The Laramie Jubilee Days celebration of Laramie, Wyoming had its beginning in 1940. It was initiated to commemorate the Golden Anniversary of Wyoming Statehood on July 10. The first ‘Equality Days’ included a fiddlers’ contest, chariot races and a giant parade. The next year the event turned into a three-day celebration and became known as Laramie Jubilee Days. Through the years, the number of days of the festivities has varied, as have the scheduled events, ranging from horse racing and horse shows to steer roping and rodeo. One thing that has remained the same for 77 years is the representation and goodwill the Royalty has provided to Laramie Jubilee Days. The Royalty represent LJD throughout the area and fulfill the duties of goodwill ambassadors in their own unique style.
As the LJD celebration has changed and evolved over the years, so has the method of selecting the royalty. In the beginning, the two representatives were chosen by ballots that sold for 25 cents each. Today, a panel of judges evaluates the contestants on excellence of performance in horsemanship, personality and appearance. The crown in the early years was a traveling crown. Today, each queen is given her own to keep.
Photo credit: Breah’s Photography
Miss Laramie Jubilee Days
Rachel Derner is a 22 year old Agriculture Communications major at the University of Wyoming. She has been around rodeo her entire life, and found her voice for advocating through involvement in 4-H and FFA. Her passion for rodeo, agriculture, and the western way of life have led her into her role as Miss Laramie Jubilee 2019. Rachel is proud to represent Laramie Jubilee Days, Wyoming’s Hometown Celebration, and looks forward to meeting you all throughout the year!
Hi! My name is Lainie McElwee and I was born and raised in Laramie. Growing up I loved going to Jubilee Days, getting pictures with the royalty I would one day become and of course I had a natural love for animals and riding horses. I have participated in high school rodeo, NRHA shows and also competed at the 2018 AQHYA youth worlds horse show, all with my gray mare Wiggy. I also did many horse events and showed many animals in 4-H. I was also a Jubilee Days princess in 2015. I currently own 3 horses, 1 mini donkey, some goats and many other animals. I graduated from Laramie High school in 2019 and will be attending flight school in the fall!
Laramie Jubilee Princess
Kenzie is currently 14 years old and is the daughter of Levi and Meghan. She enjoys spending time with her family, riding her horses, basketball, and soccer. Also fishing, hunting and leather working take up a lot of her time. She is in FFA and enjoys judging the most. She is currently finishing up her 8th grade year at the Laramie middle school and is excited to begin her high school years. She loves spending time with her grandparents Dennis and Suzanne Tschacher and thanks them along with her parents for their continuous support. She is looking forward to educating people about the sport of rodeo this Laramie Jubilee Days rodeo as your 2019 Laramie Jubilee Princess.
Laramie Jubilee Princess
Tanner Rogers, daughter of Rod and Nikki Rogers, just finished her sophomore year at Laramie High School. She is active in 4-H and FFA as she is an officer for both and is on the State Leadership Team for 4-H. Tanner shows horses, market beef, market and breeding goats and rabbit. She competes in horse judging where she has represented Wyoming at Nationals. She also went to Nationals in Agriculture Issues for FFA this year. She also competes in Agriculture Sales and Marketing Plan. She is excited to represent Laramie Jubilee Days for her second year as Princess!