor a $5 pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
The Fourth of July Buffalo Barbecue runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lander City Park. The barbecue includes buffalo bratwurst with sauerkraut or grilled onions, buffalo hamburgers, hot dogs, coleslaw, corn on the cob, chips, soda and water. Tickets are $8 at the gate. Proceeds benefit local Rotary projects.
The Pioneer Days Fourth of July parade will be at 10 a.m. on Main Street.
Bad Boys of Bull Riding, the third annual Paxton Cady Memorial, will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Willow Creek Triple xXx Rodeo Arena on Willow Creek Road, seven miles south of Lander. There will be mutton bustin, junior steer riding, kids stick horse riding, sack race, boot race, bull riding, Indian dances and concessions.
Coolers are allowed. Donations will be accepted for the Paxton Cady Memorial Scholarship fund. For more information, call 330-8639.
A fireworks show, sponsored by the City of Lander and Lander Rural Fire Department, will be held at the fairgrounds starting at dusk.
The Kiwanis Club will host children's games beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday at Dubois Town Park.
The parade will be at 1 p.m. on Ramshorn Street, with the Cub Scouts' "Ducky Race" following.
The scouts will sell plastic ducks, which participants will turn in to the Chamber of Commerce. The ducks then will be turned loose into Horse Creek, and the first to cross the finish line is the winner. First prize is $100, second prize is $75, third is $50 and last place is $25.
At dusk, the Dubois Telephone Office and Never Sweat Recreation Board will sponsor a fireworks show at the Dubois overlook.
The Never Sweat Chuck Wagon Dinner will be at 7 p.m. across from Welty General Store. Tickets are available at the gate or by calling 690-9156.
Pavillion's "Old Fashioned Community Independence Day Celebration" will be Wednesday. The celebration, sponsored by the Wind River Recreation Board, begins at 5 p.m. at the Pavillion Recreation Center with a dinner catered by Miss Ginny's Roost.
At 7 p.m. there will be an auction.
The Pavillion Fire Department will present a fireworks show at dusk.
The event concludes with a dance at 9 p.m. featuring live music by the Lost Spring Band.
The historic event, spanning from July 3-7, features recreations of the trappers and traders encampment, games of skill, food, dancing and entertainment of the 1838 Rendezvous.
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the original rendezvous. The event is the only rendezvous re-enactment located on the historic site of the rendezvous.
There will be black powder shooting, hawk 'n knife competitions, and numerous seminars centered around the fur trapping era. Topics include 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.
This year there will be more traders than usual as the national rendezvous will be next week in Laramie.
To find the rendezvous grounds, travel east on Monroe Avenue off of Federal Boulevard to Smith Road, then turn south and follow the signs.