Friday, October 30, 2020
Labor Day Weekend Includes Free Dolphin Movie, Car Auction and Hispanic Celebration
The City of Ketchum will circle the wagons on Saturday for a Big Hitch tailgate party with plenty of physical distancing.
Friday, September 4, 2020



Things will be relatively quiet in Sun Valley during this Pandemic Labor Day Weekend. That’s on purpose to prevent 17,000 people crowding into town to catch the Big Hitch Parade and other Wagon Days festivities.

But there will be things to do for those who are here:

Idaho reported 263 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday for a total of 32,927. Twin Falls County reported 39 new cases for 1,734. The state has had four new COVID-related deaths in the past two days for a total of 372.

  • This weekend is your last opportunity to ride Sun Valley’s Roundhouse Gondola until winter. Catch a ride to have lunch at The Roundhouse. Or, hike to the top and ride the Christmas lift and gondola down.
  • Sun Valley Resort will offer a free screening of the family-friendly movie “Dolphin Tale” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5. The movie follows a marine biologist played by Harry Connick Jr., a prosthetics designer played by Morgan Freeman and a boy who band together to save the life of a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap. Others in the movie include Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson.

    Spots are available on the lawn for groups of two, four and eight. Masks are required.

  • Check out the classic Chevy convertibles and other head turners at The Silver Auctions Sun Valley Car Auction Saturday and Sunday on the lawn at Sun Valley Resort.
  • Although the Big Hitch Parade is cancelled, the City of Ketchum will have a Wagon Days Tailgate Party—with distance. The city will circle the iconic ore wagons that used to haul silver and freight up and down Trail Creek Road in Festival Meadows on Sun Valley Road from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5.

    Families are invited to bring picnics and enjoy live music. Free 2020 Wagon Days posters will be given out.

    Blaine County did not report any new cases on Thursday for the third day in a row. It has had 606 cases since the pandemic was first confirmed in Idaho in mid-March.

  • Check out new works by Neal Philpott, Andrzej Skorut and Jennifer Lowe when Kneeland Gallery throws open its doors for an artists’ reception from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight—Friday 4. The gallery is located at 271 First Avenue N. in Ketchum.
  • Watch students paint a new mural on the backside of Jane’s Artifacts in Hailey all day today and Saturday.
  • Ponder the future of the American cowboy as The Argyros in Ketchum shows free screenings of “Gathering Remnants—A Tribute to the Working Cowboy” 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m. today through Sunday. The café will be open for those who wish to purchase lattes and wine.

    The documentary was filmed in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Texas by Sun Valley filmmakers Kendall Nelson and John Plummer.

  • Celebrate the kickoff for Hispanic Heritage Month from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Jhony’s Peruvian Restaurant in Hailey. There’ll be music, food, live performances and raffles. For more information, contact Herbert Romero at 208-309-5902 or at


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