Volume 104, Number 29 - July 19, 2007
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by Jennie Oemig
This year’s annual Green River Rendezvous turned out to be a success, even with the Pole Creek fire posing a threat to homes, the campground and the Lakeside Lodge Thursday afternoon and evening. “I think that the overall turnout of Rendezvous was excellent,” Sublette County Chamber of Commerce Membership and Events Coordinator Terrie Swift said. Swift said the fire could have been more of a factor in the participation during the weekend’s events, but from what she saw, the numbers were good.
“The only thing we had to cancel was the fireworks,” she said. There were about 50 vendors lining the streets to sell handcrafted items and other merchandise over the weekend, Swift said. The Courthouse Commons turned out to be a popular attraction with local musicians John Fogerty and Friends and Steam Powered Airplane providing musical entertainment. “One of the highlights for me was being able to bring in live music,” Swift said, adding that it allowed families with children to have a place to go and enjoy another aspect of Rendezvous together.
The kids’ fishing derby at Boyd Skinner Memorial Park on Saturday afternoon was also a success with many children participating, Swift said.
“All the kids had a blast,” she said. “The turnout was unbelievable.” Swift said there were also 10 teams participating in the horseshoe tournament on Saturday.
The parade was also very successful when compared with previous years. “It was the most parade entries we had in four years,” Swift said. Laurie Hartwig, the director of the Museum of the Mountain Man, said the events at the museum went well.
“It’s hard to say if one was more popular than another,” she said. “They were all really well attended. We ran out of parking.” The children’s programming, Michael Terry’s presentations and the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal speakers were among the many successful events, Hartwig said. The American Mountain Men campfire stories Saturday evening had about 75 to 80 people in attendance.
Overall, the admission was up 6 percent from last year with 740 people showing up. With the increase in attendees, the money collected from admission costs was up 11 percent from the previous year to just under $3,000, according to the information Hartwig collected.
Raising $3,689 from the buffalo burger lunch held Friday and Saturday, sales were up 19 percent from last year. Even with the increase in numbers, Hartwig determined the sales at the Museum of the Mountain Man Gallery and Gift Shop were down 8 percent, collecting $430. All of the outside programs were free and open to the public, so exact numbers on attendance for those events could not be determined.
“We feel the response and participation was very positive,” Hartwig said. Though there was a good turnout, Hartwig said the Pole Creek fire did have an impact on the crowds, especially after Fremont Lake Road was closed. “Thursday and part of Friday, it seemed slower,” she said. “We wondered if people weren’t regrouping.” Swift said she was extremely thankful for everyone’s contributions and participation in this year’s events.
“Thanks to everyone who participated and thanks to all the sponsors,” she said. If anyone has any questions about how to participate and get involved in Rendezvous or if anyone has any ideas for future events, Swift said they are encouraged to contact her at the Chamber of Commerce at 367-2242.
Photo credits: Amy Servantez
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