(PHOTOS) Donkey Creek Festival 2022 kicks off

Donkey Creek Festival 2022 (Ryan Lewallen/County 17)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — June winds and a brewing thunderstorm didn’t stop the 2022 Donkey Creek Festival from driving forward Friday night as planned.

Dozens of residents packed into a grassy field behind Gillette College during the annual festival kickoff on June 17. Some chose to set up shop along the outskirts while others spread their blankets and camping chairs near or beneath a large awning covering the stage.

Beating drums, melodic electric guitar notes, and rap mixes; residents filed to and fro across the Donkey Creek Bridge to socialize while listening to local and regional musicians apply their craft.

The festival will continue throughout today, June 18, with the final performance scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Here are a few photos of opening night: