year on the third Saturday of September Imnaha comes alive
with fun, food, festivities when 300 to 800 people roll into town. It's time for the Imnaha Canyon Day celebration.
11a.m., a black powder muzzle-loader get fires off. That's
the signal for the parade to start.
the parade, local musicians have an old-time country hoe
down in the street, which entertains the crowd while they
wait in line for the delicious Bear and Rattlesnake Feed
at the rustic Imnaha Store. Each year about 300 snakes are
served and seven bear roasted in a barbecue pit. Profits
from the feed go to the Imnaha Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Imnaha Rodeo Club holds an old fashioned play day every
year 1-5 p.m. It includes events such as barrel racing,
pole bending and keyhole racing; visitors are invited to
bring along their horses and join in. Interspersed are events
for the kids without horses such as goat tail tying, stick-horse
races and wheelbarrow races.
the Cow Chip Lottery, a Scholarship Fund money-raiser, commences
and a cow is put into her pen with carefully marked off squares.
Everyone anxiously waits to see on which square the cow will
drop her chips to determine the lucky winner for a prize
is another old-fashioned and popular event--a Tug-Of-War
contest with both men's and women's divisions. Five-member
teams compete for prizes and the honor of having their names
inscribed on 3-foot trophies displayed at the Imnaha Store.
Wagon dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. at the rodeo grounds.
wind up a perfect Imnaha kind of day, a dance is held from
7-11 p.m. at the Rodeo grounds.
you want to taste life as it used to be, come early and stay
late in this little country cow town and have a good old-fashioned