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Elkfest Celebrates Its 47th Year in Jacksonville, WY

February 25, 2015 by


Elkfest is a different kind of festival held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the weekend before Memorial Day. It centers around the Boy Scouts of America’s Annual Elk antler Auction.

That’s right, it’s all about elk antlers.

Each year the elk shed their antlers, and the Boy Scouts go out and hunt for and collect them to sell during Elkfest. Last year the scouts brought in a record amount of money with 75 percent of the proceeds being given to the National Elk Refuge for habitat enhancement and interpretive programs.

Chili Cookoff

Antlers and More

Whether you’re a craftsman looking for antlers for your trade, or just curious about what 6,000 to 9,000 pounds of elk antlers look like, the Elkfest offers the largest collection of antlers for sale in any one place.

But the festival features much more to do and see with displays and vendors, including a food court.

Great Elk Tour

The Great Elk Tour is the Elk Foundation’s newly designed premier traveling conservation exhibit that offers a better understanding of the habitat needed to support these splendid animals. It helps conserve elk country for them and other wildlife who live in Wyoming’s wide-open landscapes.


Kid’s Corner

Elkfest offers fun for the kids, too, with educational displays and games like the animal ID quiz to see how much they know about mammals in the area. While these activities are designed with kids in mind, adults will learn a lot of fun facts, too.

You can even learn how to start hunting for elk antlers yourself. Along with the fun, kids will also learn information on bear safety, wildlife diseases and regulations for fishing and hunting.

Other Elkfest activities include live music, a bow and arrow competition, hawk and knife competition, and shopping for authentic earth-made wares from vendors wearing period clothing. And while you do, it offers an interactive opportunity to learn the ways of historical camps.

And don’t miss some of the best of the west chili as local and regional contestants do their best to cook up their tastiest variety.

Photo credits: Latham Jenkins, Wyomings Windriver Countrykid, Mark Kozeal

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