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Celebrate Wapiti & Wilderness During Jackson Hole ElkFest May 20-21, 2017

ElkFest, a weekend of activities built around the 50th annual world famous Jackson Hole Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction, is an exciting time for celebrating nature, outdoor skills, and hunting and ecological education and awareness.

Every spring, thousands of elk wintering on the National Elk Refuge lose their antlers before they migrate to their summer range. The Boy Scouts assist the Refuge with harvesting the shed antlers and auction them to bidders from around the world who make furniture, wall decorations, jewelry and food products from them. This annual event, which includes the High Noon Chili Cook-Off and the Mountain Man Rendezvous kick-off, supports the National Elk Refuge with a large portion of auction proceeds going back to habitat enhancement projects on the Refuge.

For more information on ElkFest, contact the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce at or 307.733.3316.

Traditional Schedule for Saturday

7am: Preview antler lots for Boy Scouts of America Elk Antler Auction

7am-1pm: Food Court provided by Jackson Youth Baseball

8am-2pm: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Great Elk Tour – the premier traveling conservation exhibit with some of the largest bull elk in the world! Sponsored by the National Elk Refuge

9am: Registration begins for Boy Scouts of America

9am-1pm: Elk Antler Auction
Kids’ Corner - including educational tables and games. Sponsored by Wyoming Game & Fish, Jackson Hole Weed Management, National Elk Refuge, and the Jackson Hole Historical Society

9am-1pm: Elk Fest gifts – Purchase your exclusive 2016 Elk Fest t-shirts and ball caps. The Grand Teton Association sponsors the Elk Fest gifts booth. All proceeds will bene t the National Elk Refuge.

8am-3pm: Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum booth
Private Antler Sale north of the Town Square (on Center Street) by Rotary Club, contact J.R. Berezay at 307.732.5944

10am-1pm: World Famous Jackson Hole Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction

10am-1pm: Jackson Boy Scouts of America Boy Scout and Cub Scout Expo

5pm: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Casino Games and Silent Auction begins at the Bar J Chuckwagon

7pm: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Big Game Banquet Annual Fundraising Dinner at the Bar J Chuckwagon. For more information, call Chuck Teske at 307-739-0951 or Ann Patton at 307-734-9549 or

Traditional Schedule for Sunday

Jackson Hole High Noon Chili Cook-Off

Noon: Join the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce and the Howdy Pardners Ambassador in celebrating chili cuisine. Teams compete to deliver the best tastes of chili in the West! Professional and amateur teams will take pride to serve you up some of the best chili to wind down the ElkFest weekend. For more information, contact Events Coordinator Renee Leone, 307.201.2309 or  Congratulations to the 2016 High Noon Chili Cook-Off award-winners: Smokin’ Iron, Snake River Brewing Company, Purely by Chance Farm, The Whitesides Deer Creek Chili, The Wort, and Jackson Hole High School Culinary Program. Click here to read the blog entry!

Saturday, May 21-Monday, May 30, 2016

Mountain Man Rendezvous and Traders Row

9:00am-5:00pm Daily: Experience history with a modern twist! Traders Row will feature refreshments and hand-crafted goods along with interactive competitions featuring Bow & Arrow, Hawk & Knife Competition, and Atlatl. The Mountain Man Rendezvous traditionally begins ElkFest weekend and continues through Old West Days. For more information, please contact the booshway, Betsy Johnson, 801.641.9451. Click here.

Thank You, 2016 Sponsors!

Get More Information

Contact Info: For more information about ElkFest visit the, for more information about the BSA Elk Antler Auction visit To register for the Antler Auction, please contact Cliff or Loretta Kirkpatrick at or 307.733.5935. For more information about the Mountain Man Rendezvous, please contact the booshway, Betsy Johnson, 801.641.9451. For more information about the Jackson Hole High Noon Chili Cook-Off, please contact Renee Leone, Events Coordinator, or call the Chamber at 307.733.3316.

Elk Antler Hunters: Are you planning to join the fun as an elk antler hunter? Please be sure to note new parking and access information. See information from the National Elk Refuge, click here. See information from the Teton County Sherrif's Office, click here.

Upcoming Jackson Hole ElkFest Dates

May 19-20, 2018
May 18-19, 2019



Updated June 1, 2016

May 21-22, 2016
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