The Fourth Annual Big Horn Basin Folk Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, 2018, in Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming. There is still time to sign up to participate as an artist or vendor or food purveyor. The Festival attracts large local and tourist crowds.
The Festival program already includes a robust line-up of Wyoming’s own artists, craftsmen, musicians, storytellers, artisan and guild members demonstrations, and hands-on activities for the whole family. Supported in part by a grant from thinkWY | Wyoming Humanities, a new feature at this year’s Festival is “Pioneer Tales: Memories of the Past” on Saturday and Sunday, sponsored by Hot Springs County Pioneer Association. Ghost Tales on Saturday evening at the Pavilion is another new event this year.
The Kiwanis Craft Fair and Trading Post will include items for sale as well as the Food Court and both will be open on Saturday and Sunday. Interested vendors are encouraged to contact Linda Herrin firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to sign up for space.
The festival is part of the Gift of the Waters Pageant Days week-end. The Pageant tells how the hot springs were transferred to the state by the Native Americans on the Wind River Reservation. It will be performed starting at 6pm in the area around the Big Spring, Saturday and Sunday evening and is free and open to the public. T-Shirts for both the Folk Festival and the Pageant are available to buy in advance at Thermopolis Print Zone/Discover Thermopolis, 521 Broadway.
The Big Horn Basin Folk Festival is open to the public without charge. It is sponsored by Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation, Kiwanis International and Hot Springs State Park with support from National Endowment of the Arts, Wyoming Arts Council, IMtour, Wyoming Independent Music Initiative and Hot Springs Travel & Tourism. Additional support is from Hot Springs County Education Endowment, Las Fuentes, Thrivent Financial and Pinnacle Bank.