Miss Laramie Jubilee 2020 Lainie McElwee is set to kick off her tenure and start a busy year with a coronation ceremony Tuesday night.
The 2020 Miss Laramie Jubilee Coronation is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-12:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Albany County Fairgrounds Activities Building. The evening includes a social hour, dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions, plus the crowning of the new queen.
Outgoing queen Rachel Derner, who is now Miss Rodeo Wyoming, will crown McElwee, who will in turn crown her court. Lexi Wheeler will be the new Lady-in-Waiting, with princesses Megan Terrell and Rachel Taro.
McElwee was born and raised in Laramie and served as a Jubilee Days princess in 2015. She graduated from Laramie High School last spring and plans to attend flight school.
Admission to the event is a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $5 for children from 5-12 years old.
Proceeds will support the Laramie Jubilee Days general fund while also funding the expenses of the incoming court, such as travel, clothing and equipment, said royalty chair Zoe Curtright.
After the coronation, the court will participate in several local fundraisers.
“We go to auctions and dinners and help pay back the community for what they do for us,” Curtright said. “They do an awful lot for us here.”
As the summer rodeo season gets underway, the court will travel to rodeos around the region promoting Laramie Jubilee Days.
“Starting the first of June, they’ll start traveling, and they’ll travel about every weekend clear through August,” she said.
Curtright said the coronation was a family-friendly way to celebrate the holiday.
“It’s a great way to spend New Year’s Eve,” she said.