Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber

Copper Days Festival

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Name: Copper Days Festival
Date: September 6, 2014 - September 7, 2014
Event Description:
20th Annual Copper Days Festival Pulls In More Family Fun
What could be more fun than a day of fun for the entire family?  The Copper Days Festival in Encampment, Wyoming has been entertaining tractor enthusiasts since 1994.  Beginning at 11 am on both Saturday and Sunday, September 6 and 7, the whole family can watch antique tractors pull heavy, weighted trailers to compete for the title of strongest tractor.  Admission is free!  Antique and old time engines will be on display all afternoon, too.  Tractors have been collected for decades by those who reminisce about simpler times when hard work was rewarded with an afternoon of friendly one-ups-man-ship.  Enthusiasts come from all over the region to compete and share stories and memories with their children and grandchildren.  Younger children watch in awe of the loud, rumbling engines and smokestacks and "Ole Betsy"!

  • 10 am Antique Tractor Parade--route is from the Encampment-Riverside Lions Arena to downtown Encampment and back to arena
  • 11 am Antique Tractor Pull---Encampment-Riverside Lions Arena, Free admission to the public
  • Lunch provided by the Encampment High School European Research Group. Proceeds to support their programs.            
  • 5:30pm-9pm Family & Community Dance at the Grand Encampment Opera House - $10 entrance, kids 12 and under free. Polka Lessons begin at 5:30, Dance at 6:00pm Featuring THE POLKA NUTS
  • 8:30 am Worship Service--Encampment-Riverside Lions Club Arena
  • 11 am Antique Tractor Pull-Encampment-Riverside Lions Arena- Free admission to the public
  • Lunch provided by the Encampment High School European Research Group. Proceeds to support their programs.
If you are interested in entering the tractor competition, please call Fred at 307.710.5660
Event organizers are happy to announce that a family and community dance featuring The Polka Nuts will be held on Saturday evening.  The Gaschler family band from Brighton has been performing all over the country since 1982.  The band consists of four family members who play the accordion, hammer dulcimer, percussion, piano and keyboards, trombone, and saxophone.  The popular band has been guests at numerous dance halls and on radio and television programs in the region.  The dance will be held at the historic Grand Encampment Opera Hall in downtown Encampment. 
Tickets to the dance are $10 per person and children 12 years and younger are free.  There will also be a discount for members of the Platte Valley Arts Council.  The dance will be from 6-9 pm so there is plenty of time to turn a few circles on the traditional wood dance floor.  Tickets for the dance can be purchased in advance at the Chamber office in Saratoga or at the Red Wagon in Encampment and will also be available at the door.
On Sunday, there will be a non-denominational Worship Service at the Lions Club Arena prior to the tractor pull. 

The Chug ‘N Tug Tractor Club, Platte Valley Arts Council, and Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce are excited to promote this fun weekend event.  “Who can resist the tractor pulls and a great dance band like the Polka Nuts?” asked Alyson Sneddon, event coordinator.  “We have all the right elements—family, fun and food!”
Event Media:
Encampment-Riverside Lions Club Arena, Highway 70
Date/Time Information:
Tractor Pulls--Saturday and Sunday at 11 am
Tractor Parade--Saturday at 10 am
Community Dance--Saturday 6-9 pm
   free polka dance lessons 5:30 pm
Worship Service--Sunday 8:30 am
Contact Information:
Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce 307-326-8855
Tractor pulls are FREE
Dance tickets are $10 for adults
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