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Crimson Dawn Midsummer’s Eve on Casper Mountain cancelled due to COVID-19

A woman dressed for the 2019 Crimson Dawn Midsummer’s Eve event walks through the park on Casper Mountain. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

UPDATE: Crimson Dawn will open the park for the season on June 15. The park will be closed on June 21 to prevent large Midsummer’s Eve gatherings over COVID-19 safety concerns.

CASPER, Wyo. — Crimson Dawn Park & Museum said on Thursday, May 21 that their annual Midsummer’s Eve celebration on Casper Mountain has been cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The event is beloved to all of us,” Crimson Dawn posted to Facebook. “It breaks my heart that there is no way to have it in a safe manner this year so… The MIDSUMMER PUBLIC EVENT IS CANCELLED for 2020.”

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“Also, in an attempt to ensure the safety of the public the PARK WILL BE CLOSED on June 21st. There will be a sheriff posted to turn people away.”

Photos galleries are available from the 2019 Midsummer’s Eve and the 2018 Midsummer’s Eve.

Crimson Dawn atop Casper Mountain’s story dates back to the 1930s. Each year, Crimson Dawn hosts a Midsummer’s Eve festival to celebrate the summer solstice, which hearkens back to the park’s origins.

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

“The story of Crimson Dawn began in the early 1930s, when founder Elizabeth Neal Forsling, a native Missourian with a knack for storytelling and a keen imagination, hosted a Midsummer’s Eve party for her friends and their children,” the county says.

“Soon, the Crimson Dawn area became a haven for area artists and a place where folks could visit and be whisked 1,000 miles away from everyday travails. Despite the name’s rather clandestine undertones, there’s nothing to be afraid of at this unique facility, located on the enchanted slopes of Casper Mountain.”

Wood carvings and other natural elements are arranged into exhibits on the property, telling stories of witches and magical creatures.

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

“Storylines inspired by the mystique of the land come to life for all who enter this magical realm,” Crimson Dawn says on Facebook. “History and mystery beckon from atop Casper Mountain in the heart of central Wyoming.”

“Trails wind gently among the pine and aspen while the log cabin museum provides a warm step back in time. Crimson Dawn Park and Museum welcomes you to the enchanted world of Neal Forsling’s creative and inspirational legacy.”

The park is generally open from June 15-Sept. 15 each year. Crimson Dawn will reopen the park for the season June 15, but will be closed June 21 to prevent large Midsummer’s Eve gatherings over COVID-19 safety concerns.

(Brendan LaChance, Oil, City)

The Latest Statistics from the Wyoming Department of Health:

What to do if you are feeling sick: In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Casper-Natrona County Health Department says that people who are feeling sick or exhibiting symptoms should contact their primary physician.

If you do not have a primary care provider, and live in Natrona County, please contact the COVID-19 hotline, operated by the Casper-Natrona County Department of Health. The line is open Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 577-9892. Hotline services are intended for Natrona County residents and may not be able to provide specific information to persons calling from out of county.

Officials ask that you please do not self-report to the Emergency Room. Persons experiencing problems breathing should call 9-11.

For general inquiries and non-symptom related questions about COVID-19, please contact the Casper-Natrona County Health Department via email:

  • Practice Social Distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

A list of area closures attributed to COVID-19 are available here.