May 9 -11 , 2014
Celebrating its 69th year, Winthrop's 49er Days is a celebration of our rich western and horse history. It kicks off with the annual Ride the Rendezvous, week-long horsepacking excursion through the Methow Valley high country. As the horse-train enters Winthrop on the final day, the community comes out to celebrate their arrival back home.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, May 9
The Ride to Rendevous teamsters and horseback riders will kick-off ’49er Days by riding down the West Chewuch Road to the Winthrop Barn and into town at high noon on their way back to the rodeo grounds off Twin Lakes Road.
Saturday, May 10
11am: The ’49er Days Parade with more pack strings than any parade in the state, plenty of horses, floats, a band or two, old-time vehicles and whatever else. The announcers will be at the main intersection. Games and entertainment for young people will take place in front of Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe after the parade.
Noon (or so): The action moves to the Winthrop Park, where the Washington Outfitters and Guides Association will have their camps set up. A group of mountain men will have a nearby encampment. The Snowmobile Association will sell brats and hot dogs and the Winthrop Kiwanis will sell barbecue sandwiches.
The fun continues all afternoon with vendors selling Western motif and other items as well as activities for the kids.
2pm: Washington Outfitters and Guides Association’s live auction. Cowboy-themed items, among other goodies, will go to the highest bidder.
5 pm: The outfitters and guides will serve their annual Cowboy Campfire Dinner. Tickets available at the event, which includes a steak and samples of food from all the outfitter display camps - a sort of Bite of the Backcountry preview of what to expect on a guided backcountry trip.
7-9 pm: “Around the Campfire,” featuring singing, story-telling and cowboy poetry. At the Barn. Sponsored by the Washington Outfitters Guides Association. Admission fee at the gate.
9:30 pm: Barn Association’s annual family-oriented dance. At the Winthrop Barn
Sunday, May 11
8-10 am: Washington Outfitters and Guides Association serves a Mother’s Day cowboy breakfast in the Winthrop Park. Tickets available at the door.
10 am: Also in the Winthrop Park is a Packing Competition. Competitors will show how fast and well they can wrap gear and load a mule to be trail-ready. The winner receives a set of silver spurs.
Washington Outfitters and Guides Association’s live auction continues until 2 p.m
Please visit the Washington Outfitters & Guides Association website for more details on the Ride the Rendezvous and the history of this fine organization.
Sponsors of this event include:
Hanks Harvest Foods, WOGA, Winthrop Chamber of Commerce