Wagon Days Will Go Ahead As Planned


By Michelle Milliken

The city of Ketchum is resuming the planning process of their largest annual event, as the smoke in the Wood River Valley begins to clear. Many were uncertain as to whether or not Wagon Days would be held, after The Beaver Creek Fire displaced many residents in the valley.

“Safety is our first priority. We feel very confident at this time that the Beaver Creek Fire does not pose an immediate threat to the residents or visitors of the city of Ketchum and that there is no reason to cancel events or close businesses,” said Ketchum Fire Chief Mike Elle, who is one of three unified incident commanders for the Beaver Creek Fire.

Mayor Randy Hall announced today that the city will start planning for Wagon Days again, which runs from August 28th to September 2nd.

“The smoke is lifting and businesses are open in Ketchum. This fire really tested our community and our resiliency; and the fact that Ketchum keeps coming back speaks to the strength of our character. The entire city of Ketchum owes a huge debt of gratitude to all of the law enforcement and the firefighters who worked hard and risked all to preserve our way of life,” Mayor Hall said.

Wagon Days Headquarters is located at the Ketchum Visitor’s Center and it will open at 10 AM on Wednesday. There, visitors will find souvenirs and information on the event. A full schedule can be found at wagondays.org.

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