Laramie, WY.  Kite fliers from several surrounding states will be flying some of the largest kites in the state painting Wyoming’s skies with a multitude of colors at this year’s Butch Cassidy Festival being held at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site on June 9 from 9am – 5pm.  Come see giant kites, some up to 525 square feet and some with 100 foot tails as well as stunt kites. Don’t forget your camera there will be plenty of “aerial art” to photograph!   Kids there will be kites available for purchase or you can bring your own and fly them in the wide open area at the event.  Make sure you visit the “Kite Doctor” who will help kids adjust their single line kite and help kids fly their kites!  

This year’s event will have numerous new activities featuring the kite demonstrations, search and rescue dogs, Wyoming wildlife identification, horse-drawn stagecoach rides, corn shelling, bouncy castle and more.  Returning favorite activities are the kids’ money scramble; kids’ stick horse rodeo, a “prisoner” escape, petting zoo, as well as vintage cars and tractors. 

“Butch Cassidy Festival is a community celebration that is designed to engage visitors of all ages with activities, entertainment and education” says Deborah Amend, Site Superintendent.  “Experience a day full of fun from kids’ kites running with the Bols, trick ropers to story time with Moose.  Meet Butch Cassidy and special guest appearance by Smokey the Bear.” 

Author Larry Pointer will give a presentation in the afternoon on his newly released book “Butch Cassidy’s Story: Bandit Invincible” detailing the lives of Butch Cassidy and William Wilcox (aka William Phillips) a Butch Cassidy impersonator who was imprisoned with Cassidy at the Wyoming Territorial Prison.  Mr. Pointer is one of the leading experts on outlaw history and Butch Cassidy in North America. 

 For an evening of fun and good food, the public can stay for supper after the festival activities have ended with a Milk Can Dinner and musical entertainment in the Horse Barn Theater at 5:30 pm. Academy of Western Artist’s Female Performer of the Year Award winning songwriter Mary Kaye will be performing cowboy and outlaw songs. “My western music differs from country music.  We have much to celebrate here in the West and we deserve our own music that celebrates who we are and honors our wild and wooly past.”  says Mary Kaye.  

Admittance to Butch Cassidy Festival is Adults $5, students ages 12 to 17 is $2.50 and children 11 and under free.  The Milk Can Dinner and Musical Show have limited seating and tickets cost $20.00.  

Wyoming Territorial Prison State historic Site, 975 snowy Range Rd. Laramie WY Open daily 8am – 7pm.  Admission charged fro event. 

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Laramie Jubilee Days Events-DONE

Summer is approaching and soon enough it’ll be that time of the year again folks! The 2012 Laramie Jubilee Days will be in full swing starting July 7th. Since its first appearance in the 1940’s, Jubilee Days has evolved from a day long statehood celebration to a week of fun-filled activities. So hold on to your hat, it’s going to be a wild ride!

This year’s week long celebration will kick off at 9:00 AM sharp July 7th with a Kid’s Horse Show at the Albany County Fairgrounds and will be followed by the Mr. T Extreme Bull Riding Calcutta at 4:30 PM at the Holiday Inn. At the fun and exciting Mr. T Extreme Bull Riding Calcutta, both bulls and cowboys will be sold.  The highest bidder buys a chance at winning the pot.  

Next, Sunday July 8, the Ranch Rodeo at 10:00 AM consists of family fun for everyone! Either participate or observe this event including calf branding, steer doctoring, sequential sorting, trailer loading, and more!  Each team consists of 4 people, men, women or otherwise! The cost is $240 per team. Teams will be accepted on a first come, first paid basis.  Participants, get your entry and fees in early. Is it as easy as it sounds? Come on out and you be the judge.

Interested in celebrating Wyoming? Come to the Wyoming Territorial Prison from 11-2 PM on July 10th to show your pride and appreciation for Laramie and the rest of Wyoming.

Get chapped up and ready for the Laramie Jubilee Days Junior Bull Riding on Tuesday, July 10th at 7:00 pm held at the fairgrounds. Interested in competing? Enter by calling 307-760-7777. All contestants must have entry fees paid by 6:00 pm on July 10. General admission to the public will be $5.00 for adults and children 12 and under are free. Come cheer on these young dare devils!

Ready for the most dangerous 8 seconds in sports? Come to the Mr. T Bulling riding on July 11 at 7:00 pm. At this event, each bull will be scored by the 2 PRCA judges.  This is where the Calcutta betters will take a chance at padding their pockets. The bull with the highest score will be deemed the winner (whether the bull is ridden or not).  If “your” cowboy has the highest score at the end of the night, you’re in the money. The bull riding tickets will be $20 ($15 in advance) for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

The Last Chance Team Roping will be held on July 12th at 6:00 pm and the PRCA Rodeo Slack will be at 7:00 am July 13th both at the fairgrounds. If that doesn’t tip your hat, why not join us downtown for some other exciting events. Starting Thursday, July 12th, Downtown Laramie will be hosting events such as the Flaming Gorge Jalapeño Eating Contest, the Jubilee Days Carnival, a downtown fashion show, a pancake breakfast, the Boomerang Chili Cook-off, and the Street Dance.

The Carnival will be held at 5:00 pm on July 11th, at 3:00 pm on July 12th, 12:00 pm on July 13th and July 14th. Get your groove on at the Jubilee Days Downtown Street Dances. These events will be held at 8 o’clock on the 12th, 13th, and 14th and will feature the bands Westbound 40, Barely Gettin’ By, and High Life.

The 2012 ”Flaming Gorge” Jalapeño Eating Contest will take place on the main stage in Historic Downtown Laramie Thursday, July 12th. Participants are asked to show up between 5:00 and 5:30 pm to register taste buds at the ready. The Gorge will commence at 6 pm. For more information email Christa Branch at

Friday, July 13th kicks off the first Downtown Farmer’s Market of the year! Beginning at 3:00 pm, the market is a great place to find fresh vegetables, homemade bread, kettle corn, roasted peppers, homemade salsa, and locally handcrafted pottery and crafts. Also, the Maurice’s Fashion Show will be held at 3:00 pm downtown. Call 307-721-5187 for the details!

The 2012 Ribeye Rodeo will take place on July 13 from 5:30 PM, downtown on Grand Ave. between 2nd and 3rd streets. There is a $10 application fee and application deadline is July 1. Contact Christa Branch at for more information.

Want to experience some thrilling rodeo action?  Then, saddle up and ride on over to the PRCA Rodeo Performances at the Albany County Fairgrounds.  Come support these cowboys chasing their dreams to a championship belt buckle.  There’ll be heroic rides, spills, thrills, and injuries. You’ll be on the edge of your seat to the very end.  The performances will be at 6:30 pm on July 13th and July 14th, and at 1:00 pm on July 15th

July 14th at 10:00 AM will be the annual Jubilee Days Parade celebrating Wyoming Statehood. The Parade that features marching bands, reunion floats, local businesses, horseback riders is always a Laramie favorite during Jubilee Days. Interested in entering the parade, visit the Jubilee Days website:

Thirsty for some ice cold refreshments? The 2012 Brew Fest will be Saturday July 14 from 1-6 pm at the Depot Park. Since its inception in 2006, the Downtown Laramie Brew Fest has attracted more breweries, more sponsors and more participants. In the past, Brew Fest has hosted around 900 people who enjoyed live music, barbeque concessions, and beer samples from over twenty breweries from across the nation. An all day pass costs $27 in advance or $30 at the gate or individuals can purchase the $10 entry fee and receive 3 tokens.  We hope to see you there! See for more information!

The Boomerang Chili Cook-Off will be held Saturday July 14th. The information on entering the Cook-Off and the schedule of the event can be found at or contact the Laramie Boomerang at

The ten days of Laramie Jubilee Days is jam packed with exciting events and there really is something for everyone! Get your tickets now! We hope to see you there! All event information can be found on,, or by calling the Laramie Area Visitor Center at 745-4195.

Live the West

Written by Stefanie Stephens, Office Assistant at Laramie Area Visitor Center

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6th Annual Laramie Area Visitor Center Photo Contest

Written by ACTB Office Assistant, Chrisanna Lund

The Laramie Area Visitor Center’s 6th Annual Photo Contest is in full swing! Everyone is invited to submit as many photos taken in Albany County in the last two years (from 2010 to 2012)  as they so choose! An exciting addition to the annual contest is the opportunity to win “Overall Best Photo,” a $200 prize! First through third place in each category guarantees a $125, $100, $75 prize, respectively. All prize-winning photos have the possibility of being in many of the Albany County Tourism Board’s publications including the Visitor Guide and advertisements distributed nationally AND internationally!

Entries will be judged by a local panel and ten finalists in each category will be displayed at local banks where the citizens of Albany County will be encouraged to vote for their favorite photo. The photos will be in the downtown businesses from April 17th through May 4th, 2012. These voting results will then be used as part of the formula to select the three winning entries in each category! The winning photos will be announced and displayed at the Business After Hours event at the Hilton Garden Inn of Laramie, sponsored jointly by the Albany County Tourism Board, May 10th, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

As stated above, acceptable entries must be original photographs taken in Albany County in the last two years (from 2010 to 2012). Entries will be judged in the following four categories that represent the spirit and people of Albany County:

1. Scenic/Landscape

2. Outdoor Activities (skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing,

snowmobiling, fishing, hiking, biking,  climbing, etc.),

3. Buildings, Museums, and Landmarks

4. OPEN Category (events and any photos that don’t fit into one of the other three categories)

One important side-note to those entering photos in the Scenic/Landscape category: Lake Marie and Medicine Bow Peak are in Carbon County, but very spectacular from the Albany County side, so photographs taken of either of these from the Albany County Side will be accepted.

All photos must be submitted in digital format (.jpg is the best type to submit), at least 300 dpi, and can be in the form of a CD, jump drive, or by e-mail. All contestants must submit their digital photograph and a signed entry form by mail, e-mail, or in person to:

Laramie Area Visitor Center

ATTN: Photo Contest

210 East Custer Street

Laramie, WY 82070

For further information, entry forms, or to see more winning entries from the 2011 Photo Contest visit, call 307-745-4195, or drop by the Visitor Center in person! We look forward to seeing your entries!

Photographs from 2011 LAVC Photo Contest: Train Yard – 1st Place Buildings/Museums – Courtesy of Jacqueline Larson, Lake – 1st Place Summer Activities – Courtesy of Jessie Pate, Ski Lift – 1st Place Winter Activities – Courtesy of Eric Risby, Bucking Chute – 1st Place Western Heritage – Courtesy of Jacqueline Larson, Winter Stream – 1st Place Landscape – Courtesy of Jacqueline Larson, Kit Fox – 1st Place Wildlife – Courtesy of Steve Goldman.

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Living the West in Laramie, Wyoming

By ACTB Office Assistant, Chrisanna Lund

“Is this Fort Laramie? How many more miles ’til Yellowstone? Are we almost to Denver?” Such questions are asked often at the Laramie Area Visitor Center, located at 210 East Custer. Whether Laramie was their ultimate destination or they were just travelling through, over 2,300 people from all fifty states and even across the world stopped by the Visitor Center in 2011. After all, who wouldn’t want to experience the real west with a cosmopolitan flair?    Live the West in Laramie, WY

You may be wondering what is the purpose of the Laramie Area Visitor Center? The visitor center is supported by the Albany County Tourism Board (ACTB) and exists to bring visitors to Albany County. The Albany County Tourism Board is a volunteer city-county joint powers board and was created in 1989 to administer Albany County’s optional county-wide lodging tax. The lodging tax is a 4% sales tax paid on stays in hotels, motels, campgrounds, and bed and breakfasts lasting less than 30 days. This optional tax must be renewed by the voters of Albany County every four years and is up for renewal in 2014. The Albany County Lodging Tax generates visitation and recognition of Albany County nationally and internationally. ACTB also provides grants including from Laramie Jubilee Days and Wyoming High School Football Championships to the Laramie Fall Harvest Swim Meet.

At the visitor center, one will find many brochures and other publications about Laramie and Albany County, as well as publications from across Wyoming and the surrounding states. The proceeds from the lodging tax are used to create and distribute tourism materials including the Albany County Visitor’s Guide, eight award-winning Walking Tour brochures of the area, the Vedauwoo and Lincoln Monument, postcards, a Snowy Range Scenic Byway informational brochure, Laramie and Albany County maps, and our “Live the West” promotional DVD. Southeast Wyoming ORV and Snowmobile trail maps are also available, as are Medicine Bow-Routt trail maps.  The eight Walking Tour brochures mentioned above include Albany County Museums, Centennial Tour, Historical Architectural Treasures, Historic Downtown Laramie, The Campus of the University of Wyoming, The Old Lincoln Highway, Railroads of Albany County, and West Side Stories.

Locals are also welcome to stop by and peruse our materials or grab a “Live the West” boot-shaped koozie!

ACTB’s “Live the West” website is also a great way to learn about Laramie and Albany County. In 2011, was visited by 1,347,647 people. One of the main features of the website is our Community Events Calendar, which can be found at! You can also “Live the West” by visiting our Facebook page at, following!/visitlaramie on Twitter, or subscribing to our blog at!

Lastly, the ACTB has recently expanded their outreach by creating a Smartphone App through Go Explore Wyoming!  The app can be found at or search the iPhone App Store under “Go Explore Wyoming.”

So now that you’ve learned more about the Laramie Area Visitor Center and Albany County Tourism Board, stop by and see us or keep up with us on our website, app, or social media outlets! Or, you can contact the visitor center at (800) 445-5303 or e-mail at Just keep Living the West in Laramie, Wyoming!

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Bulls and Rhinestones

Greetings from (cold) Laramie!

Whether they’re fortunate enough to attend or they just plan to watch it on TV, last night kicked off what so many look forward to all year. The National Finals Rodeo, held every December,  is the Super Bowl of rodeo. The bright lights of Las Vegas no doubt seem a little brighter to the cowboys and cowgirls who have made their NFR dreams a reality. Just ask two of Laramie’s own, Tyler Willis and Brittany Richards, who both proudly wear the Albany County Tourism Board’s brand “Live the West,”

Twenty-one year-old bull rider Tyler Willis made his first NFR appearance last night and proved that he was there for a reason. He stayed on his bull for the full 8 seconds and scored an impressive 82.5 and collected $7,500!! Willis is sitting in 4th place! You can catch the 9 rounds to come on GAC every night at 10/9 Central! Go Tyler!

Laramie’s hometown cowgirl Brittany Richards is also competing in Vegas December 3-10. Brittany is Miss Rodeo Wyoming 2011 and is competing for Miss Rodeo America 2011-2012! For more information on the pageant, visit We know Brittany is going to represent Laramie and Wyoming well, and that Miss Rodeo America Crown is in her reach!

Laramie is proud of both Tyler and Brittany, and we wish them the best of luck! Don’t forget to turn your TV to GAC tonight through the 10th! Thanks for reading!

Live the West


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Dance, Railroads, Holiday Bazaars, Football-OH MY!

Guess what, it’s Friday! Even better, it’s almost Thanksgiving!! Hold your horses though, there’s a fun-filled weekend ahead in Laramie, Wyoming!

University of Wyoming Dance students will continue their performances of “Continuous Momentum: The Works of Bill T. Jones” as a conclusion to Bill T. Jones’, Artist-in-Residence,  time at UW! You can catch this event tonight and tomorrow, November 18 & 19, at 7:30 PM or Sunday at 2 PM on the UW Fine Arts Main Stage! Tickets are just $14 for the general public, $12 for seniors, and $10 for UW students. Call 307-766-6666 or go online at for your tickets!

If that doesn’t trip your trigger, why not tour the Historic Laramie Railroad Depot for free?! The Depot’s Open House will be tomorrow from 10 AM to 6 PM at 1st and Kearney Streets. Enjoy free refreshments while learning of Laramie’s railroad history, or check out the Lego Train layout and operating model trains! Don’t forget to purchase souvenirs for that railroad fanatic in your family-Christmas is coming up, you know! Check out their website:

In to crafts and free admission? The Ivinson Memorial Hospital Foundation will be having their Holiday Craft Bazaar Saturday from 8 AM-1PM in the Hospital’s West Atrium at 255 N. 30th Street! Call 307-742-2142 for more information. The Ivinson Home for Ladies will also be having their Annual Holiday Bazaar Saturday from 10 AM-2 PM at 2017 Grand Avenue! Enjoy lunch at the event from 11:30 AM-1 PM for $7 per person. Call 745-3575 for more information!

How could you not attend the Cowboy’s last home football game of the season tomorrow at Noon! Not only is Saturday’s Mountain West Conference game against New Mexico for bowl eligibility – it’s also Senior Day and Toys for Tots Day!! Buy two adult tickets at $30 each (regular price) and get one ticket free! Don’t wait, this promotion is not available the day of the game (TOMORROW)! Click on this link  or call 877-WYO-FAN1 and use the code NEWMEXICO for this promotion. Also, the Cowboy Joe Club Pre-Game Tailgate will be moved indoors to the Arena Auditorium Concourse (enter AA near Gate 8)!! Warmth! Doors will open at 9:30 AM and catering will be provided by Wendy’s – $5 for Brown Card Members and Free for Gold Card Members. Call 766-6242 with questions. Go Pokes!!

It is expected to be about 30 degrees tomorrow with a 50% chance of snow and 22 mph winds, so bundle up for the game! The overnight low is expected to be 20 degrees with a 40% chance of early snow showers and 10 mph winds (brrrrrr). Sunday will be warmer though, with an expected high of 35 degrees and a low of 26 degrees! Dress properly and this weekend will be almost tropical! 🙂

Stay warm and drive safe this weekend! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Live the West

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Another Great Weekend for Sports in Laramie

It’s Friday, it’s 11.11.11! But more importantly, it’s Veterans Day! To all the men and women who have served, are currently serving, and to those who will serve in the future–enough thanks can never be said. So please, thank a veteran not just today-but everyday-because freedom isn’t free. Happy Veterans Day to all!

It was a beautiful day in Laramie, Wyoming this Veterans Day. It was 50 degrees today! Tomorrow is expected to be about 40 degrees with a 40% chance of precipitation (yuck!), the overnight low is expected to be 26 degrees with a few snow showers and wind (yuck!). Sunday’s forecast is cooler yet with an expected high of 36 degrees, a low of 27, and 30% of precipitation.  That’s okay though, I know you can handle it!

The Albany County Tourism Board and the entire Laramie community welcomes the Wyoming State High School Football Championships to War Memorial Stadium, yet again. The Lovell Bulldogs have already claimed the 2011 2A State Championship, as they defeated the Lyman Eagles 21-13 this afternoon (kick-off was at Noon). The Douglas Bearcats are attempting to defend their 3A title for the fourth time as we speak against the Powell Panthers (kick-off was at 3 PM)!

Tomorrow we welcome the Dubois, Little Snake River, Southeast, Cokeville, Cheyenne East, and Sheridan high school football teams! The Dubois Rams will take on the Little Snake River Rattlers in the 1A-6 Man Championship Game at 10 AM. Next, the Southeast Cyclones will attempt to defeat the Cokeville Panthers, the defending 1A-11 Man Champions, in the 1A-11 Man Championship game at 1 PM. And lastly, the 4A Championship Game will wrap-up the weekend when the Sheridan Broncs take on the underdog Cheyenne East T-Birds at 4 PM. So bundle up, bring a blanket to sit on (actually, bring more than one), grab some hot chocolate on your way to your seat, and enjoy some great high school football! Go to for tickets or more information.

The University of Wyoming Sports teams are offering up excitement this weekend, too! The UW Cowboy and Cowgirl Swimming & Diving teams are competing against Air Force as we speak at Corbett Pool. Head to the UniWyo Sports Complex tonight at 5:30 PM to catch the annual Cowboy Wrestling Brown vs. Gold Duel! While you’re in the area you may as well stick around and cheer on the Cowgirl Basketball team tonight at 7 PM in the Arena Auditorium against Utah State! The Cowboy Basketball team will take on Western State tomorrow at 8 PM in exhibition play in the Arena Auditorium! Go to or call 877-WYO-FAN1 for tickets or more information.

Take a break from all the athletic events tomorrow and head out to the Albany County Fairgrounds (3520 US Hwy 287) between 9 AM & 3 PM for the 32nd Annual Christmas Bazaar!! You can’t go wrong with free admission, breakfast and lunch available at the event, and hourly drawings for gift certificates! Also, if you bring a new toy or non-perishable food item to donate to the Community Holidays Program and receive an additional chance to win a gift certificate!

So many activities, so little time! Have fun in Laramie this weekend and drive safe!

Live the West

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