August 16, 2018
Issue No. 15

Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin’...
Summer is rolling along and soon our historic ore wagons will be rolling through the streets as we celebrate the annual Wagon Days Weekend.

The largest non-motorized parade in the West connects us to our history and heritage as a mining town, and celebrates the women and men that pioneered this wonderful place. The Big Hitch may be the highlight of Wagon Days, but there is much more going on throughout Labor Day Weekend including The Last Bandoleros performing live in Town Square right after the parade. See below for a full schedule of Wagon Days events and activities.

Our new chip sealer has been rolling around our streets.
Earlier in the year the council approved the purchase of a chip sealer for use by our streets department. This purchase allows us to maintain and upgrade our roads in a cost-effective manner and it hit the streets of Ketchum over the last few weeks. It may not be the most glamorous purchase we have made, but it is one that helps us deliver a better product for our town.


Finally, we are considering rolling the Ketchum and Sun Valley fire and police departments into one public safety division. Last week, we announced a partnership between Ketchum and Sun Valley to study possible improvements in the delivery of public safety services within the northern Wood River Valley. We are already collaborating on our fire training facility and we would like to see if there is more work we can collaborate on to enhance the safety and welfare of residents, visitors and business owners. We are in the early days of our analysis, but I am encouraged by the initial reaction from our residents and stakeholders.

I hope things are rolling your way this summer.




Meandering Musicians
All Day Around Town

It’s exactly what it sounds like, folks. All day, musicians will be meandering around town playing their tunes for all to enjoy. Give 'em a listen and feel free to dance. We’re here to celebrate!

Cowboy Poetry
11-2pm @ Ore Wagon Museum

Head to the Ore Wagon Museum for music and renditions of the Old West through the eyes of horsemen and women who roamed the land.
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Grand Marshal Reception
5-7pm @ Town Square

Head to Town Square to honor the one and only Jack Williams as the Wagon Days Grand Marshal. Food and drink will of course be provided!

Barn Dance
7-10pm @ Ore Wagon Museum

It wouldn’t be a Western celebration without a good old-fashioned barn dance! Make your way to the Ore Wagon Museum at 7pm to hear the tunes of Old Death Whisper and get your square dance on. We’re going to clog and swing until we can’t clog no more (or until 10pm, whichever comes first).

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
10am @ Festival Meadows

Join us before the big parade for a special performance by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Southeastern Idaho! It's just a short walk down the main parade drag. Find out more about the Tribes on their Facebook page.

The EhCapa Bareback Riders
10:30am @ Festival Meadows

Like blazing saddles, but without the saddles. You never know how thrilling horseback riding could be until you see the EhCapa Bareback Riders. See you there!

The Big Hitch Parade!
1pm @ Sun Valley Rd. & Main St.

It’s what we’ve all been waiting for! The Big Hitch Parade will careen down Main Street at 1 p.m. on the first of the month.

Post-Parade Street Party
If you don’t come for the parade, come for the after party. The Last Bandoleros will be playing East Ave and 4th, and we’re closing down the street to celebrate another fantastic Western celebration!

The Streets Department team is coming your way to clean up after chip sealing. While you're waiting for them to get to your street, be careful out there on your bikes.


Wagon Days HQ will be at the Ore Wagon Museum. Head to the museum to purchase souvenirs and reserved parade seating. YES, you can reserve seats to the Wagon Days Parade! Skip putting out folding chairs, let us do the hard work.


From 10am to 5pm on Saturday, bring the kiddos to the corner of 4th and East Avenue for all of the fun activities your little cowboys and cowgirls can imagine. We'll have face-painting, train rides, tutorials in fire-branding, stencil painting, and even some friendly camels and donkeys!

If you’re looking to chow down before the hoedown, on Saturday and Sunday morning the Papoose Club will be hosting the pancake breakfast from 8am to noon in Town Square.

In case you needed a visual, here's a glance at where you can find all the weekend events!
Monday, August 20, 2018 at 5:30pm | Ketchum City Hall
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  • Adoption of Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Proposed Budget
  • Updating City Fees
  • Big Box Ordinance
  • In-Lieu Housing Fund Contribution Agreement with Ketch

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  • Discussions on the Mountain Rides Summer Circulator and the City Noise Ordinance
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