Carbon County Summers are packed with fun local events.
To see a schedule of what's currently scheduled make sure to check out our calendar of events but here are some of our favorite annual events you will not want to miss.
Annual Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo
Held in Encampment/Riverside
For over 50 years, the chips fly during Father’s Day weekend every year in Encampment as loggers come from all over the country to compete for the title of Rocky Mountain Champion Lumber-jack. Using power saws, axes and hand saws, competitors cut down “trees,” chop logs and saw squared wood blocks in half, racing the clock for the fastest time. During this two-day event, visitors can watch cowboys ride bulls and broncs, view the annual parade, eat some delicious food and watch the competition unfold.
Music in the Park
Held in Rawlins
Come to Washington Park at 15th and Walnut in Rawlins at 7 pm. for a free outdoor concert every Thursday during the summer. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Food vendors begin serving around 5:30 pm. Bring your blankets & lawn chairs and relax while listening to the muscial stylings of local & regional bands. Featuring a new musical act each week! Also take part in raffles that benefit a variety of non-profits. Music in the Park is a local favorite, if you haven't experienced it yet it is well worth scheduling a night in Rawlins to join in the revelry.
Held in Rawlins
Want to see outhouses barreling down the street through an obstacle course or see how fast you can actually eat ice cream? Celebrate summer coming to Rawlins with this classic 2 day Rawlins event including Outhouse Races, vendors, sidewalk sales, eating contests, street dance and more! This is the weekend to be in Rawlins, with great events taking place, there is something for everyone. This event is free, although contests may have entry fees. SummerFest is sponsored by Rawlins DDA/Main Street. For more information visit www.rawlinsfest.com.
Held in Saratoga
The Bullfest is an exciting bull riders-only event and will feature the region’s top cowboys. This annual event is held at Buck Springs Rodeo Arena in Saratoga, Wyoming and always starts at 7pm. Bull riding is a rodeo sport that involves a rider getting on a bucking bull and attempting to stay mounted while the animal attempts to buck off the rider. The rider must stay on top of the bucking bull while holding onto the bull rope with one hand for eight seconds and not touching the bull with his free hand.
Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering
Held in Encampment
GatheringThis annual event is a truly unique event organized by ranchers, musicians, poets and writers living in the area as a way to help preserve and promote ranching, cowboy culture and lifestyle. It is sponsored by the Grand Encampment Cowboy Gathering Outfit, the Grand Encampment Museum and the Carbon County Visitors Council. Families of all ages can come and enjoy an entertaining action-packed weekend. Dutch oven cook-off, stick horse rodeo, and cowboy jam session featuring artists and locals from the region. A chuck wagon breakfast is served on Sunday morning. Visit www.grandencampmentgathering.org for more information.