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Rendezvous events to begin

Jul 11, 2013 - By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer

The Wrangler Classic Rodeo is first up, with Day in the Park, the modelers fly-in and Rails to Trails music highlighting the first weekend.

Riverton hosts the 33rd annual Riverton Rendezvous summer festival beginning this weekend. Most activities are free to the public, offering something to participants of all ages.

Georgia Davis leads the Riverton Rendezvous Committee this year. The following events are scheduled:

- The Wrangler Classic rodeo is Thursday to Saturday at the Wind River Hotel and Casino, 10269 Wyoming 789, Riverton.

Arena events include barrel racing, team roping and more.

- Wyoming Modelers Fly-In is Friday to July 14 at the Wyoming Modelers Park 2675 N. Federal Blvd., Riverton.

The fly-in begins at 8 a.m., and runs until dark, with some night spectacles. RC pilots from around the Rocky Mountain area come to exhibit model aircraft of all sizes performing scale and aerobatic flight. Model helicopters will perform inverted flight, and Saturday only, a model jet will reach speeds of 200 miles per hour.

Hot dogs and hamburgers are provided by WyMoPa members. There is a $10 landing fee for all RC pilots, no admission charge for spectators. Anyone with an RC car or truck is welcome to drive it on the two RC car tracks for free during the fly-In weekend. Trunk swap sales are overnight camping are allowed.

- Rails to Trails Music on the River Walk, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday begins behind City Hall on the Rails to Trails Pathway in Riverton and moves south down the rest of the trail. Music, face painting, balloon art and games are planned.

Performing artists include Ed Woodward and Friends, the Vince Masson Band, the Barns family of Dubois, John Brooks Van from Thermopolis, Dick Fredrickson, the Barry Lucas band, Karen Pederson and Sophia Lopez, the Noyes and Neilsen family, Ryan and Eli Horyza, Jena Apodaca, blacksmith Gordon Bush, and past Wyoming state fiddle champions Erica Flom and Farron Eisemann.

Food vendors expected are Pop Logan's popcorn wagon, Wild Bill's Barbecue, an ice cream wagon, kettle corn, tacos and shaved ice. Sponsors for Rails to Trails are Woodward's, Safeway, Wal-Mart and Smiths.

- Rendezvous Day in the Park, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday July 13, at Riverton City Park, offers crafts, games, food vendors of all kinds, and handcrafted metal artwork, woodwork, jewelry and more. So far there are around 100 vendors registered, with space still available.

Booth registration is $70. To register for space, contact Liz Connally at 851-2844 or rivertondayinthepark@gmail.com.

- The Chalk the Walk Festival and sidewalk art contest is 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at the Riverton Branch Library, 1330 W. Park, featuring art, food and bluegrass music by the Low Water String Band of Lander. Anyone interested should register in advance by contacting the Riverton Branch Library. Chalk will be provided.

- The media day balloon launch is at 6 a.m. Friday, July 19, at the launch field at Central Wyoming College, 2660 Peck Ave., Riverton. Community assistance and chase crews are welcome. This is the public's best chance to ride in one of the balloons.

- Balloon rally celebrity speaker Don Day talks about on the Red Bull Stratos Mission and the history and significance of near-space jumps from 7-8 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the Eagles Hall.

The Cheyenne meteorologist was the chief weather officer for the mission on Oct. 12, 2012, in which Felix Baumgartner ascended 128,100 feet in a stratospheric balloon and made a free-fall jump, reaching supersonic speeds before parachuting to the ground. Day will present behind-the-scenes videos and stories of the historic jump.

- The Friday Night Cruise is at 6 p.m. Friday, July 19, from Kmart to downtown Riverton, with the Rocky Mountain Car and Bike lineup following from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Main Street. Antique and custom, cars, trucks and motorcycles will line Main Street, along with sidewalk booths, food stands and a host of special events.

- The 20th Annual Rocky Mountain Car and Bike Show, with more than 200 vehicles, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Central Wyoming College, 2660 Peck Ave., Riverton. Included is the Rocky Mountain Rebels Car and Bike Swap Meet, to buy, sell and trade collector car and bike parts. The swap meet runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food vendors will be present.

- The Auto-Cross race is scheduled for Sunday, July 21 at the CWC Arts Parking Lot. Entry fees are $30 for three runs. There are three classes: stock, super stock, and super stock modified. Registration is at 8 a.m. The drivers meeting and track review is at 10 a.m. Participants must have valid drivers licenses and proof of insurance.

- The Rendezvous Hot Air Balloon Rally kicks off at 6 a.m., with tethered balloon rides at 7 a.m., both Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21 at the launch field at Central Wyoming College, 2660 Peck Ave., Riverton. The Kiwanis Family Pancake Breakfast is at 6 a.m. both days. Each course is $1.

- The Balloon Block Treasure Hunt runs July 11-19, with clues published daily in The Ranger. A block of wooden letters spelling out "balloon" is hidden somewhere in the greater Riverton area from July 11 through 19. The winner of the treasure hunt will receive $500 cash prize and a balloon ride.

- The second annual Redneck Barbecue Festival to benefit the Dog House Fund runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Central Wyoming College, 2660 Peck Ave., Riverton. The menu is a la carte, and includes hot dogs, hamburgers, barbecued pork sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, watermelon and chips. All items range from $2 to $5. Mobile food vendors also sell corn dogs, cotton candy and nachos.

The event also offers carnival-themed games and activities for all ages, including a bouncy house, fishing hole, water slides, ring toss, dunk tank, and pea shooter. All-day wristbands for activities are $15 each or $50 for the four-pack. All proceeds from games and the barbecue go to the Dog House Fund project to expand the current animal adoption center with on-site medical services and to install a community dog park and community memorial grounds.

- Heritage Center Activities and Tours run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 20 at the Heritage Center Museum, 1075 S. Federal Blvd., Riverton.

- The Balloon Glow is at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at the launch field at Central Wyoming College, 2660 Peck Ave., Riverton. Weather permitting, a dozen tethered balloons will light up the sky at dark.

- The Rendezvous fireworks show starts at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 20, on Valley View Road west of in Riverton. There are many good viewing spots west of town.

- Second annual Derby to EradDUCKate Polio is at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Rotary Fire Pit on the Riverwalk. One duck can be adopted for $10; the six-duck "quack pack" can be adopted for $50. Tickets are available from sponsoring Rotarians or at the Riverton Chamber of Commerce, Kusel's, Jerry's Flowers, KTAK and First Interstate Bank. Participants need not be present to win.

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