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City Hall
P.O. Box 2315
480 East Ave. N.
Ketchum, ID  83340
Ph: 208.726.3841
Fax: 208.726.8234
Wagon Days in Ketchum
Big Hitch ParadeOverview
In 1958, a group of locals met at the Casino Bar on Main Street Ketchum to discuss how to best fulfill the wish of the Lewis Family that the ore wagons, granted to the City of Ketchum, be publicly displayed once a year. From that fateful night sprung the Wagon Days Parade. The first Wagon Days was held on Kate Lewis’ birthday, the widow of Horace Lewis, owner of the Lewis String Ore Wagons.

Importance of the Event
The history of mining in the Wood River Valley began in the late 1800’s. The Wagon Days Big Hitch Parade, the centerpiece of the holiday weekend, showcases the only link people in Ketchum, Stanley, and Challis had with the outside world prior to the arrival of the railroad.

Authentic Costumes
Parade Details
The Big Hitch Parade has grown into the largest non-motorized parade in the West, displaying more than a hundred museum-quality buggies, carriages, tacks, carts, buckboards, and wagons of every variety in existence today. The Wagon Days Big Hitch is powered by an authentic sixteen-draft mule jerkline. Adding spice to the parade is a lively assortment of authentically costumed individuals, numerous breeds of horses, including Arabs, Morgans, and Pasos, as well as professional and scholastic marching bands from around the state and the intermountain west.