25th Annual Copper Days Festival Pulls in More Family Fun
What could be more enjoyable than a day of fun for the entire family? The Copper Days Festival in Encampment, Wyoming has been entertaining tractor enthusiasts since 1994. Beginning at 11 am on both Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10, the whole family can watch antique tractors pull heavy, weighted trailers to compete for the title of strongest tractor. Admission is free! Antique and old time engines will be on display all afternoon, too. And don't miss the tractors on parade Saturday morning at 10 am.
Tractors have been collected for decades by those who reminisce about simpler times when hard work was rewarded with an afternoon of friendly one-ups-man-ship. Enthusiasts come from all over the region to compete and share stories and memories with their children and grandchildren. Younger children watch in awe of the loud, rumbling engines and smokestacks and "Ol Betsy!" Tractor Pull activities will be held at the Encampment-Riverside Lions Club Arena along Highway 70 in Encampment. If you are interested in entering the tractor competition, please call Fred at 307.710.5660.
Take a spin around the dance floor at the family polka band dance on Saturday evening. The old-fashioned dance will be held at the historic Grand Encampment Opera Hall in downtown Encampment. The dance will be from 7-10 pm so there is plenty of time to turn a few circles on the traditional wood dance floor. Tickets to the dance are $10 per person and children 12 years and younger are free. Snacks and refreshments are included in the ticket price and there will be a cash bar. Tickets for the dance can be purchased in advance at the Chamber office in Saratoga or at the Red Wagon in Encampment and will also be available at the door. Has it been a few years? No worries, there will be free lessons and a chance to loosen the rusty joints beforehand.
The wildly successful Kids Art Workshop will be back again! The Platte Valley Arts Council invites children to paint, glue, stamp, and cut to create beautiful pieces of tractor-themed art to take home. The experience is always free and will be held Saturday from 12 pm to 2 pm near the pulling competition. Concessions will be available at the arena.
Feed your tractor obsession with the Toy Tractor Display and Collection Competition held Saturday afternoon from 11 am to 3 pm. Gather your collection of vintage or new models and enter in the fun. Adults will enjoy this free exhibit as much as the kids! For details and how to enter, please call Stacy Crimmins at 307-329-7150.
Event sponsors include Carbon County Visitors Council and Wyoming Arts Council.