Evanston Cowboy Days
The History of
The Biggest Little Rodeo in the West
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Since 1936, Evanston Wyoming has been celebrating Cowboy Days and it has been the major attraction sponsored by Evanston itself every Labor Day Weekend.
Over the years Cowboy Days has evolved from a hard-drinking, rodeo weekend, to a 3 day weekend of fun that is filled with a carnival of activities and events for families.
It was considered by many to be the biggest, drunken brawl in history until the open-container liquor law was changed.
Evanston's Cowboy Days has come along way in the past 18 years, back when the only draw and main attraction was the rodeo and tying on a good old fashioned drunk.
Cowboy Days has since been restructured to be a weekend long family event.
In addition to three nights of rodeos and a parade, Cowboy Days has added a concert, a dance, fun and games for the kids, a Craft Fair and more .
One of the more popular events is the fish-catch contest where 1,500 rainbow trout are put into a big rubber raft that has about a foot of water in it.
Then the kids get in and try to catch them by hand. Prizes are awarded according to the numbers and sizes of the fish. When the kids are done, the men go in after the rest. Turns out the local men have a blast rounding up the last of the trout.
Evanston's neighbor to the west, Utah, has some influence in Evanston Cowboy Days. The livestock used in the rodeo comes from Chester. The band for the dance comes from Logan. Even the skydivers featured in some years come from Brigham City.
We are currently looking to expand our history celebrating Evanston Cowboy Days by sharing pictures, newspaper articles, old rodeo programs, interviews and more of past Cowboy Days on our website.
If you or a member of your family are part of that history, please contact a member of the Cowboy Days committee to share that celebrated past with us so in return we can share it with everyone
If you have some of the items listed above, we could arrange to pick them up, scan the newspaper articles or pictures, and get them right back to you.
Maybe your grandfather was a past Grand Marshall, or your mother was a past queen - we want to hear from you!
We would also like to conduct some audio interviews with dignitaries from Cowboy Days past to include here - the actual voices of those individuals who made all happen, in their own words, for all our visitors to hear. Call 444-6275 if you know of someone who would be willing to share some Cowboy Days of Old with us.