On Labor Day Weekend the Cities of Ketchum and Sun Valley host the historic Wagon Days Celebration. The holiday weekend is packed with a variety of activities, many of which celebrate the valley’s mining history.
The Big Hitch Parade is the highlight of the celebration. It has grown into one of the largest non-motorized parades in the West, displaying a number of museum-quality buggies, carriages, tacks, carts, buckboards, and wagons of every variety in existence today. The Wagon Days Big Hitch, historic wagons used to haul ore from the area, are powered by an authentic 20-draft mule jerkline.
Adding spice to the parade is a lively assortment of authentically costumed individuals, and numerous breeds of horses, from Arabs to Morgans to Pasos. Plus, professional and scholastic marching bands from around the state and the intermountain west. A kids’s carnival, pancake breakfast, and rubber duck race in the Big Wood River round out the weekend.
Source: visitsunvalley.com, 2 September 2011.