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Festival of the Mountain Man, fireworks among festivities

Jul 19, 2013 - Staff

The Wind River Heritage Center presents its second annual Festival of the Mountain Man from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Heritage Center museum, 1075 S. Federal Blvd.

The event and refreshments are entirely free, and everyone is invited to participate, observe, and catch the historic mountain man culture in action.

The event begins with American Indian dancing from 1-3 p.m. from Fergie Littleshield's dance group.

"They do a really good job," said Wind River Heritage Center president Lew Diehl.

The dance will last for 30 to 45 minutes, and the crowd is invited to participate.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is an arts and crafts fair. Anyone can buy, sell, trade and exhibit mountain man-themed handmade items. Homemade pouches and bags, American beadwork, and kettle popcorn.

Live and silent auctions to benefit the museum run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Wind River Heritage Center accepts donations of any items of value.

In the mountain man skills contest from noon to 5 p.m., participants can try out bow and arrow shooting, knife and hawk throwing, horseshoes, trap setting, horse races, coyote calling, buffalo pie throwing, fire starting, and more.

"We have five or six full-body targets," says Diehl, including big game targets.

Anyone dressed as a mountain man, mountain woman, or mountain child can enter the "mountain man costume contest" at 5 p.m.

Historical melodramas begin at 5:15 p.m., with the Mountain Man Roll call at 5:30 p.m.

At 6 p.m., Rick Lecter presents an 1838 "Dutch oven dessert cook off."

From 6:30 p.m. until the end of the event, there will be an open "jam session" where anyone interested can present music and stories relating to mountain man life.

There will also be an open microphone all day.

Anyone who attends the event can see the new half of the Wind River Heritage Center opened earlier this year.

Diehl said there are about 50 wax figures representing various historical figures.

Donations to the museum are welcome.

Fireworks

The 2013 Riverton Rendezvous fireworks show is at 10 p.m. Saturday on Valley View Road in Riverton.

The display is in a somewhat different location this year, and planners say the fireworks can be viewed best from up on the hill rather than below. The show is sponsored by the Rendezvous Committee.

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