Each year over Labor Day weekend hundreds of spectators flock to the Big Horn Equestrian Center in Big Horn in search of a piece of the past at Don King Days.

Named for the late, world-renowned saddle-maker Don King, the annual event provides a fitting finale to the summer’s action-packed festivities.

Don King Days, a two-day event, features classic rodeo events — though some have a unique twist.

For example, cowboys compete in bronc riding, but they mount the animal without the aid of a chute or helpers, and those with shins of steel compete in wild cow milking. Another favorite is the World Championship Blacksmiths Horseshoeing Contest.

Steer roping, polo and other traditional rodeo events are also featured.

The Big Horn Equestrian Center provides an ideal location for Don King Days with its breathtaking views of the Bighorn Mountains and no fences or arenas to separate the audience from the action.

The annual event began in1989 when local ranchers wanted to honor King, owner of King’s Saddlery and King Ropes and developer of “Sheridan style” tooled leather.