John Wesley Powell Festival

Join us for a two day festival that celebrates Powell, Wyoming's namesake Major John Wesley Powell. We are highlighting local foods, outdoor recreation and the arts.

All Events are at Homesteader Park in Powell, Wyoming.

JWP Kids Carnival May 21st

Bike Races • Carnival • Kids Boat Float • More

The festivities will start right after school on Friday, May 21, 2021. Come and enjoy the kids bike races. There will be local food, arts and crafts projects, a kids boat float, geodes, carnival games and more! Don't miss the verbal dual between John Wesley Powell and Buffalo Bill Cody. Fun for the whole family!

Entry fee $5/ kid. Adults enter for free. 

Price includes: Bike Races, Homesteader Activities, Spinners & Weavers Activity, AmeriCorps Ducks on a Pond, Park County Library Mosaic Seed Crafts and Outdoor Games, VBS make your own Hula Hoop, Climb in CDL Truck, Fire Truck, Police Car and Ambulance, one round of inflatables and a Dance Party! 

Schedule of Events Friday, May 21, 2021

Friday, May 21th 1:30 - 3:00PM 
Bring your bike and sign up for kids bike races around Homesteader Park. The Bike races are included with the entry fee. Every kid gets a race number, mustache and participation medal. 

Bike Races for kids around Homesteader Park 

Preschool - Kindergarten race at 1:30pm (training wheels and strider bikes welcome) 

1st & 2nd Graders at 2:00pm (single speed bikes) 

3rd & 4th Graders 2:30pm (single speed or geared bikes)

5th & 6th Graders 3:00pm (single speed or geared bikes)


Friday, May 21th 1:00 - 3:30PM 
Buy a boat at the Powell MakerSpace booth at Homesteader Park in Powell, Wyoming. Assemble & decorate your boat the boat float on Friday for $5

Friday, May 21th 4:00pm - 4:30pm Boat Float
Homesteader Park Fishing Pond

Before the event! - Make your own boat for the Boat Float. 

Wednesday, May 19th 3:30 - 4:30PM 
Make your own boat for the boat float on Friday (assemble & decorate) for $5

Thursday, May 20th 10:30 - 11:30PM 
Make your own boat for the boat float on Friday (assemble & decorate) for $5


Friday, May 21st 1pm - 6pm 
Visit the Homesteader Museum's booth at Homesteader Park in Powell, Wyoming for the bubble station, break open a geode, rock painting and paint by number on a community mural. All activities at the Homesteader tent on Friday are included with entry fee. 

Bubbles • Geodes • Rocks • Mural  

The mural will be on one community canvas, paint by number, of John Wesley Powell. After the event see your art work outside the Homesteader Museum on the fence!

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Friday, May 21st 1pm - 6pm
Make your own musical instrument at the Park County Arts Council booth @ $5 

Make and Take your own Musical instruments

Make and Take your own Musical instruments at the Kids Carnival at Homesteader Park in Powell, Wyoming. Choose your own instrument a rain stick, shaker, drum or finger harp.  


Friday, May 21st 1pm - 6pm

Mechanical Pony Rides 

Kids love racing around on the mechanical ponies. The ponies race as fast as you can maneuver them. Knight of Columbus pony rides, fun to watch, fun to ride @ $1


Friday, May 21st 1pm - 6pm

Ducks on a Pond 

AmeriCorps VISTAs are hosting ducks on a pond carnival game. Kids toss a ring around a duck and the adults have to answer a local trivia question about one of the sites where a VISTA serves.

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Beers • Bourbon • Beards • Bikes May 22nd

Local Foods

Food from Powell is grown with care by generations of farm families. The source of our water, snowmelt from Yellowstone National Park, finds its way to our farms' headgates and into your foods. You can taste the difference.

Ride Like JWP Bike Race

Saturday, May 22th 9am - 11am 
Can you ride like John Wesley Powell?  Sign up to ride paved and gravel roads around barley fields, stop to set water, put a puzzle together then brave the firehose finish for this legendary 20 mile race. Ride as a team to complete the challenges or solo. Oh yeah, all while one-handed like our namesake John Wesley Powell, ok so this is just a one-handed start!

Participants will receive a beard and a t-shirt at the registration table.  Race starts at 9AM Ride or cheer on the riders!


Pre-register on the trusted website 

Bearded Tent

Saturday, May 22th 11am - 8pm 
Enjoy bourbon and cigars in the manly man tent. We will have manly monalouges, grunting and create a ruckus.

Bourbon tastings will be at set times. Get a flight of bourbon and enjoy literary readings at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.

You can enjoy beer and bourbon at anytime. The bearded tent has a view of the Big Horn Mountains and yard games.

Bag a Beard Cornhole Tournament

Saturday, May 22th 2pm - 5:30pm 
Not into biking?  Then play cornhole with your buddies.  Or, play after you finish the race.  The winning team will receive a one-of-a-kind illustrated JWP cornhole board.

Get your team and sign up now! Space is limited.

Teetotaler Tent

homesteader museum logo

The Homesteader Museum is hosting the John Wesley Powell Teetotaler Tent. John Wesley was a teetotaler after all! His men however, did smuggle a keg a whiskey in one of the boats. Perhaps, this fact will end up in the local history trivia game hosted by the Homesteader Museum at 2pm on Saturday, May 22nd.

Sign up for bingo, enjoy playing while sipping tea throughout the day @ $1/ sheet or $5 blackout.


The Park County Arts Council is hosting a Drink and Draw. You get a beverage from the Bearded Tent and PCTC will guide you through a make and take art project! If you are an artist or a novice you will love the dot to dot and paint by number activities.

Dance into the Night

Saturday, May 22th 6pm - 8pm 

The community keeps asking for a dance, well now you have got it! Come out with a friend or your favorite partner and dance the night away.


Homesteader Park in Powell, Wyoming
1065 E Coulter Ave, Powell, WY 82435