Signature Events Calendar Round-Up May 07, 2013

Family-Friendly Festivities Offer a Slice of American Pie in Southwest Wyoming

Sweetwater County, Wyo.Sweetwater County has released its signature events lineup for 2013. These yearly summer shindigs draw visitors from across the country for a taste of authentic American culture and heritage. For a complete schedule and additional event information, visit the Sweetwater County Events Page.

Flaming Gorge Days – June 27-29 – Green River
The first days of summer are “Flaming Gorge Days” in Sweetwater County, which has ushered in summer with this festival since 1977. The city of Green River with the Chamber of Commerce presents three days packed with activities for the whole family including golf, dodge ball, volleyball and basketball tournaments, a festival in the park, evening concerts, children's entertainment, a parade and much more.

15th Annual International Day – July 13 – Rock Springs
One day is almost not enough to celebrate Rock Springs' diverse cultural heritage. Nicknamed the “Home of 56 Nationalities”, the town hosts this free event at Bunning Park. It features ethnic entertainment, kids activities, vendors and food booths.

65th Annual National High School Finals Rodeo – July 14-20 – Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs
The National High School Finals Rodeo is the largest rodeo in the world, exhibiting 13 performances over seven days. More than 1,500 young competitors from 41 states, Canada and Australia come to show off their skills for thousands of spectators. Buy tickets and reserve lodging well in advance for this popular event.

Wyoming's Big Show – July 25-Aug.4 – Sweetwater Events Complex, Rock Springs
The Sweetwater County Fair is really a big deal. Named one of the top 200 events in the nation by Event Business News Magazine, the county fair was also recognized as the top event in the whole state. Visitors will experience all the fun of a fair southwest Wyoming-style including rodeo action, carnival rides, a variety of food options, evening concerts and 4-H and livestock exhibits.

6th Annual Blues n' Brews Festival – Aug. 10 – Rock Springs
National blues bands and local and regional breweries come together to form one tasty and toe-tapping summer festival for live music and beer fans alike. Downtown Rock Springs turns Bunning Park into the coolest blues bar in the West with the Eric Jerardi Band headlining this year's music lineup. All profits and donations benefit the Urban Renewal Agency Main Street Program to foster economic and social vitality in downtown Rock Springs.

11th Annual River Festival – Aug. 16-17 – Green River
The city of Green River and Chamber of Commerce honor its watery namesake with yearly festivities. This year, the event will run in conjunction with Art on the Green which includes an art competition, silent auction and kids' activities. The festival brings back fan-favorites, including the Cajun Shrimp Boil, spaghetti dinner, Great Duck Race, annual marathon and fun run, car show, vendors and live entertainment. From food and music to dogs and cars, there is something for everyone!

Wyoming State NBHA Finals – Sept. 27-29 – Sweetwater Events Complex
The National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) presents the Wyoming State Barrel Racing Finals at the Sweetwater Events Complex. Spectators at this event understand why Rock Springs was named one of the top 10 small town barrel racing destinations by Barrel Horse News Magazine. Participants from around the state will compete in various events with top finishers in each division earning cash and prizes.

About Sweetwater County
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country,” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.


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Gaylene Ore, Ore Communications, 970.812.8733, gaylene@orecommunications.com
Jenissa Bartlett, Sweetwater Travel & Tourism, 307.382.2538, jbartlett@tourwyoming.com

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