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Cool Events at The Wild West Winter Carnival All Month Long in Riverton, WY.

Riverton, WY – The Wild West Winter Carnival began in 1986 and was designed for residents to see how to enjoy fun events in Wyoming’s Wind River Basin during the winter months. Locals know that January and February means a host of fun activites for the whole family including a fishing derby, ice sculpting and more! Admission costs vary. Call 307-856-4801 or www.wildwestwintercarnival.org

January 1 - 24 - A coloring contest for students in Grades kindergarten through five. Each year a new themed picture is distributed through the schools, and prizes are awarded within age groups for best coloring.

January 17 - Night Parade begins at 6 p.m. on the south side of Riverton’s Main St. The prizes are $100 for first prize, $75 for second prize, and $50, for third prize. A form may be picked up at the Riverton Chamber of Commerce or contact a winter carnival member.  Contact person: Glenn Wiess 307-851-8331.

January 17 - Chili Cook-Off  5 p.m. Main St. in Riverton. If you have a fantastic recipe for Chili, this is your chance to register for your chance to win over $100 in cash and prizes and to have your Chili as the featured food for the 2014 Wild West Winter Carnival. Registration forms can be picked up from Main Street Chiropractic & Massage or printed from wildwestwintercarnival.org  Winners will be selected by People’s Choice, so make sure the public tastes your Chili and submit their vote! Grand Prize, 1st Runner Up and 2nd Runner Up will be awarded cash and prizes and recognized at the Coronation on Feb. 1st at St. Margaret’s Gym, at 5 p.m. Registration is $5 per entry and includes a commemorative 2014 Wild West Winter Carnival button (which allows admittance to most events)

January 18 - Wind River Casino Night will be held at the Wind River Hotel and Casino,   6 to 8 p.m.  Free slot tournament to anyone with Wild West Winter Carnival button.  Buttons are sold at the gift shop at Wind River Hotel and Casino.

January 21 - 31 A Treasure Hunt is held in Fremont County from Members of the community. Follow the clues in the Riverton Ranger to locate the Medallion, a paper weight sized medal that says Winter Carnival.  If you find the Medallion, and you have a Wild West Winter Carnival button, you can win $500.

January 24 - 26 - See the biggest little city on ice at the popular Wild West Winter Carnival Ice Fishing Derby held at Boysen Reservoir.  Different species of local fish create multiple classes for biggest/longest catch.   Prizes are awarded at 2 p.m. at the B&K Shoreline on Jan 26th.

January  25 - A Poker Run will be held on the west side of Boysen Reservoir from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This allows for participants to view the area and get a poker hand on the way. There will be different places around the lake to get your cards so warm up your 4-wheeler, snowmobile or whatever transportation you want.

January 31 - Cowboy Poetry Gathering at the Central Wyoming College Little Theatre begins at 6 p.m. Folks at the Wild West Winter Carnival hollered over to ol’ Doc Stockton to see if he’d be willing to round us up a posse of talented folks to entertain our guests with cowboy poetry and campfire tunes, and boy did he come through! So, saddle up and head on over to enjoy a night of western entertainment including the talent of Echo Klaproth and Jack Schmidt to name a few. Admission is $5 and  a commemorative 2014 Wild West Winter Carnival button, which allows admittance to most events. Donations will be gladly accepted at the door. Limited seating available so show up early to enjoy the 2nd Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

Feb. 8  and 9  - The Wyoming Star Quilters will have quilts on display beforehand in selected Downtown merchants windows.   Their Quiltfest will be at Riverton Armory on Feb 8  from Noon to 7 p.m. and Feb 9  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Quilters will also hold a silent auction at the Crab Crack and announce the winners during the following the Coronation.

Feb. 1 -  Ice Sculpting on Main Street starting at 9 a.m. Artists from around the region compete for trophies in the Beginner, Intermediate and Professional class.  The sculptures adorn Main Street until they melt.  People of all ages are encouraged to participate in this event.

Tethered Balloon Rides are available at Riverton City Park on Feb 1st starting at 8:30 a.m.  There is no fee, the local Hot Air Balloon group provides the fun.

Snowman Stampede - Big Brothers Big Sisters is teaming up with the Wild West Winter Carnival in Riverton for a Snowman Stamped run and walk. They encourage participants to not only come out and run or walk but also raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters. There are lots of fun activities planned for the Snowman Stampede!

  • Best winter hat contest for runners and walkers
  • Best Snowman costume for runners and walkers
  • Coronation for King and Queen Snow people
  • Kids run will feature local running star for kids to race against.
  • Crazy Stampede photo booth
  • Chili, Cocoa and Cider for sale at run.

Hole in One Golf is held at Riverton City Park on Feb 1st at 11 a.m.  For a fee, you can try to get a hole-in-one on a 100 yard hole. Closest to the pin wins a cash prize

A Kids Coin Grab is held at Riverton City Park on Feb 1st at 1 p.m.  The current King & Queen hide coins in shredded paper, and allow kids to keep the coins they find.  In order to promote a fair contest, the children are separated into age groups and given a set time to look.

The Crab Crack is held at St Margaret’s on Feb 1st, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.  All You Can Eat crab is cooked by the Riverton Rotary club, and served en masse to the attendants.  Tickets are $25 each prior to the event, and $30 at the door.


Coronation is held at the St Margaret’s Feb 1st at 5 p.m.  The previous King & Queen pass on the Belt Buckle, Crown & Sash to the new King & Queen.  A Junior King & Queen may also be crowned, with associated scholarship prizes awarded.  Guidelines and nomination forms can be found at http://www.wildwestwintercarnival.org/documents.  The deadline for nominations is the 20th of January.

February 7 - The Riverton Artist’s Guild presents the annual Quick Draw will be held at the Riverton Elks Club starting at 8 p.m.  Artists complete a project within an hour while the public mills around behind them, and the results are auctioned off later that evening.

The Wild West Winter Carnival Gala will be held at BAR 10 on February 8th starting at 7:30. Enjoy delectable hors d’ouvres and music. Public will need to have buttons, which can be purchased for $5 each at the door, from WWWC member, Riverton Ranger or at Wind River Casino. Sponsors must have ticket.

February 15 & 16  - Ice Melter RC Car Races will be held at the Wind River Casino on from 10 am to 3 p.m.  Racers from three states will compete for prizes and trophies with 1/28th scale race cars.

Related Links: Lander Chamber of CommerceRiverton Chamber of Commerce, Dubois Chamber of CommerceDestination Dubois

For a complete calendar of events go to www.windriver.org/calendar, or to request a vacation packet, please visit us at Wind River Country or call 800-645-6233.


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