Ella Marie Hayes
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Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo

Encampment, Wyo., will be celebrating the 51st Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 at the Lions Club Arena as they again recognize the valley's timber and tie cutting heritage as well as the ranching influence in the area.

A parade will kick off the festivities at 9 a.m., on Saturday morning. The parade will follow the traditional route, starting in Encampment and proceeding through Riverside. No advance registration is required, but participants should meet at 8:30 for float judging.

Floyd and Josie Roberson and Leonard Clark will serve as the 2011 Grand Marshalls for the parade. Michelle Hooker will reign as the 2011 Jamboree Queen. Keyton Nash-Putnam was selected as Lady-in-Waiting.

Woodchopper events will start at 10 a.m., Saturday morning after the parade and at 9 a.m., on Sunday. Admission is $7 per day; Children under 12 are free.  All proceeds are used for Civic Projects.

Men and women will compete in the various Woodchopping competitions while putting on quite a show for spectators. In addition, a Pole Climbing Exhibition will be featured each day.

The Rocky Mountain Championship Lumberjack Trophy will be awarded to the lumberjack compiling the most points during the two day contest. A prize will also be given for the all-around woman.

The all around points winner is based on a two day combined total with cash prizes for  First, Second, and Third place events. There is over $2,000 added purse for Woodchopping Events.

Although the Encampment-Riverside Lions Club sponsors the overall weekend activities, additional sponsors for logging related activities include: Thompson Logging; West Range Reclamation; Old West Log Cabins; Mangy Moose Saloon; Shively's North; the Town of Encampment; Coors Beer; Wyoming Diesel; L&T Consulting; Lazy Acres Campground; Schroeder Construction, LLC; PMPC Engineering; and Platte Valley Forest Management-John and Brian Anderson.

Point events include Tree Felling, Two-Man Handsaw Tree Felling, Two-Man Handsaw, Two-Woman Handsaw, One-Man Handsaw, Man & Woman Handsaw Team, Choker Setting, Medium Class Modified Chainsaw, Axe Chopping, Pole Throw, Axe Throw, and Power Saw Log Bucking. Non-point events include Power Saw Log Bucking-Open class-Anything goes, and Mad Loggers Chainsaw Throw.

The entry fee is $10 per person for each event per day. For more information about woodchopper events, please e-mail Ron Harvey at WoodChoppersJamboree@yahoo.com or call (970) 210-2955.

A popular activity offered for younger children during the Woodchoppers' action is a treasure hunt for coins planted in a sawdust pit. Older youth look forward to trying their skill at climbing a greased pole to reach money tacked to the top. The crowd enjoys watching the cooperation between contestants as they struggle up the pole for the prize.

The Encampment Riverside Lions will serve their traditional barbecue lunch all afternoon for an additional charge each day, starting at 11:30 a.m. Hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available. Beverages will be on sale throughout each day. (No coolers will be allowed on the grounds.)

The Wyoming rodeo association (WRA) sanctioned rodeo action will begin at 1:30 p.m., each day. Rodeo winners will be awarded money prizes with $400 added purse for each event. The Robert Loftice All Around Award will also be awarded.

Rodeo events include Men's Team Roping, Women's Team Roping, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping, Bull Riding, Bareback Riding, and Saddle Bronc Riding.

For More information about rodeo events please call Jerry Kraft at (307) 327-5374.

The Encampment-Riverside Lions Club members are businessmen and ranchers who work for the entire year to make the Jamboree and Rodeo a successful and fun-filled time.

While visitors are in Encampment, they should also plan to make a stop at the Grand Encampment Museum to explore the restored structures that form a pioneer town. Many other exhibits in the Doc Culleton Interpretive Center reveal fascinating facts about the mining, ranching, and lumbering history of the area.

For more information, please email info@saratogachamber.info or call (307) 326-8855 or go to the web site at www.SaratogaChamber.info.

Encampment, Wyo., will be celebrating the 51st Woodchoppers Jamboree and Rodeo on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19 at the Lions Club Arena as they again recognize the valley's timber and tie cutting heritage as well as the ranching influence in the area.

A parade will kick off the festivities at 9 a.m., on Saturday morning. The parade will follow the traditional route, starting in Encampment and proceeding through Riverside. No advance registration is required, but participants should meet at 8:30 for float judging.

Floyd and Josie Roberson and Leonard Clark will serve as the 2011 Grand Marshalls for the parade. Michelle Hooker will reign as the 2011 Jamboree Queen. Keyton Nash-Putnam was selected as Lady-in-Waiting.

Woodchopper events will start at 10 a.m., Saturday morning after the parade and at 9 a.m., on Sunday. Admission is $7 per day; Children under 12 are free.  All proceeds are used for Civic Projects.

Men and women will compete in the various Woodchopping competitions while putting on quite a show for spectators. In addition, a Pole Climbing Exhibition will be featured each day.

The Rocky Mountain Championship Lumberjack Trophy will be awarded to the lumberjack compiling the most points during the two day contest. A prize will also be given for the all-around woman.

The all around points winner is based on a two day combined total with cash prizes for  First, Second, and Third place events. There is over $2,000 added purse for Woodchopping Events.

Although the Encampment-Riverside Lions Club sponsors the overall weekend activities, additional sponsors for logging related activities include: Thompson Logging; West Range Reclamation; Old West Log Cabins; Mangy Moose Saloon; Shively's North; the Town of Encampment; Coors Beer; Wyoming Diesel; L&T Consulting; Lazy Acres Campground; Schroeder Construction, LLC; PMPC Engineering; and Platte Valley Forest Management-John and Brian Anderson.

Point events include Tree Felling, Two-Man Handsaw Tree Felling, Two-Man Handsaw, Two-Woman Handsaw, One-Man Handsaw, Man & Woman Handsaw Team, Choker Setting, Medium Class Modified Chainsaw, Axe Chopping, Pole Throw, Axe Throw, and Power Saw Log Bucking. Non-point events include Power Saw Log Bucking-Open class-Anything goes, and Mad Loggers Chainsaw Throw.

The entry fee is $10 per person for each event per day. For more information about woodchopper events, please e-mail Ron Harvey at WoodChoppersJamboree@yahoo.com or call (970) 210-2955.

A popular activity offered for younger children during the Woodchoppers' action is a treasure hunt for coins planted in a sawdust pit. Older youth look forward to trying their skill at climbing a greased pole to reach money tacked to the top. The crowd enjoys watching the cooperation between contestants as they struggle up the pole for the prize.

The Encampment Riverside Lions will serve their traditional barbecue lunch all afternoon for an additional charge each day, starting at 11:30 a.m. Hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available. Beverages will be on sale throughout each day. (No coolers will be allowed on the grounds.)

The Wyoming rodeo association (WRA) sanctioned rodeo action will begin at 1:30 p.m., each day. Rodeo winners will be awarded money prizes with $400 added purse for each event. The Robert Loftice All Around Award will also be awarded.

Rodeo events include Men's Team Roping, Women's Team Roping, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping, Bull Riding, Bareback Riding, and Saddle Bronc Riding.

For More information about rodeo events please call Jerry Kraft at (307) 327-5374.

The Encampment-Riverside Lions Club members are businessmen and ranchers who work for the entire year to make the Jamboree and Rodeo a successful and fun-filled time.

While visitors are in Encampment, they should also plan to make a stop at the Grand Encampment Museum to explore the restored structures that form a pioneer town. Many other exhibits in the Doc Culleton Interpretive Center reveal fascinating facts about the mining, ranching, and lumbering history of the area.

For more information, please email info@saratogachamber.info or call (307) 326-8855 or go to the web site at www.SaratogaChamber.info.


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