Pioneer Costume Contest
A popular annual event, the Pioneer Costume Contest is family friendly and fun for all. Dress up as your favorite character and join the fun competing for awards & ribbons. Past participants have come as Harvey girls, shifty-eyed snake oil salesmen, rugged mountain men, military soldiers, cowboys, lawmen, and pioneers.
This contest is not just about sharing your costume with others; it's also about the story you tell of how you made it, what was funny, difficult, inspiring about making it, and any other anecdotes that may bring a smile to our faces. So make sure to invest as much energy and creativity in your storytelling as you do in creating your costume!
There's a gold rush going on at Furnace Creek! All you need is a gold pan and the desire to have some fun. Black sand and gravel swirl as participants celebrate Death Valley's rich gold mining heritage at the Death Valley '49ers Gold Panning Championship.
Contestants pan for pea-sized nuggets as family and friends cheer them on. The fastest time wins, and the top finishers in each division receive trophies and prizes!
Chairman “T” Ted Tatro invites young and old alike to learn how to “pan fer gold", then enter our contest “Pan to Win”. The contest is conducted in accordance with international championship rules.
Pampered Pet Parade
For many years, encampment-goers of all ages have delighted in this entertaining event — the Pampered Pet Parade! From lap dogs in biker outfits to an iguana on a leash, the Pet Parade provides wholesome fun and entertainment for the entire family!
We hope that you will join us under the tent at Furnace Creek Ranch & Resort (just south of the pool). There is NO entry fee to take part, but membership is required, so be sure to wear your Membership Badge.
This colorful, crowd-pleasing event will be hosted by MC Ted Tatro and Chairperson Letha Tatro. MC Ted will introduce each pet and their owner, and judges will decide the winners. All pets must be under control and on a leash.