Cowboys and cowgirls come together to celebrate Don King Days

Don King days attracts visitors statewide to enjoy a weekend of equestrian events and competitions
Some of the highlights of Don King Days include bronc riding, polo and steer roping.
Some of the highlights of Don King Days include bronc riding, polo and steer roping.(KCWY)
Published: Sep. 3, 2023 at 8:10 PM CDT
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BIG HORN, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

Folks from across the state traveled to Big Horn, Wyoming this weekend to celebrate Don King Days.

Don King was a saddlemaker and a leather craftsman. Folks often describe him as a true legend of the Wild West.

Don King Days celebrates his legacy and contributions to the Western way of life.

Vicki Kane, a member of the Don King Days committee, says, “His friends came together and wanted to honor his name. They thought of this event and 35 years later it’s still happening.”

This two day event features a number of equestrian events, including bronc riding, polo and steer roping. This is a time for cowgirls and cowboys to get together to celebrate the end of the season.

Micah Olsen is also a member of the Don King Days committee. He says, ”The fact that there’s very few places like this, very few events like this in the United States right now, it’s just one of those one of a kind deals.”

The event takes place at the base of the Big Horn Mountains across 35 acres of grass covered fields. Many visitors consider this to be a very special place.

Olsen says, ”Just being here, this big, open, vast area by the mountains… It’s a beautiful place. When you get a bunch of people together who enjoy this kind of Western lifestyle, it’s just kind of the cherry on top.”

The layout of this event gives folks an opportunity to be in the middle of the action. It’s an exciting weekend that allows visitors to get together and savor the last few weeks of summer.

Kane says, ”I’m a true ranch girl myself and I just love the people. they just come out to have a good time. Everybody’s in a good mood and enjoying the beautiful Wyoming weather.”

Don King Days will continue through the evening of September 4, at the Big Horn Equestrian Center in Sheridan county.