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Celebrate Jackson Hole ElkFest May 18th-19th, 2019!

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.

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 2018 Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction results from the National Elk Refuge, please click here: 2018_elk_antler_auction_results_.pdf

Saturday, May 18th Events Schedule 

9:00 AM-5:00 PM Daily: Mountain Man Rendezvous and Traders Row:

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 Dan or Brenda Thyer at (406) 682-5255. Click here.

7:00 am: Antler lots for BSA Elk Antler Auction ready for viewing

7:00 AM -1:00PM : Food provided by Jackson Youth Baseball

8:00 AM -3:00 PM: Private Antler Sale north of the Town Square (on Center Street) by Rotary Club, contact J.R. Berezay at 307.732.5944 with any questions

8:00 AM -3:00 PM: 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.

9:00 AM-1:00 PM: Kids’ Corner – including educational tables and games. Sponsored by Wyoming Game & Fish, the National Elk Refuge, and the Jackson Hole Historical Society.

9:00 AM: Registration for Boy Scouts of America Elk Antler Auction begins on Town Square

9:00-9:45 AM : Enjoy a free concert by Jackson Hole Community Band

9:00 AM: Aerial Tram Opens – Free to locals (with ID) and discounted rates online at

10:00 AM-1:00 PM: World Famous Jackson Hole Boy Scout Elk Antler Auction and Jackson B.S.A. Boy Scout and Cub Scout Expo

4:30 PM: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Casino Games and Silent Auction begins

7:00 PM: 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 19th Events Schedule 

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

Come to Center Street to taste the best Chili in town, participating restaurants and organizations to be announced soon! Do you think you have the best chili recipie?

Sign up here for the 2019 Chili Cook-Off!!

Any questions about the Chili Cook-Off email Special Events Manager, Caitlin Colby, at or call directly at 307-201-2309.


Judges Choice Professional:

1. Lucky’s Market

2. Little Red Cafe

Judges Choice Amateur:

1. Scouts BSA

2. Scott Eren

People’s Choice Professional – Little Red Cafe

People’s Choice Amateur – Scouts BSA


Who to contact?

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 Dan and Brenda Thayer at 406-682-5255.

For more information about the Jackson Hole High Noon Chili Cook-Off, please contact Caitlin Colby at or call the Chamber at 307.733.3316. Want to sign up for the cook-off, click here!


Upcoming Jackson Hole ElkFest Dates: May 16-17, 2020

Updated February 2019

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