52nd Woodchopper’s Jamboree and Rodeo – June 16-17
Photos Courtesty of Noel v. Hayes, Jr.
Encampment, Wyo., will be celebrating the 52nd Woodchopper’s Jamboree & Rodeo on Saturday, June 16th and Sunday, June 17th 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. To add to the fun, the Grand Encampment Opera Company will present a melodrama on Friday and Saturday evenings.
A parade will kick off the Woodchopper 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.
Jim and Roxana Johnson will serve as the 2012 Grand Marshalls for the parade. Keyton Nash-Putnam will reign as the 2012 Jamboree Queen.
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. Points are scored: 1st=5; 2nd =4; 3rd =3; 4th =2; 5th =1.
The all around points winner is based on a two day combined total with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place on all point 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; Mangy Moose Saloon; Shively’s North; the Town of Encampment; Budweiser Beer; Wyoming Diesel; L&T Consulting; Lazy Acres Campground; PMPC Engineering; and Platte Valley Forest Management-John & Brian Anderson.
Point events include Tree Felling, Two-Man Handsaw Tree Felling, Two-Man Handsaw, Two-Woman Handsaw, One-Man Handsaw, Man and 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 most events per day. For more information about woodchopper events, contact Ron Harvey at WoodChoppers@Rocketmail.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 a separate 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 rodeo event. The Robert Loftice All Around Award sponsored by Rocky Mountain Casing and L & T Consulting 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.
Each event also has a separate sponsor, including Silver Spur Ranch, Ready Oil Field Services, Big Creek Ranches, Bill Irvine, Trail Run Ranches, Chez Booze, Bear Trap Cafe & Bar, Rawlins National Bank, and Burns Insurance. Additional sponsors are Coors Beer, and Carbon County Visitors Council.
To enter, both local and WRA entries should call (719) 486-0599 on Monday, June 11, between 12:00 Noon and 7:00 p.m. Call Backs on Tuesday, June 12, between 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. For More information about Rodeo events 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.
In addition, many other Encampment citizens have again spent many hours preparing one of their popular melodramas. The Grand Encampment Opera company will present “Encampment’s Bohn Bon or Is that Bob?” By Mary Martin and Rick Martin and directed by Mary Martin at 7:00 p.m. June 15th and 16th in the newly restored Historic Opera House. Admission by donation. (Spectators are also welcome to attend the Dress Rehearsal on June 13th.)
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.