CWC Oktoberfest kicks off busy schedule of October festivities

Oct 9, 2013 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

There's no reason to stay indoors as Halloween and other fall celebrations fill up the local calendar, unless there's fear of 3-foot-tall vampires and witches.

A number of events -- fundraisers, storytelling and frightening parties for adults and children -- will help residents celebrate the spooky holiday and fall season.

Fall fests

- Central Wyoming College will have its 13th Annual Oktoberfest Scholarship Fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Holiday Inn in Riverton. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

"This is the only big push for scholarship fundraising-wise every year," said CWC foundation manager Lynette Jeffres.

The event includes an auction of homemade desserts and a trip to Disney World with airfare included for four people. Also that evening, a raffle winner will be randomly chosen to win a 1964 Ford Thunderbird.

"All proceeds go to provide scholarships at the college," Jeffres said.

For more information, call 855-2254 or 855-2035.

- The Lander Art Center and Lander Bar host Oktoberfest from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Museum of the American West. Tickets for adults are $10. Children 12 and under are free. Activities for children include face painting and games that will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There also will be games for adults, and prizes will be awarded to the winners.

A Utah yodeling and alphorn band -- Salzburger Echo -- will perform that evening as well. Food and drinks for purchase will be provided by Lander's Gannett Grill.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Lander Art Center and be entered for door prizes. Sales from tickets will be forwarded to help the Lander Art Center.

- The Kiwanis October Fest Ole' will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Headwaters Arts and Conference Center in Dubois. The Jeff Troxel Trio will perform. Call 455-2243 or visit for more information.

- Three fall festivals are planned at Mountain Vista Retirement in Lander: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, and noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. See art exhibits made by residents and family members, crafts for sale and refreshments. A furnished apartment also will be open for viewing. Admission is free.

Dinners and parties

- The Wyoming Community Harvest Festival and Title I Family Night is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Shoshoni school campus. Community members can enjoy a free chili supper, hay rides, cowboy poetry, roping demonstrations, pumpkin bowling, a scare crow contest, a farm animal petting zoo, fall crafts, a book giveaway, four blow-up toys, gunny sack races, a cupcake walk and much more.

Poets invited to recite their favorite Western rhymes are Zane Fross, Echo Klaproth, and Tyler Clemetson. Giant pumpkins will be provided by Ron Hoffman, and the Shoshoni Recreation Department is also a partner in the event.

- The First United Methodist Church in Lander is hosting its annual Harvest Dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the fellowship hall at 262 N. Third St. All are welcome to visit and enjoy a turkey dinner with dressing, salad, beverage and pie for $10 or chili, pie and beverage for $8. A silent auction will be held at the same time as the dinner.

To schedule home deliveries or takeout, call 332-3188 before Oct. 18.

Halloween fun

- Halloween festivals are set for Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Blue Sky Hall in Ethete and Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Great Plains Hall in Arapahoe -- both from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Both events include pumpkin decorating, a bean bag toss and a mini haunted house. Costumes are encouraged to be worn to this free event.

- The Lander Lions Halloween Party Food Drive starts at noon Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Wyoming National Bank parking lot in Lander. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods to donate. The event offers free food, a costume contest, prizes, face painting, a giant pumpkin auction, and cash prizes for the winner of the pumpkin weight-guessing contest.

- Anyone who dares to listen to the Wind River's scariest stories is encouraged to attend the free Wind River Hotel and Casino's Haunted Wind River Tales on Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Northern Arapaho Experience Cultural Room. Storytelling sessions will start at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and costumes are encouraged.

- Adults ages 18 and up will have to look their Indiana Jones best on Thursday, Oct. 24, for a costume contest and trivia night at 7 p.m. at the Riverton Branch Library. The winning costume will receive an Indiana Jones fedora. Refreshments will be served.

- Fremont County School District 21 in Fort Washakie has a Great Pumpkin Celebration Saturday, Oct. 26, for Fort Washakie school students and parents. Families will be taken to the Son Harvest Seasons pumpkin patch near Riverton, enjoy a feast, and participate in a costume contest and carnival that will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

- The Eastern Shoshone Boys and Girls Club presents a Community Halloween Carnival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the club location in Fort Washakie. The club also hosts a Halloween dance from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Oct. 25. The Eastern Shoshone Entertainment Committee hosts a masquerade party from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at Rocky Mountain Hall in Fort Washakie.

- And beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, everyone is invited to trick or treat on Main Street in downtown Riverton.

Heaviest pumpkin topped 1,000 pounds

Winners have been announced in the annual Riverton fall pumpkin weigh-off, with awards given in several categories.

Smallest pumpkin, child --¬Sadie Aragon

Largest vegetable --¬Ricky Hoffman

Pumpkin dessert --¬Lacy Kotas ¬(cream-filled cupcakes)

Most perfect pumpkin, adult First --¬Norm Moss

Second --¬Scott Lewis

Smallest pumpkin, adult --¬Pam Moss

Most unusual pumpkin, adult First --¬Pam Moss

Second --¬Nancy Larsen

Heaviest pumpkin, ¬adult, First --¬Ron Hoffman ¬1,008 pounds

Second --¬Paul Avery ¬748 pounds

Third --¬Scott Lewis ¬586

Guess the weight --¬Gwen Sowards ¬(she guessed 1,011 pounds and pumpkin grown by Ron Hoffman weighed 1,008 pounds)

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