'49er Days

Mother's Day weekend in May is the 74th annual '49er Days Celebration. Winthrop will be filled with living history when packers and pack trains, cowboys, cowgirls, and an entire wagon train all converge for three days of western events and fun.

'49er Days

May 10 -12 , 2019

"Bee here for some sweet fun"

Celebrating its 74th year, Winthrop's 49er Days is a celebration of our rich western and horse history. The event kicks off with the annual Ride the Rendezvous, a week-long horse packing excursion through the Methow Valley high country which rides May 6-10. (Contact woga.org to join in this event)  As the horse-train enters Winthrop on the final day, the community comes out to celebrate its arrival back home.

On Saturday, Winthrop celebrates its rich Western history with a grand parade including the largest representation by horses of any parade in Washington State. Saturday is full of activities for the kids, the cowboys and the cowgirls.

Parade Application Form

On Sunday, the cowboys help you celebrate Mother's Day with more events and activities. All the events are open to the public. Don't miss this historic celebration!   

Schedule of Events: 

Friday, May 10

  • 12:00pm: The WOGA Ride to Rendevous teamsters and horseback riders will kick-off ’49er Days by riding into downtown.

Saturday, May 11 

Activities in Downtown Winthrop

  • 10:30am: Vigilantes western shoot-out and West Coast Country Heat line dancers perform downtown in front of Jacks Saloon.
  • 11:00am: The ’49er Days Parade begins through main street with more pack strings than any parade in the state, plenty of horses, floats, a band or two, crusty mountain men, old-time vehicles and much more. It is free to join the parade! 
  • Following the parade, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 kids can join in old fashioned games in front of Sheri's Sweet Shoppe including egg toss, pie eating contest, international gummy bear spitting and a rock-paper-scissors contest. 
  • From 12:00 noon to 4:00 mechanical bull rides ($2)* horse rides ($5)* and gold panning will be available. *Suggested donation

Activities in the Winthrop Park and Barn starting at 12:00 noon through the afternoon: 

  • Outfitter Display Camps and Packing Demonstrations  - coffee and campfire cooked food available for purchase
  • Mountain men tomahawk throwing and bow & arrow target shooting
  • Crafts and Merchandise Vendors 
  • Live music
  • Roping and bull whip lessons
  • 12:00pm -2:00pm: Food services available in the park. Hot Dogs and Brats provided by the Methow Valley Snowmobile Association, pulled pork by the Kiwanis. 
  • 5:00pm-6:30pm: Outfitter Dinner in the Park, steak, BBQ and dutch oven fixings, cost $25
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm: "Around the Campfire" cowboy poetry, music and stories. In the Barn, cost $10
  • 9:30pm: Country Western Family Dance in the Barn, cost $7

Sunday, May 12

In the Winthrop Park

  • 8:00am -10:00am:  Mother’s Day cowboy breakfast in the Winthrop Park, cost $10
  • 10:00am - 2:00pm:  Live Auction and State Packing Competition. Competitors will show how fast and well they can wrap gear and load a mule.

Please visit the Washington Outfitters & Guides Association website for more details on the Ride the Rendezvous and the history of this fine organization. Vendors should also contact WOGA

Presented by: Winthrop Chamber of Commerce and Washington Outfitters and Guides Associations

2019 Sponsors of this event include: 

Pardners Mini Market, River's Edge Resort, Farmers State Bank, Confluence Health, Methow Ice Company, Rocking Horse Bakery, Aspen Grove, Freestone Inn, Coldwell Banker Winthrop Realty
Sheri's Sweet Shoppe, Pine Near RV Park, Thunderfoot Riding, and Methow Cycle & Sport.