'49er Days

Mother's Day weekend in May is the 72nd annual '49er Days Celebration. Winthrop will be filled with living history when packers and pack trains, cowboys, cowgirls, and an entire wagon train all converge for three days of western events and fun.

'49er Days

May 12 -14 , 2017

Celebrating its 72nd year, Winthrop's 49er Days is a celebration of our rich western and horse history. The event kicks off with the annual Ride the Rendezvous, a week-long horsepacking excursion through the Methow Valley high country which rides May 1-5. (Contact woga.org to join in this event)   As the horse-train enters Winthrop on the final day, the community comes out to celebrate their arrival back home.

On Saturday, Winthrop celebrates it's rich Western history with a grand parade including the largest representation by horses of any parade in Washington State. Saturday is full of activities for the kids, the cowboys and the cowgirls.

On Sunday, the cowboys help you celebrate Mother's Day with more events and activities. All the events are open to the public. Don't miss this historical celebration!   

Schedule of Events: 

Friday, May 5

  • 12:00pm Noon the Ride to Rendevous teamsters and horseback riders will kick-off ’49er Days by riding into downtown.  
  • 7:00pm Coranation of the Royalty at the Winthrop Barn.  Music & Meladrama.  

Saturday, May 6 

Activities in Downtown Winthrop

  • 10:30am: Vigilanties and West Coast Country Heat perform downtown in front of Jacks Saloon.
  • 11:00am The ’49er Days Parade begins through main street with more pack strings than any parade in the state, plenty of horses, floats, a band or two, old-time vehicles and much more. Join the parade!  
  • Following the parade at 12:00 noon kids can join in old fashioned games in front of Sheri's Sweet Shoppe including egg toss, pie eating contest, international gummy bear spitting and more. 

Activities in the Winthrop Park and Barn starting at 12:00 noon: 

  • Outfitter Display Camps and Packing Demonstrations  
  • 1:00pm Lauralee Northcott Cowboy Songs and Poetry, local musicians and members of Columbia Chapter of Western Music Association in the band shell. 
  • Crafts and Merchandise Vendors 
  • 12:00pm -2:00pm food services available in the park. Hot Dogs and Brats provided by the Methow Valley Snowmobile Assocaiton, pulled pork by the Kiwanis.  
  • 5:00-6:30pm Outfitter Dinner in the Park, cost $25.00 
  • 7:00 - 9:00pm "Around the Campfire" cowboy poetry, music and stories. In the Barn, cost $10
  • 9:30pm Country Western Family Dance in the Barn, cost $5 

Sunday, May 7

In the Winthrop Park

  • 8:00am -10:00am: Washington Outfitters and Guides Association serves a Mother’s Day cowboy breakfast in the Winthrop Park.  Cost $10.00 
  • 10:00am- 2:00pm Live Auction and State Packing Competition.  Competitors will show how fast and well they can wrap gear and load a mule.

Please visit the Washington Outfitters & Guides Association website for more details on the Ride the Rendezvous and the history of this fine organization.  Vendors should also contact WOGA

2017 49er Parade Entry Form will be added to this site a month before the event.  

2017 Sponsors of this event include: 

Washington Outfitters and Guide Association, Aspen Grove, Bear Creek Equestrian Center, Bear Creek Golf Course, Browns Farm, Common Sense Custom Homers, Freestone Inn,  KOZI Radio, Methow Valley KOA, Pardners Mini Mart, Pine Near RV Park, Rivers Edge Resort, Winthrop Physical Therapy, Karen's Family Salon, Miss Kitty's Old Time Photos, Donna Martin Dressmaker, and the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce.