’49er weekend has arrived in Greybull

by nathan oster

“Greybull Needs More Cowboys” is the theme of Greybull’s annual Days of ’49 celebration which begin today (Thursday, June 6) with duck races and the annual tug-of-war competition in front of Lisa’s restaurant.

It’s just the start of the festivities.  Three more fun-filled days follow.

Here’s a closer look at all the things that are going on this weekend in Greybull.


Thursday, June 7

Tonight’s spotlight shines on Lisa’s, which hosts the Tug-of-Warcompetition starting at 6 p.m. If you haven’t seen this event in the past, the strongest and toughest men, women and children battle it out as they try to emerge victorious and avoid getting soaked. Lisa’s is coordinating the event. Anyone who would like to participate or sign up as a team can do so on the night of the competition at Lisa’s. There is no entry fee.

Greybull Needs a Pool is selling tickets for a Duck Racethat will be held in conjunction with the tug-of-war. The duck race will end at the East River Bridge.  Tickets are $5 apiece, three for $12 or five for $20.  To the purchasers of the winning ducks will go $300 for first, $200 for second and $100 for third.   All proceeds will be used to support the swimming pool under construction at the corner of South Fifth Street and First Avenue South. To purchase a ticket, contact a member of the pool committee.


Friday, June 8

The Lisa Kunkel Photography studio and gallery in downtown Greybull will be hosting at reception for its Western Art Showcase and Salebetween 4 and 7 p.m. There will be food, drinks and live music.  The sale features world-renowned and local artists and will go on all weekend —  10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Herb Asp Community Center will be the site of a two-daygun show, sponsored by the Greybull Recreation District.  Show times are 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The show features a variety of guns, knives, hunting and sporting gear, self-defense, ammunition, and more.  There is no admission fee. For more information call 765-9575 or email greyrec@tctwest.net.

Later that night, the rodeo grounds will be where the action is.  The annual Days of ’49 Rodeo, part of the 2019 Big Horn Basin Rodeo Circuit,starts at 7 p.m.  The event will begin with the crowning of the Days of ’49 queen, Dusty Miller of Cowley, and princess, Mataia Henderson of Greybull. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 13.


Saturday, June 9

If you like cars, you’re going to love the Greybull Car Show, which runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Cars will be lined up on Greybull Avenue from NAPA east three blocks to the Yellowstone Motel, across the street to Lisa’s, then west three blocks to the Community Outreach.  The cars will be featured in their own parade starting at 10:15 a.m.

Dedicated to the memory of the late G&F wildlife biologist in Greybull, the Tom Easterly Memorial Softball Tournamentwill be a two-day affair again this year. Games start Saturday morning at the Art Schutte Sports Complex.It’ll again be a co-ed, one-pitch format.  For more information about the tournament, contact John Velasquez, (307) 431-5004, or Rich Velasquez, (307) 388-4002.

The Summer Fair starts at 10 a.m. in the parking lot across the street from Town Hall and it will continue until the vendors decide to shut it down for the day. For more information, contact the town, 765-9431.

“Greybull Needs More Cowboys” is the theme of this year’s parades.   The Greybull Recreation District is organizing the annual Kiddie Parade. Children of all ages are invited. Bicycles, motorized vehicles, walkers and strollers are welcome.  Costumes and themes are encouraged.  There will be trophies awarded for the Best Bike, Greatest Use of Theme and Best Costume. The fun will begin at 10:15 a.m.  Participants will line up in the Bank of Greybull parking lot and promenade to the Greybull library, led by recreation district staff.  Parents can collect their children on the library lawn with plenty of time to find a place to watch the main parade afterwards.  There is no fee or pre-registration.

The Main Paradewill follow at 10:30 a.m.  The Catholic church will be the starting point. The parade will follow its traditional course — south to the stoplight, then east on Greybull Avenue.  Dick Gifford has been named the grand marshal, as for many years he’s been the provider of bucking broncs and bulls for the rodeo. For more information about the parade, contact Ronna Collingwood at Big Horn Federal, 765-4412.

Competitors from across the region will converge on the Greybull rodeo grounds for a qualifying event on the 2019 Junior World Finalsjunior bull riding circuit.  The first round starts at 2 p.m., the short go at 6 p.m.  Greybull’s only Jayce Sorensen, a JNFR qualifier a year ago, will be among the competitors.  Admission is $5.

Also at 2 p.m., The Shack will be hosting a Frisbee Golf Tournamentat the East Bridge Landing Park.  This is a free event and all ages are welcome.  There will be prizes and awards.

“The Cowley Boys” will perform for the evening street dance, which starts at 8:30 p.m. on the west end of Greybull Avenue. In the event of inclement weather, it’ll be moved to the Herb Asp Community Center. Admission to the street dance is $5 per person.


Sunday, June 9

The SHACK, Greybull Alliance Church, Shell Cowboy Church, Shell Community Church, First Presbyterian Church, Grace Fellowship Church, Grace Southern Baptist Church and Greybull First Baptist Church are hosting the annual Worship in the ParkSunday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m.   Bring lawn chairs for the service and come early for the sweet/coffee fellowship time at 10 a.m.  Bring a pastry to share; coffee/tea/water will be provided. James Scott, pastor of the Shell Cowboy Church, will be the preacher.

Today brings the first drag racing event of the season to the South Big Horn County Airport. Check-in starts at 8 a.m. and the hope is that first race goes off around 10 a.m. Admission is $5. Kids 6 and under are free.  If you want to watch the races, take U.S. Highway 14-16-20, turn at the Greybull Rest Area, cross the cattle guard and turn left.  A sign will point you in the right direction for parking.

The South Big Horn County Hospital Kids Rodeo and Merchants Ropingstarts at 11 a.m. at the rodeo grounds.  Enter at 10:30 a.m.  Among the kids rodeo attractions are stick horse races, barrel racing, a boot race and dummy roping. The ‘49er committee is still looking for teams to compete in the merchants roping. Contact Ronna Collingwood at Big Horn Federal or Sherri Wilkinson at Ram’s Head Insurance for information or to sign up.















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