Celebrating its golden 50th anniversary this year, Wagon Days showcases Ketchum's mining heritage during the largest annual event in The Wood River Valley. This historic Labor Day weekend celebration is a true vision of the old west, with a shoot-out on Main Street, an old fashioned fiddler's contest, kid’s carnival and the Big Hitch Parade.
The largest, non-motorized, parade in the Pacific Northwest, ‘The Big Hitch’ features museum quality wagons along with antique buggies and stagecoaches from around the country. Mules "jump the chains" on the exciting turns as the massive ore wagons that once hauled mined metals to market navigate the streets of downtown Ketchum. This year the famed Budweiser Clydesdales will make a special appearance.
In 2007, the 14-day, 40,000-acre Castle Rock Fire erased Wagon Days from the calendar, but the 2008 celebration will find an even more spectacular event in store. A special lodging rate is available with three nights lodging beginning at $201 per night, valid from August 29th through September 1st, 2008.