Wild West Days royalty previews frontier-themed festival

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Viroqua, WI (WXOW) – The Old West is new again in Viroqua. The annual Wild West Days returns to Vernon County Aug. 15-18, and this year’s royalty said they’re ready to roll in a fan favorite event.

Miss Wild West, Faith Gardner, said she and her court can’t wait to participate in the “Hog Wraslin'” event. When asked whether there’s any strategy, Gardner quipped, “run fast!”

The Wild West Days festival begins on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 925 Nelson Parkway in Viroqua. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for kids 4-12 years old and free for those under 4. There’s also a $35 weekend pass for adults, which includes rodeo and grounds admission.

Wild West Days Schedule of Events:

Thursday August 15

7:00 pm Tor’s Cowboy Church Concert
Viroqua Temple Theater – An evening of live country gospel music with The All Star Band Eric Nofsinger, JP Olson, Tom Baker, Jim Robertson, Judy Anderson, Stuart Thayer

Friday August 16

5:30 pm 4th Annual Richard Sidie Horse Pull
Saloon and Cafe Open

Saturday August 17

9:00 am Ranch Rodeo Preliminaries
9:00 am Boom town Opens
1:00 pm Hog Wrestling
2:00 pm Costume Contest (NEW!)
6:15 pm Mutton Bustin
7:30 pm Hell on Hooves Rodeo
Native Dancers throughout the day

Sunday August 18

7:00 am – 11:00 am Cowboy Breakfast Sponsored by Bethel Home
(Hockey Arena across from Wild West Days Grounds)
8:00 am Ranch Rodeo Preliminaries
10:30 am Boomtown Opens
10:00 am Cowboy Church Service
12 pm Parade Begins (NEW TIME)
1:15 pm Mutton Bustin’
2:00 pm Bulls & Barrels Rodeo
*Boomtown Closes At 5:00 pm on Sunday

*All Events Held At Wild West Days Grounds unless otherwise noted

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke

Dustin Luecke anchors News 19 Daybreak weekday mornings.

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