July 22, 2019 Press Release

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


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.

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