With traditional events
evolving as summer approaches, the Big
Piney Town Council heard the final word
at its meeting Tuesday, June 16, for the
Chuckwagon Days schedule over July
Chuckwagon Days events are shared
and sponsored between Marbleton and Big
Piney, which is where most of the fun will
take place. Town officials have been working
with Sublette County Public Health Officer
Dr. Brendan Fitzsimmons for approval
– or disapproval – of each gathering.
“Here’s what we know,” said Mayor Pro
Tem Michelle Hymas, with councilmembers
Stafford Polk IV and Sherri Redden.
“The rodeo is on. We’re planning the parade
and the fireworks show is still a go.”
This year’s Grand Marshal will be Marj
Guio, who accepted the honor.
There will be changes to the Chuckwagon
Days Rodeo – “Bulls Broncs Barrels”
– on Friday, July 3, at 7 p.m. at the
fairgrounds. The Afu Fighters will perform
live, like last year.
But the only way it could be approved
this year with coronavirus concerns was to
forego bleachers and concessions.
“It will be a drive-in rodeo like the old
days,” said recreation manager Eddy Delgado.
The old parking terraces on the hillside
west of the outdoor arena will be cleared for
more parking and all attendees must remain
with their vehicles, parked 6 feet apart. The
announcer’s voice will be aired over FM
radio; people can stop at a local restaurant
or bring a picnic. Usual rodeo events are
planned with bronc and bull riding, barrel
races and mini and junior contests.
Another change is the annual street dance
in downtown Big Piney was not approved.
Because the town can’t sponsor it, a local
committee plans a similar family-friendly
block party “freedom rally” instead on July
3 after the rodeo.
Delgado continued, July 4 will begin
with the traditional pancake breakfast at
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, 2250 N. Piney Drive. Line-up for the
Chuckwagon Days parade with the theme of
“Superheroes” is at 9 a.m. at the Big Piney
Rec Center and starts at 10 a.m.
Anyone interested in joining the parade
can contact Big Piney Rec Center at 307-
In between, the longtime Chuckwagon
Days Community Barbecue, attended by
hundreds, has been cancelled. At noon, Big
Piney Rec hosts the Four on Four Volleyball
Tournament. The fireworks show is at dusk
on the Marbleton Hill.
Other preparations for the July Fourth
holiday came up in employee reports.
Water-sewer manager Josh Rogers
started tinkering with the shiny red antique
fire truck to see if the brakes could be fixed
for the parade, a task attempted for years,
according to Hymas.
“Four mayors have tried to find brakes
for that vehicle,” she said. “It runs okay but
they can’t find brakes for it.”
Rogers said he would keep working on
it; however, town officials don’t expect it
to roll down Budd Avenue on July Fourth.
Parks-streets manager Kara Losik also
listed tasks to accomplish before Chuckwagon
She asked the council about contracting
the street sweeper and doing the parade
route or the whole town. Losik said she
would like to have the sidewalks powerwashed
as well. The council told her to
make the appointment and use funds remaining
in the current budget.
Polk asked if the street sweeper could
be used on pathways where there is a lot of
gravel; Losik said she usually uses the skidsteer
and attached broom. Hymas asked
about repainting the “pretty weathered”
Losik will also install the new wayfinder
signs created by the Big Piney Marbleton
Economic Development Committee. “I’ve
been under pressure to get them up; it’s on
the list for next week.”
In other Marbleton news:
• Mayor Tyler Maxfield and councilmember
Scott Scherbel were absent on June
16, which included third reading and approval
of the Big Piney 2020-2021 budget.
• Code enforcer Greg Eiden said a resident
was upset that he would not sign off
on a chicken coop that he thought was too
small. The council advised him to use his
• The council heard Donny Wilson’s
variance request for a 6-foot-high chain-link
fence on Quealy Avenue.
• Tegeler’s agent Zach Wenz presented
an insurance proposal and quote.
• Jared Thomson brought in his plans to
attach a shop-garage building to his home.
The council voted “aye” for him to proceed.
• The council suggested new banners to
advertise Big Piney Rec Center programs.