(Gillette, Wyo.) Gillette's 125th birthday party is in August. Gillette Main Street is organizing many of the events downtown the week of August 21st, and are in need of parade entries, pies, and volunteers! The Heritage Parade kicks off Saturday, August 20th, with Mayor Carter-King as the Grand Marshall. It'll start in front of Twin Spruce Junior High and travel down Gillette Avenue to 1st Street starting at 2 p.m. The city is looking for anyone with vintage tractors, wagons, buggies, and of course horse riders to celebrate the anniversary of Campbell County. (Think more pioneer wagons, and less monster trucks and motorcycles.) "Since we're celebrating the 125th anniversary, we're looking for horse teams, carriages, antique cars and trucks," said GMS's Jessica Seders. "If someone wanted to do a 125th themed float, that would be great, because we're trying to stick with the pioneer theme." If you are interested in creating a float that showcases some of Gillette's history, or have a wagon that fits the description, you can download a form here
and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 125th Anniversary banners will start going on display downtown this
week, as well. They bear the logo of the quasquicentennial, as well as the
names of local families and sponsors. All 53 of them will hang until the
end of the year along Gillette Avenue.
If you missed out on your chance to purchase one, you can still by a small
yard-sized one for your home that has your family name on it. They're only
$40 and you can find the order form online here
Finishing off events will be Edward Gillette Day on the 26th, with a
community dinner at the Third Street Plaza. A brisket dinner including
locally grown and prepared food is available to those that buy a ticket,
but space is limited and there are only 125 seats.
There will, however, be a pie-making contest during the dinner, and anyone
who wants to enter one of their pies for the taste-test can do so by
emailing email@example.com with the subject line "Pie."
Then on Saturday, the 27th, there will be plenty of other activities at the
Third Street Plaza. At noon, a wild west shootout will take place on Main
Street, courtesy the Cheyenne Gunslingers. Capping everything off is a
street dance and concert featuring three local bands that will be going on
from 7 p.m until 10 p.m.