Wyoming Arts Council

Why You Should Attend the Big Horn Basin Folk Festival — Reason #2

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At the Big Horn Basin Folk Festival : The “Legacy of Wyoming — 125 Years of Statehood” concert with Buffalo Bill Boycott & Dr. Jo, and special Guest Shoshone Elder Willie LeClair. Held in Thermopolis on August 1.

Many reasons to attend the upcoming Big Horn Basin Folk Festival:

A special “Legacy of Wyoming” program celebrating the 125th anniversary of Wyoming statehood will be held in Hot Springs State Park, Thermopolis, Saturday, August 1.

“Buffalo Bill” Boycott and “Dr. Jo” mix story, song and visual images with historical paintings and photographs to highlight Wyoming’s place in the American West.

The free program will be held in the Pavilion from 1:30-2:45 p.m. It is part of the Big Horn Basin Folk Festival and the Gift of the Waters Pageant Days celebration.

The “Legacy of Wyoming” program is sponsored by the Wyoming Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Wyoming State Legislature.

Boycott regularly presents programs in schools, at historic sites and special events throughout the state. He has produced two programs on the history of the West/Wyoming and the Oregon Trail in cooperation with Wyoming Public TV. In 2011 he won the Western Music Association’s Male Yodeler Award.

He and his partner, Joanne Orr, have also won a Western Music Harmony Duo Award. “Dr. Jo” brings a women’s point of view to the Equality State’s history.


Willie LeClair

Willie LeClair, Shoshone elder, Wind River Reservation, will make a guest appearance to talk about the importance of the buffalo, Sacajawea’s role in the West, and the Shoshoni and Arapahoe tribes on the Wind River Reservation. LeClair will also appear in the Gift of the Waters Pageant at 6 p.m. Aug. 1-2.

The Big Horn Basin Festival is sponsored by Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation with financial support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, Wyoming Arts Council, Hot Springs Travel & Tourism, Thermopolis Community Fund and Hot Springs County Education Endowment Fund.


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