Horse Previews Magazine website - Posted on 05/07/2001; 2:00:00PM.

Backcountry Horsemen of Washington: Annual Packers Rendezvous

The Backcountry Horsemen of Washington's 15th Annual Packers Rendezvous will be held on May 19-20 starting at 9AM at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, WA. It's a real west fest! The Bureau of Land Management will have 30 horses and 12 burros for adoption. Contests include speed packing (preparing packs for a horse or mule as fast as you can that will stay on), truck and trailer rodeo (drivers maneuver rigs through various obstacles) and dutch oven cooking (a judges panel, as well as the public sample and vote). Demonstrations on a variety of packing methods will be hands on. Backcountry skills and trail maintenance are some of the many educational seminars. Commercial vendors will be displaying the latest western wares. A live auction followed with live western entertainment round out the evening's festivities. This is a fun weekend of socializing in a western setting for horsy and non horsy folks!

Enter at the Green Gate on 5th St. SW. $5 all day. Free for children under 12 years. Free to the public at 7PM for Saturday evening's entertainment festivities!

For further information call Alan Halvorson 253 531-0732 or email Web site

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