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Wagons Ho! Wagon Days Return to Ketchum

Runs through Monday, Sept. 2


OK, so the Wood River Valley has kind of been on fire for a while now, but in a display of true Western grit, the organizers of Wagon Days aren't letting a little smoke get in their way.

The area's annual Labor Day weekend celebration marking the community's mining past will go on as planned Wednesday, Aug. 28-Monday, Sept. 2, in Sun Valley and Ketchum, with food, the wagon parade, music and more. And sweet mother of all things well-groomed, not only does Wagon Days include antiques, art shows and a duck race, but there's also a beard and mustache competition. Repeat: Beard. And. Mustache. Competition. At this point, you should be asking yourself why you're still in Boise.

The 55th annual Wagon Days kicks off Wednesday, Aug. 28, with a party in Ketchum Town Square, complete with music, food and a poster signing by artist Steve Snyder. Thursday, Aug. 29, means another evening party with more live music.

Arts, crafts and antiques shows run Friday, Aug. 30-Monday, Sept. 2, and Western Words and Music brings cowboy poets and fiddlers to town on Friday. Saturday starts with a pancake breakfast and children's carnival followed by the highlight of the festival--the Big Hitch Parade--beginning at 1 p.m. It's the largest nonmotorized parade in the Northwest and includes the massive Lewis Ore wagons pulled by a 20-mule jerkline. The day also features the Silver Car Auction, rodeo action and an evening street dance.

Those with gifted facial hair will also be in the spotlight on Saturday with the Beard and Mustache Competition, beginning at 10 a.m. with the winners selected by popular vote.