Casper’s history is steeped in Western Culture. Although we have grown and evolved from our humble beginnings in 1889 as an essential shipping point for cattle and wool, we still hold who we once were close to our hearts. That’s especially true throughout the summer. Summer months in Casper offer a wide range of events and activities for locals and travelers alike, and if you’re looking for an authentic western experience we have you covered. Casper will always be a part of the Great American West, and there is nothing we love more than tipping our hats to the past as we look towards the future. So let’s tie a lasso around our great city and round up some must-see attractions and events happening this summer that show off Casper’s Western Culture.
Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters
Of course, if you’re new to town and are looking for a hat, yourself, there’s no better place to look than Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters.
The story of this family-owned and operated store began in 1919 when C.W. Taubert opened a hardware store in Laramie, Wyoming. C.W. was tempted by the allure of the American West, eventually making his way across the Atlantic and out to the rugged Wyoming plains to fulfill his dream of becoming a cowboy.
Not only did C.W. fulfill his dream of becoming a cowboy, he made that same dream a reality for anyone who wanted to experience some real cowboy culture. The elder Taubert and his son, Lou went into business together in 1947 and Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters was born. That hardware shop in Fort Laramie became a 55,000 sq. feet, 9-floor store in Casper that offers the largest, and best, selection of western shirts, pants, boots and hats for the entire family.
College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR)
Every summer, for more than 20 years, the College National Finals Rodeo has called Casper home and this year, like every year, the Ford Wyoming Center will play host to a week-long celebration of all things rodeo.
From saddle bronc, bareback, and bull riding, to tie-down, roping, steer wrestling and team roping, the finest collegiate rodeo athletes in the country will compete to brand their names in history books June 13th-June 19th, 2021. There are a multitude of events, activities, and competitions that go along with CNFR, get tickets here.
Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo (CWFR)
The Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo is one of the premiere events each summer in Casper. It’s a celebration of both our western heritage and our pride as a community. This full week of classic, Casper fun includes carnival rides, monster trucks, the historic parade through downtown Casper, and so many more unforgettable adventures for ALL.
The bright lights and contagious energy of the carnival at the Central Wyoming Fairgrounds are matched only by the hootin’ and hollerin’ taking place just a few feet away in the grandstands with five nights of PRCA rodeo action. Athletes compete in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping, mutton bustin’, bull riding, steer wrestling, bull riding, bull fighting, and barrel racing. This year’s CWFR will take place July 9th- July 17th and it’s this week of the summer that reminds us just how great our little part of the Great American West really is.
So if you’re heading to Casper this summer, and want to feel immersed in Casper’s iconic western scene, these are the events and attractions to plan your itinerary around. To learn more about Casper and the fun things to do on your visit, be sure to check out our official Visitor’s Guide and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into our western culture.
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