It’s official: Old West Days canceled, ElkFest postponed

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce has decided to pull the plug on Old West Days due to the likelihood the valley may still not be able to hold large-scale events and gatherings even in May.

The annual 10-day event serves as Jackson Hole’s celebration of Memorial Day weekend and signifies the valley’s unofficial start to the summer season. Spanning two weekends to include ElkFest, the 39th annual Old West Days was to have taken place this year from May 16-25.

The Chamber reserved possibility there may be an opportunity to hold at a later date the associated Million Dollar MusicFest (originally scheduled for May 24) and the ElkFest Antler Auction (originally scheduled for May 16).

“The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the event’s planning committees, has decided that cancellation of the festival is the right decision in supporting our commitment to our communities’ health and safety and adhering to town and county recommendations,” the Chamber stated in a release today. “The 10-day festival is a celebration of Jackson’s history and culture, a culture that’s current focus is community. The ‘Old West’ looks forward to welcoming visitors and proudly displaying its character when it’s safe to do so again.”

Other community events including the World Championship Hill Climb, Rendezvous MusicFest, Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the Town Square, and EcoFair have already been cancelled.

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