It’s that time of year again, when residents of all ages put their personal lives aside for a week to bask in the excitement of Mustang Days, a weeklong celebration that features a wide variety of events and activities.
Beginning on Monday, June 20, Mustang Days will start with entertainment by Laughing Bird, a music and comedy show put on by a husband and wife duo from Story, Wyo. They have been playing live shows for more than 30 years and describe their music as “a lively mix of original contemporary music with overtones of bluegrass and light acoustic rock.”
Mustang Days chair Linda Mangus said she discovered the duo on the Internet, and that they are thrilled to be playing at a small-town festival like Mustang Days.
The show is free and open to the public.
Mustang Follies tickets will be on sale at the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce Office Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
After a relatively quiet morning, the Dollies will be on Main Street at 7:30 p.m. to dance to the music of the Mustang Band and get the crowd hyped for the coming Follies, which begin at 8 p.m. Seating for the Follies is reserved and performances will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Mangus said Kathy Brown is in charge of the Follies, with help from Sandy Bush and Alana Thackeray. Mangus said the show is “changed around” from last year, but many of the favorite acts will still be included.
Wednesday begins with an Artist Market and Workshop, hosted by Gladys McNeil. She said Marie Bramson of Frannie will teach watercolor painting Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m., for a cost of $10 per session. McNeil will host a free painting party Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. Supplies are furnished, but participants are welcome to bring their own gear. Contact McNeil at 548-7600 for more information or to sign up. All skill levels are welcome.
The Artist Market will be held from 1 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 1 to 6 p.m. on Friday at the Lovell Recreation building next to B and G Lumber. Works of art will be on display from area artists, including projects and paintings completed by art camp students who are spending time this week and next week working with McNeil. Several pieces will be available for sale. Contact McNeil to submit artwork to be displayed.
The Pindropper’s Quilt Show will be held Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the National Guard Armory. Quilt spectators will be asked to vote for their favorites in each category, and awards will be given to the most popular quilts.
A car show will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nevada Avenue between Fifth and Main Street. All makes and models are welcome, including both vintage and modern vehicles. Contact Bruce and Peg Wacker for more information.
Friday will start bright and early with the Mustang Breakfast, where local law enforcement officers and public officials will dish out eggs and bacon to hungry people on their way to the many planned events of the day. Breakfast will be from 6 to 10 a.m. Friday and 6 to 9 a.m. Saturday at the Lovell Fire Hall.
Family Fun Night will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lovell’s Constitution Park. For 25 cents per ticket, kids can visit a variety of games and compete for prizes. Stormy Jameson is in charge of the event this year and Mangus said a few things will be different than past years, like new prizes and games.
Serious rodeo spectators will be sure to make it to the rodeo Calcutta at 8 p.m. at the Diamond J Bar to bid on their favorite competitors for a chance to make money at Saturday’s rodeo.
At 8:30 p.m., the Cowley Boys will take the stage on a flatbed trailer to play for the street dance held at the parking lot of Minchow’s Food Court.
High school aged teens will have an event to call their own from 9 p.m. to midnight. The Teen Night Out will be at Constitution Park and will feature many inflatable games, organizer Naomi Burns said, including sumo wrestling, boxing, inflatable horse racing, a dunk tank and a flying money booth. She said tickets will be handed out to anyone who stops by, and a raffle for a chance at the money booth will be drawn every half-hour. Burns said winners must be present to claim the trip to the booth.
The Ralph Robertson Memorial Fun Run will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday, with sign-in at 6:30. Entry fee is $10 for pre-registration or $15 the day of the race. Call Joe Koritnik at 548-7023 for information.
Kids should report to the Hyart at 10 a.m. to line up and participate in the Kiddie Parade, beginning at 10:30 Saturday. Kiddies are encouraged to show up in creative costumes or ride their bikes and don’t need to register for the parade, which will go west on Main Street, ending past the LDS Church.
The Rose Parade will begin shortly after, at 11 a.m. on Main Street. RJ May is in charge of the parade this year and entries include a combined band of musicians from around the Big Horn Basin, directed by Dane Mickelson, Senior VIPS Eva and Tom Wagner. Entry to the parade is free and there is still time to enter, Mangus said.
Many will hit up the Mustang Barbeque following the parade for $3 sandwiches at noon at Walker’s Service Center.
The Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center will help validate the Mustang Days celebration with an event featuring wild mustangs. The public is invited to the mustang center from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday for games, activities, educational presentations and to view the famous mustangs.
Foster Gulch Golf Course will host the Mustang Days Golf Tournament beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday. Contact Ralph Winland at 548-7344 for information.
For an entry fee of $30, shooters can compete for food and fun at the hamburger trap shoot at the Lovell Shooting Range at 2 p.m. Saturday. Call Suzanne Wilson at 548-6397 for information.
The Rodeo will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lovell Rodeo Grounds and will feature the stock lineup of roping and riding events, including mutton bustin’ for adventurous youngsters. Call Brandy Tippetts at 548-6192 for more information.
The long day will be capped with a brilliant fireworks display at Horseshoe Bend beginning at dusk. Sponsored each year by the Lovell Volunteer Fire Department, donations are requested for the show.
For those with the energy and pale skin left to burn, the Demolition Derby will begin at 1 p.m. at the Lovell Rodeo Grounds. Admission is $5 per person, with kids 5 and under free. The north Big Horn County Search and Rescue Team sponsors the event each year. Call 548-2409 for information.
By Brad Devereaux