Located just a stone’s throw from the major national thoroughfare of Interstate 80, the Laramie Jubilee Days rodeo has historically been a popular stop for competing cowboys and cowgirls.
This year’s 79th annual Laramie Jubilee Days at the Albany County Fairgrounds rodeo arena is once again an optimal scheduling chance for members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association to earn payouts in their respective events.
Last year, the Jubilee Days PRCA rodeo had a total payout of about $68,500.
The period between late June and late August of the yearly rodeo slate is often referred to as the “Cowboy Christmas.” It’s a time when rodeos — large and small — give contestants plenty of option to enter as many rodoes as they can.
The Jubilee Days PRCA rodeo is July 12-14 and coincides with rodeos in Sheridan, Casper, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Vernal, Utah, to name a few. Laramie’s Sunday performance tends to have large lineup of top contestants as they swing through the Gem City after other rodeos were completed.
Another bonus is the “Daddy of ‘Em All” Cheyenne Frontier Days starting six days later this year, keeping most of the top-ranked contestants closer in the region.
“This is a good stop off for circuit money or traveling money or whatever the reason in timed events,” Jubilee Days Rodeo Chairman Myron Hales said. “Our timed events are usually a who’s who of NFR cowboys and up-and-coming stars. We’ll have some big names come through here.”
In addition to three main performances in three days during the weekend, many contestants also take advantage of slack rounds to throw their name in the mix for steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping and barrel racing.
Jubilee Days is also a major rodeo on the schedule for the PRCA Mountain States Circuit that includes Wyoming and Colorado and is based in Laramie.