Wyoming is a state in the mountain region of the Western United States. It is the 10th largest by area, the least populous, and the second most sparsely populated state in the country. But, boy, do they have some wonderful festivals!
Sundance Winter Festival: Join in the extreme fun of ski joring with horses on Main street, compete in downhill bar stool races in your craziest costume or test your skills in the Wild Horse and Tube races! Fun for the whole family with, sledding, delicious food vendors and fun drink specials throughout town. Sundance; Sat, Feb 15, 9 AM – 5 PM.
Celtic Fest Trad Gala: The Roundhouse Celtic Festival features one of Saturday’s headline concerts – The Trad Gala Concert with Irish supergroup “Dervish” and “Cassie & Maggie MacDonald” from Nova Scotia. Because it is the Trad Gala, there may also be special surprise guests. You can be sure that the concert will blow the roof off. Enjoy this sit-down concert; food and drink will be available for purchase. Dervish have been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for more than 25 years; described by the BBC as “an icon of Irish music”. They have a line-up which includes some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians, fronted by one of the country’s best-known singers, Cathy Jordan. They carry Irish history with them. Dervish are one of the biggest names in Irish music. They’re renowned for live performances, which match dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional songs. Nova Scotian sisters Cassie and Maggie have been lighting up the world with their unique blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic instrumentals and vocals. Appearing on stages across North America, the UK, and Europe the sisters have enchanted audiences with lively fiddle, piano and guitar arrangements, stunning sibling vocal harmonies in both English and Gaelic, complemented by their intricate and percussive step-dancing style. Evanston, Mar 21, 2020 at 6:00PM
Jackson Hole Rendezvous Fest: This is a three-day, spring lifestyle and Music Festivals taking place in March providing the most iconic backdrops imaginable for our legendary music acts, historic downtown Jackson Town Square and the base of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Traders Row features refreshments and hand-crafted goods along with interactive competitions featuring Bow & Arrow, Hawk & Knife Competition.
Jackson, Mar 27 – 29
Cheyenne Frontier Days: Since 1897, Cheyenne has held its Frontier Days celebration which started as a cowboy round-up. It is now a world renowned outdoor rodeo and western celebration drawing over 200K! It’s the ultimate western celebration for fun-loving people of all ages. During the last full week of July, join us for an exciting 10 days of rodeo, concerts, western history and our famous blue jean western hospitality. Great shopping, food, carnival and Country/Western famous named entertainment, chuckwagon cookout, cowboy church, and including a grand parade. Cheyenne; July 17-26.
Southwest District Festival: High School Band, Choir, and Orchestra Solos and Ensembles, and Large Groups in a Festival environment, Hosted by Mt. View High School. Mountain View, Tue, Apr 21 – 24, all day.
Wild West Arts Fest: This is an annual arts, crafts, and food fair that takes place during the ever so popular stampede week in beautiful Cody, Wyoming. Cody is located 50 miles from the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park. July 1-4.
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Wyoming State Capital: CHEYENNE
Cheyenne was named in tribute to the local indigenous people, the Cheyenne; according to Colonel A.B. Coleman, who claimed to have helped choose the name. Unbeknownst to Coleman and the other town officials, the word Cheyenne was not what the tribe called themselves, and was likely the French spelling of a Sioux word meaning “people who speak a foreign language.” The western boom town was named during festivities in July of 1867.
Wyoming State Capitol: The capitol is closed until 2019, which is according to their website. However, in the state museum there is an exhibit on the renovation and a film with information about the history of the capitol and the current work being done.
Wyoming State Museum: This museum. It’s laid out well and the exhibits are labeled well. It covers all the historical aspects of the state from the early beginning and includes industries, military persons and early peoples. It’s all good. They have a newly restored coach that would take visitors around Yellowstone in the early days. They have some terrific fossil exhibits. Upstairs right now, is an exhibit on the national park sites in the state and partial contents of items sent from France after WWII as a thank you from the French people. It’s called the Merci Train. It’s very special. Every state received a boxcar full of gifts. Now there is a presentation of the refurbishment of the state Capitol. There also is a great film about the original building and the current restoring. There are numerous displays of firearms, fossil bones, clothing, and wagons. There is something for everyone here. They also have a gift shop attached.
Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum: This museum is based on the history of the Frontier Days celebration in Cheyenne., This is a huge rodeo they hold once a year. There are photos, costumes, video and stories of the many past winners of the rodeo, and the stands where the rodeo is held is very large. They are adjacent to the museum. The museum also includes all forms of land transportation from back in the day – from phaeton, to surrey to stagecoach and even an ambulance all in pristine condition. Many interesting exhibits covering native American culture and women in the rodeo scene. There is a video presentation on this, with old footage and tributes to modern day rodeo stars. Charming, informative staff.
Historic Governors’ Mansion: Most states charge for touring their historic Governor’s Mansion, but Wyoming is free. The docent was very friendly and provided a very informative introduction to the history of the governor’s mansion and the governors who lived in it. The various rooms are restored to various time periods. The house still includes a Cold War bomb shelter. Built in 1904B this turn of the century mansion must have been the very finest at the time. You are greeted by a very friendly volunteer staff that will give you a short history lesson on the place and its governors. Then given a map and a brochure and let loose to freely roam the three-story home. You can pretty much go anywhere and take as much or little time as you wish. This is another must see if you are in Cheyenne!
Cowgirls of the West Museum: Great hosts who give you a history of the museum, fantastic displays, a movie room in the back that plays videos on founding women. Don’t miss the movie. Lots of interesting displays. You will learn a lot about the women of the west.
So, if the definition of a cowboy is guts and a horse, then the definition of a cowgirl should be guts, a horse and a skirt. There’s an ace-high spot in the wild and woolly Western town of Cheyenne, Wyo., that pays tribute just to such a gal that’s as fine as cream gravy – the Cowgirls of the West Museum. In it, you’ll find a heapin’ helping of artifacts that pay tribute to the women of the American West.
At a time when a woman simply sitting on a horse could be seen as scandalous, these gals were rootin’, tootin’, ropin’ and shootin’. There’s Bonnie Gray and her horse King Tut, jumping over convertible motor cars (with passengers!) in 1925. There’s Elouise Fox Hastings, who ran away from home when she was 14 and joined the Irwin Bros. Wild West Show as a trick rider. There’s Prairie Rose Henderson, who, in 1911, was awarded the title of world’s champion bronc rider and was known as the queen of rodeo fashion. And there’s Tad Lucas, the First Lady of Rodeo and the undisputed world trick rider from 1925-33. Not a namby-pamby in the bunch.
But wait, pardners, there’s more. They’ve got buckles, saddles, costumes, hats and spurs that go jingle-jangle-jingle. And you can get in to see the whole shooting match for free, donations accepted kindly. So, the next time you find yourself in Cheyenne, God willing and if the creek don’t rise, mosey on over the Cowgirl Museum. Not to do so would be plumb loco. And it’s free.
The Cowgirls of the West Museum & Emporium is at 203 and 205 W. 17th St. in Cheyenne, Wyo.
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