A mountain town party

Six different musical acts are scheduled to be part of the Elevation 8076' Celebration on Sunday in Centennial. The festival is a fundraiser for Albany County Sheriff's Search and Rescue and the Centennial Valley Volunteer Fire Department. Scheduled acts include, clockwise from top left, Emily Faber, Mean Mary, The Two Tacks, Woodpile, and Sandy Wells. Courtesy photos

A festival of mountain life is coming to the Snowy Range this weekend when Centennial plays host to the Elevation 8076’ Celebration.

The inspiration of Mike and Kathleen McShane, owners of the Mountain View Historic Hotel and Café, the Elevation 8076’ Celebration is a town-wide event that includes musicians, artists and more.

“It’s an outdoor thing,” Mike McShane said. “It’s supposed to celebrate the mountains.”

Musical performances are set to kick off at 1 p.m. Sunday on a stage at the Mountain View Hotel. Scheduled acts include Laramie’s The WoodPile followed by Emily Faber, also of Laramie. Sheridan’s The Two Tracks is scheduled to play at 3 p.m., followed by Aces and Eights from Sturgis, South Dakota; Mean Mary James from Nashville, Tennessee and Sandy Wells Band of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Tickets are $10, and proceeds will benefit Centennial Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Albany County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue.

McShane said the line-up is a collection of bands that play “real country music,” with a mixture of local, regional and touring acts.

“We try to bring a variety of bands in,” he said.

Artists will have booths set up across town selling made-in-Wyoming wares, a distinction McShane said was important.

“We try to lean toward that,” he said.

Centennial’s food and drink establishments will also be open all day, he said.

The Centennial Valley Volunteer Fire Department and Albany County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue are two volunteer-run organizations that play an integral role in the safety of the mountain town’s residents and visitors, McShane said.

“The fire department is the first people that move in a search call or a rescue call,” he said.

“Then they call Search and Rescue.”

Search and Rescue responds to calls across the county, often looking for people reported missing from camping, hiking and hunting trips in the Snowy Range. The Centennial Valley Volunteer Fire Department has more than 20 volunteers that respond to structural fires, wild fires and medical emergencies in the Centennial Valley.

“They keep people safe,” McShane said of the two organizations.

Also this weekend, the Nici Self Museum Art Show and Sale is scheduled for 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The Centennial Library Book Sale is set for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Tuesday.

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