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Celebrate Wapiti & Wilderness During Jackson Hole ElkFest May 19-20, 2018

ElkFest, a weekend of activities built around the 51st 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. To learn about the 2017 Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction results from the National Elk Refuge, please click here.

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.

Saturday, May 19th Events Schedule 

7am: Antler lots for BSA Elk Antler Auction ready for viewing
7am-1pm: Food Court provided by Jackson Youth Baseball
8am-3pm: Private Antler Sale north of the Town Square (on Center Street) by Rotary Club, contact J.R. Berezay at 307.732.5944.
8am-3pm: 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-1pm: Kids’ Corner – including educational tables and games. Sponsored by Wyoming Game & Fish, the National Elk Refuge, and the Jackson Hole Historical Society
9am: Registration for Boy Scouts of America Elk Antler Auction begins Free concert by Jackson Hole Community Band
9-9:45am: Elkfest gifts – Purchase your exclusive Elkfest t-shirts and ball caps. The Grand Teton Association sponsors the Elkfest gifts booth. All proceeds will benefit the National Elk Refuge.
9am-1pm: Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum booth
9am: Aerial Tram Opens – Free to locals (with ID) and discounted rates online at
10am-1pm: World Famous Jackson Hole Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction
10am-1pm: Jackson B.S.A. Boy Scout and Cub Scout Expo
4:30pm: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Casino Games and Silent Auction begins
7pm: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Big Game Banquet Annual Fundraising Dinner. For more information, call Chuck Teske at 307-739-0951 or Ann Patton at 307-734-9549 or

Sunday, May 20th Events Schedule 

Jackson Hole High Noon Chili Cook-Off 12:00 - 3:00 PM

Click here to enter to High Noon Jackson Hole Chili Cook-Off

Noon: Join the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce in celebrating the conclusion of Elkfest weekend over hot chili and cold beverages. Entrance for the public is just $5. Professional and amateur teams compete to deliver the best chili in the west! Do you have an exceptional chili recipe? Consider entering the cook-off! Call the Chamber for more information at 307.733.3316. Congratulations to the 2017 High Noon Chili Cook-Off award-winners, Moe’s Original BBQ, Bistro Catering, Wort Hotel Silver Dollar Bar & Grill, Boy Scouts, and Deer Creek Chili! Click here to read the blog!

Saturday, May 19-Monday, May 28, 2018

Mountain Man Rendezvous and Traders Row

9:00am-5:00pm Daily: Traders Row, Candy Cannon, Bow & Arrow Competition, Hawk & Knife Competition, and Atlatl Competition at the Teton County Fairgrounds. Continues through Old West Days. For more information contact Betsy Johnson at 801.641.9451. Click here.

Thank You, 2017 Sponsors!

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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 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 18-19, 2019
May 16-17, 2020



Updated March 2018

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