May 6-8, 2022
Celebrating its 77th year, Winthrop Washington’s ’49er Days is an old west heritage festival 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 ends Mother’s Day weekend. (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. If you can’t attend, the parade will stream live on our Facebook page.
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. Learn more about the history of the event here.
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!
Winthrop Washington Schedule of Events:
Friday, May 7
- At noon on Friday, May 7th, the annual Ride to Rendezvous wagon train arrives in downtown Winthrop. Come and watch the horses and wagons ride through town after spending five days on Methow Valley’s backcountry trails. Sponsored by Washington Outfitters and Guides Association (WOGA), the arrival of the horses and wagon trains mark the beginning of Winthrop’s Old West celebration. Look for Grand Lady & Marshal Carolyn & Bob Groninger as well as our Royalty, Payten Lawrence, Hannah Binning, & Madi Surface.
Saturday, May 8
Activities in Downtown Winthrop : Please park your cars at the Winthrop Barn Auditorium or along Castle Ave.
- 10:30 am: West Coast Country Heat Street Dancers perform on Riverside Ave.
- 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, crusty mountain men, old-time vehicles and much more. It is free to join and view 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, hula-hoop contest, international gummy bear spitting and a rock-paper-scissors contest.
- 7 pm – 10 pm: Country Western Family Street Dance on North Main w/Johnny Green & The Pack String. $10 per person pay online in advance or cash in-person.
Activities in the Mack Lloyd Park starting at 12:00 noon:
- Beginning at 1:00 pm in the Winthrop Park, WOGA members will gather for visiting, festive old-time music, stories and untold other adventures – look for the well-hidden, Mountain Man Camp. Friends and families are invited to stroll through the park all afternoon and visit the Displays and Mountain Camp, try a taste of Dutch oven cooking, visit vendors and perhaps get to see some packing demonstrations. The Winthrop Kiwanis will offer barbeque pulled pork sandwiches until 2:00 p.m. or until they sell out.
- 5:00pm-6:30pm: Outfitter Dinner in the Park, steak, BBQ and dutch oven fixings, cost $25. Dinner includes: “Around the Campfire” cowboy poetry, music and stories.
Sunday, May 9
In Mack Lloyd Park
- 8:00am -10:00am: Mother’s Day cowboy breakfast in Mack Lloyd Park, cost $10
49er Days Announcements:
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