“Buckboards and Petticoats” is the theme of this weekend’s ’49er Days celebration (May 9 – 11), presented by Washington Outfitters and Guides Association and the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce.
Winthrop’s 69th annual tribute to our Western heritage will surely deliver on its promise of horse-drawn conveyances, frilly finery and 10-gallon hats. Add some strings of pack mules and lots of horses, fire trucks, cowboy poets, western dancers, games, food and live music, and the weekend should provide entertainment and activities to satisfy all members of the family.
Keep this schedule of events handy, so you don’t miss out on any of the fun.
10:30am: Secure a spot along Riverside Avenue, and get in the parade spirit with the West Coast Country Heat line dancers and the Western Vigilantes.
11am: Practice your parade wave as the buggies, beasts, bicycles and bands make their way through town. Stick around for old-fashioned games in front of Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe after the parade.
Noon: Stroll over to the town park for events all afternoon:
• outfitters, packers and mountain men display camps
• kids’ activities
• live Western music at the band shell
• bratwurst, hotdogs and pulled pork sandwiches until 2pm
• craft vendors
• Fairfax Junior High School band at 4:30pm
5pm: Have an authentic chuck wagon steak dinner in the park, $20.
7pm: Listen to cowboy poetry, music and stories “Around the Campfire” in the Barn, $10.
9:30pm: Dance to live country-western music in the Barn, all ages, $5.
8am: Enjoy a Mother’s Day cowboy breakfast in the park, $10.
10am: Cheer for the outfitters in the State Packing Competition and bid at the live auction in the park.