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Three Fun Opportunities to Have Your Last Summer Hurrah

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Head to Bear River State Park on August 25-27 to take part in a rendezvous that commemorates the gatherings held by fur traders and other pioneers in the American West.

It’s hard to believe, but the long days of summer are already drawing to a close. Before cold weather settles in for good, head to Evanston, WY for one of the fun events in the coming month. Just because autumn’s chill looms in the distance doesn’t mean you can’t still fit in a ton of summer fun!

Total Solar Eclipse Over Wyoming | Aug. 21

The biggest show in the sky comes to Evanston Wyoming on Monday August 21. Bring the whole family and join the celebration as we watch the historic total solar eclipse take place at Depot Square from 9 AM to 2 PM.

The event will include eclipse education and investigation, obstacle course and scavenger hunt, and kid’s games and rocket blasts! Come early and get your solar viewing glasses so you can have the safest view of the solar eclipse!

Bear River Rendezvous | Aug. 25-27

Head to Bear River State Park on August 25-27 to take part in a rendezvous that commemorates the gatherings held by fur traders and other pioneers in the American West. This event will celebrate Wyoming’s trapping heritage while mountain men and women recreate a typical pre-1840s gathering.

Pre-register then when the day arrives, set up your camp site and your trading site. Enjoy events like the primitive shoot, tomahawk and knife throw and Dutch oven cook-off. Shop crafts like arrowheads and knife blades, furs, leather goods and jewelry while enjoying Mountain Man Music, local history and the great outdoors.

Evanston Cowboy Days | Sept. 1-4

The first Cowboy Days event took place in 1936, when local rancher Tom Painter and locomotive engineer Bob Rowley worked with Evanston’s mayor, Dr. J. H. Holland, to create a ranching heritage celebration. What came to be called the “Biggest Little Rodeo in the World” continued to run every year except 1943, 1944 and 1945 because of the impact of WWII. In 1946, the rodeo was back on and it’s been running ever since. This year marks the 81st Cowboy Days.

Stopping by this hugely popular event won’t only get you a good dose of history – it’ll get you a heck of a show! See mutton busting, a rodeo clown, a queen contest, a great parade and bullfighting, or stop by craft and vendor booths to do some shopping and snacking.

Whether this is your first Cowboy Days or your fiftieth, this beloved event has something for everyone to enjoy. Attending is a great way to have some fun and take advantage of the summer weather while it lasts!

Ready for that last hurrah? Go to evanstonchamber.com/events to view all upcoming events and start planning your visit.

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