August Booshway Corner
The Magic of Bridger
August 4, 2017
We are only a few short weeks from the Bridger rendezvous and the anticipation builds by the day. I can’t help but wonder what makes Bridger so special. There are rendezvous gatherings almost every weekend all over the Rockies, but none compare to Bridger. I have come to the conclusion that there isn’t just one thing that makes it the best event during labor day.
First and foremost, there is the site. Fort Bridger covers so much history, no other place can hold so much reverence. There have been attempts over the years to move the event to another area, but they have failed. There is magic on these grounds.
Second, the cooperation between the State of Wyoming and the rendezvous board is awe inspiring. The goal for all is to put on an event that represents the fur trade era as close as possible and yet make it welcome to the average visitor. There are many meetings throughout the year that irons out plans and concerns. All of the preplanning helps to solve issues and potential problems before they occur.
Third, there cannot be enough said about the dedication and passion of the board members. Most have been on the board for several years because they have a genuine interest in making this event work. If you were to ask any of the board members, who are all unpaid volunteers, why they would put in the time required to belong to the board, they would say that they enjoy being on the front line and there is a family like chemistry that evolves by each working toward the same goal. There is a satisfaction in participating in a successfully run organization.
Fourth, the events. There is so much going on that it would be impossible to do them all. For many, it is difficult to choose which event to attend when activities happen at the same time. Few people have the energy to participate in events going on all day. It doesn’t matter if you are a history buff, participating in the competitions, wandering traders row, or taking in the Indian Dancers and Bag Pipers. There is plenty for everyone.
Lastly and most importantly, the participants themselves. The traders, the primitive campers on the fort, and all other visitors come with an a festive attitude. Much has to do with the holiday being the last one before the start of Fall and school, but there is so much more. Looking forward to seeing your friends, participating in a family reunion, or just enjoying the biggest camp out ever, makes Bridger a success.
Is Bridger magic? Absolutely! It doesn’t happen on its own, but there are so many organizations, and participants that want this to happen, it is doomed to success. I look forward to seeing everyone there and hope to meet old and new friends throughout the weekend.