Big Horn Basin Folk Festival to Draw State Artists, Musicians Aug. 5-6


The Third Annual Big Horn Basin Festival will be held Aug. 5-6, 2017, in Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Wyoming.

The Festival celebrates the handwork and creativity of Wyoming’s own artists, craftsmen, musicians and storytellers. It includes musicians performing at the Pavilion, an Invitational Art Show & Sale, artisan and guild demonstrations, a Storytelling Circle, hands-on activities for kids, plus a special event this year — the Wyoming FolkMasters Tent.

Participants represent 32 communities from throughout the state. This year’s festival includes musicians at the Pavilion; the Storytelling Circle Tent with storytellers and poets; Wyoming FolkMasters (folk master-and-apprentices) sponsored by Wyoming Arts Council; demonstrations by artists and members of guest guilds, including Worland Wyoming Woodturners and Wild West Rug Hookers.

The event is open to the public without charge. It is sponsored by Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation and Hot Springs State Park with support from Wyoming Arts Council, Wyoming State Legislature and Hot Springs Travel & Tourism. Additional support is from Hot Springs County Education Endowment, Thermopolis Community Fund and Pinnacle Bank.

Wyoming FolkMasters Demonstrators
Sponsored by Wyoming Arts Council

  • Steve Dabbs, Sheridan, saddles/trees
  • Marcus Dewey, Arapahoe, Wind River Reservation, beadwork
  • Gloria Goggles and Jennifer Runs through Lodge, Fort Washakie, parfleche
  • Leanne Linnell, Riverton, and Brook Miller, Shoshoni, horsehair hitching
  • Darrell & Tyson Lonebear, Fort Washakie, hand drumming
  • Tom Lucas, Lander, Bighorn Sheep horn bows
  • Ernie Marsh, Lovell and James Guyllon, Jeffrey City, silversmithing
  • Jack Mease, Lander, and Mila Ready, Hudson, rawhide braiding
  • Von Ringler and Alex Whistler, Powell, leatherwork

Musicians performing in the Park Pavilion
Sponsored by Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation

  • Mount Sinai Synagogue Dancers, Cheyenne, Jewish/Israeli dance
  • Connie Dover, Sunshine Basin, traditional Celtic
  • Heaven Bound, Basin, Sunday morning gospel
  • Darrell Lonebear, Northern Arapaho, Wind River Reservation, hand-drumming
  • Miss V, “Gypsy Cowbelle,” Thermopolis, traditional & original country, banjo & guitar
  • Dave Munsick and the Little Big Band, Sheridan, country cowboy
  • Rattlesnake Ridge, Worland, country/rock/blues
  • Jared Rogerson, Pinedale, country/Americana/Western/folk
  • Round the Bend, Laramie, traditional American & European folk
  • Whiskey Slaps, Laramie, traditional with contemporary picking & harmonies


Storytelling Circle
Sponsored by Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation and Hot Springs Friends of the Library

Open 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Storytellers participating in the round robin events:

  • David Romtvedt, Buffalo
  • Michelle King, Basin
  • Catherine Ringler, Powell
  • Marilyn Braaten, Thermopolis
  • Jennisen Lucas, Cody
  • Darrah Perez, Wind River Reservation

Cameo appearances

  • Echo Klaproth, Shoshoni, former Wyoming poet laureate
  • Miss V, the Gypsy Cowbelle, Thermopolis
  • Micah Schweizer, Laramie, Wyoming Public Radio
  • Dick Hall, Thermopolis

Invitational Juried Art Show & Sale

Artisans from throughout the state represent a broad variety of arts and fine crafts, from furniture to jewelry to textiles.  

On the Green

This year’s featured guest on the Green is David Osmundsen, Buffalo, Arrowhead Forge, metal forge. David fires up the forge and creates anything from utensils to hooks the old-fashioned way and as you watch.

Special Presentation: Sunday noon 

Hot Springs Friends of the Library with Thermopolis Middle School students reading & performing


Guild Demonstrations

  • Worland Wyoming Woodturners Group
  • Wild West Rug Hookers Guild (Sat. only)
  • Smoking Waters Art Guild


Kids’ Activities
Sponsored by

  • Red Dirt Master Gardeners
  • Smoking Waters Art Guild
  • Miss V, Gypsy Cowbelle, kids’ mini-workshop: Making Music with Household Items

Kiwanis Trading Post
Sponsored by Thermopolis Kiwanis
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. &  Sun.

  • Arts and crafts for sale
  • Food Court, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sat.: Kiwanis Burgers & Brats noon-1:30 p.m., Kiwanis Shelter
  • Sun.: Festival Fundraiser Lunch to benefit Hot Springs Senior Citizens Center & Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation

ALSO: Gift of the Waters Pageant Days
Sponsored by Pageant Days Committee

The Pageant tells a story of how the hot springs were given to the state by the Native Americans on the Wind River Reservation.This is not a reinactment but a Pageant written by Marie Montabe, based on this event: a beautiful celebration of music, dance, and comraderie between two nations. 6-7 p.m. both evenings in the area around the Big Spring in the state park. Other events include downtown parade, morning run.