This June, Cheyenne, Wyo. will play host to AARP The Magazine’s National Spelling Bee and to celebrate, the city is offering events and attractions, including special hotel rates and the Wyoming Brewer’s Festival that same weekend.
At the spelling bee, up to 250 competitors ages 50 and over will compete against spellers from the U.S. and Canada. The competition welcomes spectators and visitors; admission is free.
“The spelling bee competition is always an exciting event with an impressive display of knowledge and skill. The competition is fierce, but fun too,” Cheyenne-based AARP Wyoming director Rita Inoway said.
Inoway welcomes spelling bee spectators to Cheyenne and hopes they’ll take part in the city’s many events.
“It’s great to see so many people challenging their mental fitness, and we look forward to welcoming more spellers than ever before on June 14 to Cheyenne. And while they are here, they can also enjoy Cheyenne’s many attractions and events that coincide with the Bee,” she said.
On Friday, June 13, AARP will host a narrated historic trolley tour of Cheyenne exclusive to spelling bee visitors from 1 to 3 p.m. and a free concert will be held at the Depot Plaza from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Beer aficionados will appreciate the Wyoming Brewer’s Festival’s tasters party, also at the Depot, from 5 p.m. to midnight, where they can sample locally brewed beers, enjoy live music and feast on food. Cost is $40 per person and $70 per couple, including food and beverage. The festival continues on Saturday as well.
On Saturday, June 14, the spelling bee competition takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Little America Hotel and Resort. Those staying in Cheyenne for the weekend will want to take advantage of the special rates offered at Little America Hotel and Resort.
Cheyenne Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Wyoming Brewer's Festival