Jubilee Days was another success this year, with decent weather and plenty of fun. The week-long celebrations contained plenty of rodeo, music and dancing, a parade, carnival, Brewfest, and a 4th of July party and fireworks, and as Chairman Guy Warpness put it, “Jubilee Days are something different for everyone.” 

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…and only a few hail storms. 

Warpness said the rain didn’t dampen the fun. “It is always first and foremost to attempt to provide the best event we possibly can. Mother nature always seems to be a factor in our events. Sometimes she doesn't always play fair.” 

Some last-minute arena changes and other safety measures were implemented, but the show still went on. Due to weather conditions, we had to adapt and overcome muddy arena conditions. We pulled together with the Lilley family to still be able to have the Shirley Lilley Memorial Kids Horse Show in a safe manner.” 

Overall, we had yet another great event. Attendance to all events seemed to be up a little even over our record numbers from last year. Our downtown events have to be our largest attended event. ”

The rodeo was as popular as ever, too. “We increased to 40 bull riders in the Xtreme Bull riding which the fans seem to really enjoy.” 

Wyoming became a state in 1890, and Laramie has been celebrating since. According to the Laramie Jubilee Days Website, the party became official over 80 years ago. “Laramie Jubilee Days originally began as a horse race back in 1940 to celebrate Wyoming Statehood Day on July 10th. Known as Wyoming’s Hometown Celebration, Laramie Jubilee Days has been a yearly event ever since.”

Prizes and awards aplenty were doled out for the weeklong festivities, too. Trophies, ribbons, and thousands in prize money were given out for the hard work that accompanied the fun.  

Rodeo results are available on PRCA’s Pro Rodeo website here. 

This year’s Jubilee Days parade winners are:

  • Best Reunion - Class of 1983
  • Best Business - Laramie Dental Arts
  • Best Horse Team - Vee Bar Guest Ranch : Deadwood Stagecoach
  • Best Non-profit/Civic - Platte River Veterans Fly Fishing, Laramie Chapter
  • Best Costume- Windy City Pet
  • Best Theme - Premier Bone & Joint
  • Most Creative - Mountain West Farm Bureau
  • Community Spirit - Ark Regional Services
  • Best in Parade - Cheyenne Shrine Club
  • Best Marching Band - Cheyenne South High School

A Look Back at Jubilee Days 2023

Laramie Jubilee Days is the celebration of Wyoming Statehood. The week-long summer party commemorates July 10, 1890, when Wyoming was introduced as the 44th state in the Union.

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