Get ready for the Days of ’49

by nathan oster

“All Roads Lead to the Days of ‘49” is the theme of Greybull’s annual summer celebration which opens today (Thursday, June 9) with duck and kayak races as well as the annual tug-of-war competition in front of Lisa’s restaurant.

It’s just the first of four fun-filled days in Greybull.

Here’s a closer look at this year’s schedule of events.


Thursday, June 9

Tonight’s spotlight shines on Lisa’s, which hosts the tug-of-war competition 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 avoid getting soaked and emerge victorious. 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 Race that will be held in conjunction with the tug-of-war. Tickets are being sold at $5 for one or $12 for three. The goal is to sell 500 ducks, and as of Tuesday, organizers were on track to do so. The duck race will end at the East River Bridge. Lisa’s is also coordinating a kayak race that will also be happening at the same time.


Friday, June 10

The Herb Asp Community Center will be the site of a two-day gun show, sponsored by the Greybull Recreation District. The show will feature a variety of guns, knives, hunting and sporting gear, self-defense, ammunition and more. Show times are 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 10 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 11. For more information call 765-9575 or email

Later that night, the rodeo grounds will be where the action is Friday as the open rodeo starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for kids under 13. The Days of ’49 queen and princess will be crowned at the beginning of the rodeo.


Saturday, June 11

The Steps for Autism fun run/walk leads off a busy Saturday slate. Intended to raise awareness about autism, the event starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Greybull High School track. Kellie Harrington is coordinating it.

Dedicated to the memory of the late G&F wildlife biologist in Greybull, the Tom Easterly Memorial Softball Tournament will be a two-day affair. Games are expected to start around 9 a.m. Saturday at the Art Schutte Sports Complex. As of June 3, 12 teams had signed up. It’ll again be a co-ed, one-pitch format. Organizer John Velasquez said anyone who would like to play should contact him, (307) 431-5004. He said he’ll try to find a spot for everyone.

The Summer Fair starts at 10 a.m., but will be in a new location this year in the parking lot across the street from Town Hall. Bev Jacobs, who works for the town, is coordinating the fair. She said if you have something to sell, she’ll take registrations through the end of the day Friday, June 10. The fee is $10. All proceeds go to the Days of ’49 committee. The fair will run until about 4 p.m.

“All Roads Lead to the Days of ’49” is the theme of this year’s parades.

For the kiddie parade, children of all ages are invited to bring their bikes, wagons, strollers, motorized vehicles, or feet to join in the festivities. 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 a.m. Participants will line up in the Bank of Greybull parking lot and promenade to the Greybull Public Library. 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.   For more information call 765-9575 or email

Artist Ann Hanson has been chosen as the grand marshal of the main parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m. near the Catholic church. It’ll follow its traditional course — south to the stoplight, then east on Greybull Avenue.

Immediately after the parade, the Friends of the Greybull Library will host the dedication of an original sculpture that was the creation of Greybull native Hillary Jones. The sculpture, named ‘Desert Perseverance,’ is being put in front of the library. The dedication will also feature fiddlers music and cowboy chow.

And if you’re visiting town and haven’t done so already, the Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting will be open between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. More than 8,000 people toured the museum last year. See for yourself what all the talk is about.

One of the most popular additions to the ‘49er lineup in recent years has been the classic car show. Many of the cars will be in the parade and they’ll also be parked along main street afterwards for the public’s enjoyment. Hours are from 11:30 to 4 p.m.

Registration for the Shack’s third annual, and seventh overall, Zombie Survival Run begins at 1:30 p.m. at the East Bridge Landing Park by the boat dock.  All participants must have a signed release of liability form and minors must have a legal guardian sign for them.  Forms are available online at Cost is $10 for runners (grades six through adult) and $5 for zombies (Grades nine through adult).  The race is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.  Top finishers will receive rewards.

The Kids Rodeo and Merchants Roping starts at 2 p.m. at the rodeo grounds.   As of early this week, the ‘49er committee was still looking for teams to compete in the merchants roping. Among the kids rodeo attractions are stick horse races, barrel racing, a boot race and dummy roping.

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 12

The First Baptist, Grace Fellowship, Grace Southern Baptist and Greybull Alliance churches will sponsor the annual Worship in the Park Sunday, June 12 at 10:30 a.m. The service will include music, a prayer for our nation by Dave Seratt and a message from God’s word by Cathy Bayert. A potluck picnic will follow the service. Those attending should take lawn chairs and a “picnic-type” dish to share. Pastor Dave Havener said, “This is a great opportunity for our community to come together around the things that matter most in this world.”

The Shack is planning a Frisbee golf tournament that afternoon, starting at 2 p.m. The tournament will be held on the East Bridge Landing course in Greybull. Entry fee is $20. There will be awards. There are no registration forms; just show up to play. All ages are welcome; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.