Mary and Savannah at CWFR’s and 11th Annual Downtown Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival (Oil City Staff)

CASPER, Wyo. — The mercury will flirt with triple-digit temperatures Saturday, a day that’s brimming with plenty to do in and around Casper.

The National Weather Service in Riverton is calling for a sunny, hot and breezy Saturday with a high near 98 and a west southwest wind 9 to 17 mph. Gusts could be as high as 26 mph.

There will be plenty to do under Saturday’s sunny skies with events starting early in the morning.

At 8 a.m. at the Casper Boat Club at Alcova Lake, the 2022 Casper Karma Yoga Festival will get underway. Yoga teachers from the area will come together to help raise funds for Casper’s Healthcare for the Homeless and the Natrona County Suicide Awareness Task Force. The all-day event will feature classes every hour with lunch available at noon. Tickets are available at the event’s website by clicking here.

Also starting at 8 a.m. is Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo’s 12th annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival on East 2nd Street between South Center and South David streets with registration and free pancake breakfast. The free event is open to all ages. Chalk will be provided and the first 300 participants get a free rodeo ticket and T-Shirt featuring last year’s selected artwork, courtesy of Pepsi.

From 10 a.m. to noon, the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum, 3740 Jourgensen Ave., will celebrate Independence Day and Wyoming’s Statehood Day. The Wyoming National Guard Museum will help visitors learn about the history of the U.S. flag. Participants will have a chance to make their own “Star Spangled Slime”. The free program is open to elementary school aged children and families.

ART 321, 321 W. Midwest Ave., will host its Clay Art Market from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The market will feature artists from across the state and offer visitors a behind-the-scenes look at how artists create ceramic pieces. There will be live demonstrations and clay art activities for all ages. A food truck and beverages will be available. Featured artists include ART 321’s Ceramics Collective, Black Hat Market, The Clay Works, Deep Blue Designs, Michael Plourde Ceramic Fine Art, Rod Dugal Ceramics, Rusty Brick Pottery, Silver Sage Ceramics, and Surrender to the Throw.

Let’Er Buck Car Wash, 4320 E. 2nd St., is fundraising from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the National Historic Trails Center. $1 for every car washed will go to the center as it celebrates its 20th year of operation. Center volunteers also will be collecting donations at the car wash.

Those looking to take a mid-morning indoor break are welcome to visit The Void, 128 E. 2nd St., for a Mario Kart Tournament. Registration is free at and the tournament is open to all ages. More information is available at

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the public is invited to Mills for the town’s annual Summer Fest. There will be bouncy houses, food trucks, music, vendors and more for visitors to enjoy.

Mayor Seth Coleman gives kids a ride with the Pop in the Shop barrel train at Mills Summer Fest August 22, 2020 (Gregory Hirst)

Also starting at 11 a.m. is a Shinedown-themed block party at Oil City Axe Co. and Black Sunday Tattoo. Ongoing until 2 p.m. at 801 N. Center St., there will be an ax-throwing contest, flash tattoos, food trucks, music, giveaways and more. Visitors can enter to win a Shinedown grand prize package that includes two tickets, a signed CD set and a signed set list.

At 1 p.m., the Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library and Casper Humane Society will host a Tales with Tails program where kids read to the shelter animals to help socialize and calm the animals. Interested readers are asked to call the Humane Society at 307-265-5439 to sign up.