Grand Rendezvous returns to Granby |

Grand Rendezvous returns to Granby

Jessica Smith
Granby, Colorado CO
Courtesy PhotoWindRiver native dancer

Witness lumberjack skills, ax throwing, Native American dancing, storytelling and more at the Grand Rendezvous from Friday, Aug. 24, to Sunday, Aug. 26, at Kaibab Park.

Friday at 10 a.m. is the first chance to see the Mountain Man Show, which includes tipi demonstrations, tomahawk throwing, animal hide preparation demonstrations, fire starting demonstrations, and more. Storytellers will bring history to life through words, and visitors can buy souvenirs at the native crafts and traders row.

Saturday kicks off at 10 a.m. with lumberjack shows. Competitors will demonstrate their skills with ax and saw in individual men’s and women’s categories, as well as a “Jack and Jill” (men and women) cross cut competition. Other events include an ax throw, a standing block chop, and under hand chop. The “angry logger” event is a competition to see who can throw a (non-working) chainsaw the farthest, (as though in anger at not getting it to start).

One competitor to watch will be Larry Jones of Kremmling, who has been competing in such events for 40 years.

“He’s kind of a local legend,” said Caleb Smiley, event promoter, who also plans to compete.

In addition to drawing locals, entrants have come from all over including several from Northern California, Arizona, and possibly Virginia.

The lumberjack show will be using aspen for timber, as it is the only nearby available green wood. Smiley hopes this will help attract more attention to the beetle epidemic.

Saturday highlights a new event for the Grand Rendezvous at 1 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. in the form of the WindRiver Dancers. Hailing from Fort Washakie, Wyo., the group will perform traditional Native American dances while dressed in traditional clothing.

“We’re always trying to enhance it each year,” said Laurie Findley, executive director of the Granby Chamber of Commerce. “They [the dancers] will be fantastic.”

The entire event is family friendly with free admission. Activities for children include a bouncy house, a beer garden for adults, and opportunities to buy souvenirs from vendors. The Chamber recommends bringing lawn chairs to sit and relax at this all-day event.

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