May 19 and 20, 2018, kicks off Saturday morning with the 51st annual Boy Scouts Elk Antler Auction, where antler piles line the streets of Jackson, Wyoming for bidding at an exciting live auction. The Boy Scouts work hard each spring collecting naturally shed elk antlers for bidding and proudly display their treasures to antlers-shoppers from around the globe for purchase. Auction proceeds fund habitat enhancement projects on the National Elk Refuge as well as the Jackson Hole Scouting program.
Also beginning on Saturday is the Mountain Man Rendezvous and Traders Row at the Teton County Fairgrounds, which runs through May 28. Here, visitors can experience history with an interactive twist with such traditional frontier challenges as the Bow & Arrow and Hawk & Knife competitions – or receive a sweet treat from the recently added candy cannon. Then on Sunday, May 20, guests are encouraged to come hungry to the annual High Noon Chili Cook Off where Jackson’s finest is served up at just $5 dollars a bowl, in hopes of gaining the votes to be crowned “Best of the West.”