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CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS

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Wyoming was admitted to the union 100 years ago July 10. Cities and towns throughout the state are celebrating the centennial with special events. The summer is packed with festivities that include a Conestoga wagon ride, cattle drives, contests, festivals and exhibitions.

"We'll have activities in every part of the state from Sheridan to Baggs, from Afton to Lusk," said Richard M. Hartman, chairman of Wyoming Centennial Commission.Here's a list of a few of Wyoming's centennial events. We can't be all-inclusive because there are over 1,000. We've concentrated on festivities in nearby communities that are easy for Utahns to get to.

- The Statehood Celebration, Cheyenne, July 7-10, on the capital complex. Traditional Western and contemporary entertainment (performers are from Wyoming); folk art demonstrations; arts and crafts shows; displays of products made in Wyoming; Wyoming Heritage Quilters Contest; fireworks and laser show; re-enactment ceremonies at the Capitol Building and more. 1-800-225-5996.

- Centennial Extravaganza, University of Wyoming Stadium, Laramie, evening of July 7. Entertainment, fireworks.

- Grand Opening of the Territorial Prison, Laramie, July 7, 8. The prison is being restored and will eventually be the hub of a living history museum. One wing will be open to the public, no admission, from 9 to 5 during the celebration. Arts and crafts, food, entertainment, children's games, free ice cream social and watermelon feast; a re-creation of a typical day in Laramie in 1890. Take Snowy Range Road Exit off I-80. (307) 745-6161.

- Fort Bridger living history demonstrations, July 4-10, (307) 782-3842.

- July 4, Jackson. Pancake street breakfast at Town Square, 7-11 a.m.; parade, 10:30; old-fashioned celebration at Owens-Bircher Park in Wilson all day; fireworks show at dusk at Snow King Mountain. (307) 733-3316.

- July 4 celebration, Afton. Events take place July 6 and 7. Rodeo at county fairgrounds, July 6, 8 p.m.; July 7 events: 5K run ending at Elkhorn Arch, 10:30 a.m.; parade, 11 a.m.; fast-pitch softball game, 12:30 at Canyon View Park; frontier games begin at 2:30; amateur talent show, 5 p.m.; rodeo, 8 p.m.; fireworks. (307) 883-2424.

- Pioneer Trail Tours, Big Piney, July 5. Caravan of cars will follow the pioneer trail cut-off that went from the Oregon Trail to Fort Hall, Id. Followed by dutch oven dinner. Call Carrs Hardware for information.

- Green River Rendezvous Pageant, Pinedale, July 7-8, (307) 367-4101. July 7 street carnival, arts and crafts booths, demonstrations, evenings dances, all in Pinedale. July 8 pageant re-enacts original rendezvous that took place near Pinedale. Noon.

- Teton County Mountain Man Rendezvous, 10 miles south of Jackson, July 9-22, (307) 733-5373.

- Desert Balloon Extravaganza, Rock Springs, July 14-15. Early morning inflation/launch; arts and crafts show, family games, food, entertainment; evening balloon glow. (307) 362-1856.

- Hoedown on Smiths Fork, Mountain View, July 21. Bluegrass, polka and country western bands perform at the town park from 1 p.m. to dusk. Jam sessions; food. $10 admission fee per family. (307) 782-6194.

- Wyoming National Sand Drags, county fairgrounds north of Rock Springs. Drag races in sand. Starts at 7:30 p.m. $5 adults; $2 kids. (307) 362-2354.

- Centennial Mountain Days Celebration, Alpine, June 30-July 4. Daily activities include arts and crafts fair; pioneer village that recreates 1800s settlement; black powder shoot, tomahawk and knife throws 11-3 p.m. west of town; family games and contests; historical pageant; Indian dancing and pipe ceremony; shoot-out; square dancing; kids' fishing derby. Fireworks Tuesday night. On July 4: parade, 11 a.m.; barbeque; rededication of the Astorian Monument. (307) 654-7591.

- Centennial Celebration, Fort Bridger (the town), July 4. Parade, 10 a.m.; barbeque at American Legion Hall; art show, evening dance. (307) 782-3842.

- July 24th celebration commemorating the Mormon Pioneers, Thayne, July 21. Parade, 10 a.m.; dutch oven dinner at city park; junior and senior league softball playoffs; canoe races in the Salt River; street dance at the Fire Hall on Main Street. (307) 886-45249.

- Centennial Moonlight Tours of Old Fort Bridger, start at 10 p.m., July 6 and 7. Reservations required. (307) 782-3842.

- Grand Centennial Dedications at Fort Bridger, 9:30-4:30, July 8. The historic fort, much of which has been restored, will be in full operation with period-costume employees. Ground-breaking for the archaeological dig of the Mormon Wall and Jim Bridger's Trading Post. Free. (307) 782-3842.

- Indian Powwows: Ethete Celebration Powwow in Ethete July 19-22. Northern Arapaho Powwow at Arapaho Aug. 3-5; Labor Day Powwow at Ethete Sept. 1-3. Dancing competitions, food booths, Indian arts and crafts for sale. (307) 856-6688.