Wyoming is having a birthday! On July 10, 1890 Wyoming became the 44th State in the Union. This year on Thursday, July 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site will celebrate this momentous occasion.
This year’s free event “44 That’s Our Star” will include a free hot dog lunch with watermelon and birthday cake. The Laramie Jubilee Days Committee has partnered with the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site to bring Wyoming citizens an afternoon of family fun with various kids’ activities, “Forest of Hope Express” trackless train rides, Totally Twisted Balloons, entertainment and more.
Opening ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. with the posting of the colors by the Wyoming Army National Guard and UW Army ROTC.
Opening speaker, Bill Sniffin, journalist and author, will talk about the insights he gained while writing his four books about Wyoming - the latest “Wyoming’s 7 Greatest Natural Wonders.”
Sniffin’s weekly newspaper column appears in 12 newspapers across the state. He has been honored with Wyoming State’s tourism industry’s two highest awards and as a newspaperman has been the recipient of more than 250 state and national awards.
In addition to the afternoon’s festivities, a special historical performance at 1 p.m. will take visitors on an aviation journey. Meet Amelia Earhart in 1937 as she returns to her beloved Wyoming before her flight around the world. Hear her tell of aviation adventures and challenges as well as her Wyoming connections. Earhart is portrayed by Dr. Ann Birney, who has performed for the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, as well as NASA Space Consortium and across the United States.
“Wyoming Statehood is about celebrating our heritage and that special bond we have to this land. Join us for food, fun and entertainment - there will be something for everyone,” says Deborah Amend, site superintendent.
Admission to the event is free and starting at 11:30 a.m., the free hot dog lunch will be served to the first 600 people sponsored by First Interstate Bank; Van’s Wholesale and the Wyoming Territorial Park Historic Association. For more information call 307-745-3733.
Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site is located at 975 Snowy Range Rd, in Laramie. It is open daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., May 1 through Oct 31. http://www.wyomingterritorialprison.com