Submitted by Wagon Days
Since 1958, the City of Ketchum has been commemorating its mining heritage with an impressive non-motorized parade, which has grown to become the largest of its kind in the western region. It’s a perfect opportunity to spend a delightful day with your entire family. The renowned Big Hitch Parade kicks off on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Big Hitch Parade showcases an array of exquisite buggies, carriages, carts, and stagecoaches, all exemplifying exceptional craftsmanship. The procession commences at 1 p.m., embarking from Sun Valley Road and gracefully winding its way north on Main Street. The grand spectacle of the event, as it has always been, will be the awe-inspiring “Big Hitch.” This special attraction features historic Lewis Ore Wagons, magnificently pulled by a remarkable 20-mule team all the way from Bishop, CA, skillfully maneuvering them through a jerkline formation.
The festivities start Friday, Sept. 1 with visiting the Ore Wagon Museum, Sun Valley Story Hour and Cowboy Poetry at the Ore Wagon Museum at 1 p.m. Finish the evening with the special Grand Marshal reception, honoring former Ketchum Mayor Jerry Seifert from 5:30 – 7 p.m. 480 4th St E in Ketchum.
Saturday morning starts with the Papoose Club Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Ketchum Town Square. There will be the Children’s Activity area with a petting zoo, face painting and more from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Town Square as well.
The Eh-Capa Bareback Riders and Escaramuza Charra riding group will be doing horse and culture performances at 10:30 a.m. in Festival Meados, 206 Sun Valley Road.
The Big Hitch Parade starts at 1 p.m. so be sure to get there early to get a spot! There are thousands of spectators that come to watch!
Right after the parade Micky and the Motorcars will be putting on a free performance at Ketchum Town Square starting at 2:30 p.m.
For Sunday’s activities, the Papoose Club will be serving breakfast again from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
For more details on each event, or to learn about the history of wagons and mining era, visit wagondays.com.