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July 22, 2019 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 22, 2019 For more information: Linda Herrin, jandlherr@rtconnect.net or bighornbasinfolkfestival@gmail.com

KIDS ACTIVITIES AT BIG HORN BASIN FOLK FESTIVAL IN HOT SPRINGS STATE PARK FIRST WEEK-END IN AUGUST

The Fifth Annual Big Horn Basin Folk Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, 2019, in Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming. The Festival includes music, storytelling and recollections, art activities and demonstrations for all ages, a craft fair and Trading Post, and food vendors.

There are lots of activities for kids of all ages at the Folk Festival on both Saturday and Sunday, starting with local favorite John Herrin teaching how to rope a steer head. Look for John near the Art Activity Tent to learn how to rope like a cowboy on Saturday from 11am to 12 noon and on Sunday from 10am to 11am. On Saturday, from 12 noon to 2pm near the Art Activity Tent, Smoking Waters Art Guild member Cindy Clancy will guide kids in painting rocks. Cindy is also a local favorite known for her themed painting on saws, kitchenware, and other artifacts. Storytellers will be telling children’s’ stories that are fun for all ages at the Storytelling Circle on Saturday from 2pm to 3pm and Sunday from 1pm to 2pm. The Color Thermopolis Mural will be set up all day, near the Storytelling Circle, on both days too.

Families can learn to country swing dance with Nikole Wohlmacher at 3pm at the Pavilion on Saturday. Nikole, from Lander, is a regular host of country western swing dancing there. Come back to the Pavilion on Saturday around 7:30pm, after the Gift of the Waters Pageant, to hear Scary Stories in the Park. Storytellers, ghosts and ghouls will tell spine tingling tales. Come if you dare!

The Sunday lineup of kids’ activities starts with the steer head roping with John Herrin near the art Activity Tent at 10am. At 11am, in the Master Craftmens’ Tent, kids can make a leather bookmark with Von Ringler. Von hails from Clark and well-known for his custom leather designs. The Storytellers will be at the Storytelling Circle again at 1pm,

with fun tales for all ages. And Join V, the Gypsy Cowbelle for a musical play and a sing along using handmade instruments by the Art Activity Tent from 2pm to 3:30pm

There will also be full days of musical performances, storytelling and historical retelling, craft demonstrations, an art and crafts fair, the Trading Post, and food vendors on Saturday and Sunday. The festival is open to the public without charge. Sponsors include the Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Thermopolis, and Hot Springs State Park with support from, Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming Humanities Council, Pinnacle Bank, Las Fuentes, Big Horn Federal, and Hot Springs Travel & Tourism.

Food will be available throughout the day on both days. The Thermopolis Kiwanis Club will serve their always popular burgers and brats lunch on Saturday and a Food Court will feature a variety of eats on both Saturday and Sunday.

The festival is held the same weekend as the Gift of the Waters Pageant Days. The Pageant tells how the hot springs were given to the state by the Native Americans on the Wind River Reservation. It will be performed starting around 6 pm in the area around the Big Spring, Saturday and Sunday evening. Contact bighornbasinfolkfestival@gmail.com for specific inquiries or visit wyomingfolkfestival.com . Applications for vendor space in the Kiwanis Art Fair and the Trading Post can be downloaded from the festival website. Applications will be accepted through July 27, 2019

Note: The schedule and lineups are subject to change. A more detailed roster of artists, performers, and programs will be published closer to the event. Look for the program insert in the August 1 Thermopolis Independent Record.

July 15, 2019 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2019

For more information: Linda Herrin, jandlherr@rtconnect.net or bighornbasinfolkfestival@gmail.com

BIG HORN BASIN FOLK FESTIVAL IN HOT SPRINGS STATE PARK FIRST WEEK-END IN AUGUST ANNOUNCES MUSIC PERFORMANCES LINEUP

The Fifth Annual Big Horn Basin Folk Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, 2019, in Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming.

The music lineup for the Big Horn Basin Folk Festival brings a multitude of talent to the Pavilion stage in Hot Springs State Park on both Saturday and Sunday.  There will be performances, including dancing, from roughly 11am to 5:30pm on Saturday and from 10am to 5:30pm on Sunday.

Saturday, MC’ed by Drew Brown who heads music and choir for our schools, has shaped up with Dan Haley (Worland) who performs blues and other favorites; and Dr. Mongo (Thermopolis), with his eclectic covers.  Harold Hutson (Thermopolis) and friends will also take the stage.  Nikole Wohlmacher (Lander), a regular host of country western swing dancing, will perform and teach.  And members of the Wyoming Chapter of the International Western Music Association (IWMA) will be on board to perform.  This will include members “V”, The Gypsy Cowbelle (Thermopolis) a familiar face and the organizer of the members who are participating.  They are Jerry Bell (Riverton), a longtime Wyoming cowboy and lover of music & cowboy poetry; Almeda Bradshaw (Huntley, MT), who has performed at cowboy gatherings throughout the west for over two decades; John Sidle (Jackson) who features classic ‘40s and ‘50s western tunes from the movies and Tin Pan Alley, as well as the best of our contemporary cowboy singer/songwriters; and Ramblin’ Rangers (Hot Springs, SD), Brad and BonnieJo Exton, former Forest and Park Rangers, who share songs and lore of the West.

An equally exciting Sunday lineup, MC’ed by our own Eric Kay, wearer of many hats in our schools, will bring back members of the Wyoming Chapter of the IWMA “V”, the Gypsy Cowbelle, Almeda Bradshaw, John Sidle and Ramblin’ Rangers.  The Songbirds (Thermopolis) will share their renditions of  spiritual and gospel music.  Connie Dover (Sunshine Basin) will take the stage, with her Scots, Irish and American traditional ballads.  And we will have more Western Swing Dancing with Nikole Wohlmacher.  Harold Hutson and Friends will entertain again.  We may be lucky and get MC Eric Kay to perform.  Our own John Brooks, Silvertip Digital Sound Reinforcement, will provide the sound system.

The festival is open to the public without charge. Sponsors include the Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Thermopolis, and Hot Springs State Park with support from, Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming Humanities Council, Pinnacle Bank, Las Fuentes, Big Horn Federal, and Hot Springs Travel & Tourism.

Food will be available throughout the day on both days. The Thermopolis Kiwanis Club will serve their always popular burgers and brats lunch on Saturday and a Food Court will feature a variety of eats on both Saturday and Sunday.

The festival is held the same weekend as the Gift of the Waters Pageant Days. The Pageant tells how the hot springs were given to the state by the Native Americans on the Wind River Reservation. It will be performed starting around 6 pm in the area around the Big Spring, Saturday and Sunday evening.

Contact bighornbasinfolkfestival@gmail.com for specific inquiries or visit wyomingfolkfestival.com .  Applications for vendor space in the Kiwanis Art Fair and the Trading Post can be downloaded from the festival website.  Applications will be accepted through July 27, 2019

Note:  Performers lineup is subject to change.  A more detailed roster of artists, performers, and programs will be published closer to the event.

July 8, 2019 Press Release

BIG HORN BASIN FOLK FESTIVAL IN HOT SPRINGS STATE PARK FIRST WEEK-END IN AUGUST CELEBRATES HERSTORY AND YEAR OF THE WYOMING WOMAN WITH STORYTELLING
The Fifth Annual Big Horn Basin Folk Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 3 and 4, 2019, in Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming.
As part of the state-wide celebration of the Year of Wyoming Women-the 150th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, The Storytelling Circle at the Festival will present amazing stories about “Women in Herstory”. They will showcase Wyoming women’s special place in the history of the Big Horn Basin region and our state. Storytellers will focus on narratives and skits about women who settled Wyoming and women who contributed to the growth of our state through politics, medicine, homesteading, and as entrepreneurs. A story or two may even be told about female outlaws and other ruffians! Storytelling takes on a bit of a twist Saturday night with the telling of ghost stories beginning around 7:30pm (after the Gift of the Waters Pageant). Jonathan Gottschall, an American literary scholar specializing in literature and evolution, wrote: “We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.” A good concept to keep in mind when we listen to the ghost stories!
The raconteurs and fabulists will be coming from Clark, Basin, Cody, Riverton and Thermopolis. Several will present in costumes created by Suzi Sellers from Clark. We may even hear from “Lilian Heath”, who was the first woman physician in the state of Wyoming and one of the first to practice medicine west of the Mississippi River. She is notorious for having used the top of the skull of outlaw Big Nose George Parrott as a doorstop and pen jar. Several Speech and Debate team members from the High School will also share their narrative talents during the day. Added to the schedule this year will be Children’s Story Hour, each day, with interactive stories for children.
The festival is open to the public without charge. Sponsors include the Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Thermopolis, and Hot Springs State Park with support from, Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming Humanities Council, Pinnacle Bank, Las Fuentes, Big Horn Federal, and Hot Springs Travel & Tourism.
Food will be available throughout the day on both days. The Thermopolis Kiwanis Club will serve their always popular burgers and brats lunch on Saturday and a Food Court will feature a variety of eats on both Saturday and Sunday.
The festival is held the same weekend as the Gift of the Waters Pageant Days. The Pageant tells how the hot springs were given to the state by the Native Americans on the Wind River Reservation. It will be performed starting around 6 pm in the area around the Big Spring, Saturday and Sunday evening.
Contact bighornbasinfolkfestival@gmail.com for specific inquiries or visit wyomingfolkfestival.com . Applications for vendor space in the Kiwanis Art Fair and the Trading Post can be downloaded from the festival website. Applications will be accepted through July 27, 2019
Note: A more detailed roster of artists, performers, and programs will be published closer to the event.