July 15, 2019 Press Release

By July 15, 2019News Release, Uncategorized


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


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.

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