Fall Festival in Riverton this Saturday, carve a pumpkin, eat some chili, and take a tethered hot air balloon ride

Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 11:31 PM CDT
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FREMONT COUNTY, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

The first day of Autumn has blown in quickly, and for those who love all things fall, Riverton is hosting a festival celebrating all of them.

Today is the first official day of Fall and I’m very thankful that many of the leaves were not harmed with the early frost. So the trees on Main St. in Riverton are looking splendid in all their fall glory, but that’s not the only thing that will be looking like harvest season this weekend. Our fall festival will transform downtown on Saturday.

Owner of Belles and Beaus clothing boutique Janet Winslow noted, “And when I say downtown area, I mean Federal, the park, and downtown. We’ve got some great businesses, some people with incredible community spirit, and they’ve been so happy to jump in and help and be involved. To be a part of this, and to see that energy that we can roll into the holiday season, we’ve got some really fun activities planned for December and January, so it’s not going to stop here, and we’re all pretty excited about that. Being able to gather again, and see our neighbors and see the children out having fun and being safe, and just remembering what our community is all about is really important, so I’m excited to be a part of that.”

Winslow has been gathering and storing vintage and professional clothing from community members, and offering it to nonprofit businesses to sell as a way to raise money for their organization. On Saturday, Eagle’s Hope will be having a pop-up gently used clothing shop outside Belles and Beaus with proceeds going to the nonprofit.

An outdoor fashion show, corn hole tournament, hayrides, kids games, obstacle course, scavenger hunt, rendezvous games, book relay, and tethered hot air balloon rides are available. Two outdoor concerts will also be held in the evening. There is also a chili cook off with meals available for purchase, and veterans including American Legion Post 19 will be in front of Veteran Hall on Main Street with hamburgers and brats for sale. Six Riverton bars/restaurants are involved in a cocktail and mock-tail competition with wristbands available to the public for open containers.

“We’ve got a big pumpkin carnival which is going to include all kinds of activities for the kids. When you enter into the pumpkin carnival, you can do pumpkin decorating or carving, there’s two age groups, 0-12, and 13-adult. They’ll be a people’s choice and a judges award for each of those two categories. We have distinguished judges, and those judges will be our mayor in his black top hat and suit jacket, June Bailey dressed as a witch, and Police Chief Eric Murphy,” noted volunteer for the festival, Julie Buller.

The pumpkin carving and painting is from 2-5 p.m. and costs $1 to enter, with proceeds going to the C.A.T.S. museum.  Winners will be awarded at 5:30 p.m. Pumpkin bowling and a haystack throne for pictures are available at the carnival as well.

“We have a lot of nonprofits this time which I think is great. We have people that are going to be selling pampered chef stuff, people that are going to be selling antler furniture, just a variety, and all kinds of food,” noted Traci Cooper, president of the Riverton Downtowners Committee.

An MC will be downtown to keep people aware of upcoming events and competitions during the day. For more information, visit their Facebook page “Riverton Fall Harvest Festival,” or visit their website at

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