CHEYENNE GETS THE LAST WORD WHEN THE CITY HOSTS
AARP THE MAGAZINE'S NATIONAL SPELLING BEE ON JUNE 14

Special Hotel Rate, City-wide Events and Attractions Available to All Cheyenne Visitors
During Annual Celebration of Seasoned Spelling Experts


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (May 1, 2008) - Cheyenne gets the last word when it hosts the AARP The Magazine's National Spelling Bee on June 14, 2008 at Little America Hotel and Resort from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Up to 250 competitors, age 50-plus, will compete against spellers from across the country and Canada as a means to keep their minds sharp. Visitors may attend the spelling contest, and entry for spectators is free.  In celebration of the competition, Cheyenne is offering city-wide events and attractions to all weekend visitors along with a special hotel rate.
 
"The spelling bee competition is always an exciting event with an impressive display of knowledge and skill.  The competition is fierce, but fun too," said Cheyenne-based AARP Wyoming Director Rita Inoway.  "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."

What's Happening in Cheyenne
*Friday, June 13
 - Fully narrated historic trolley tour of the city arranged by AARP especially for spelling bee visitors (1:00 to 3:00 p.m.); additional 90-minute narrated tours with stops at top attractions operate daily ($10.00 pp, $5.00 for children ages 2-12);
 - Afternoon tea served in period costume in true English tradition at the elegant historic Nagle Warren Mansion (2:00-4:00 p.m., $9.95 pp, reservations suggested); www.naglewarrenmansion.com. 222 E. 17th St., Cheyenne, 82001.
 - Thirty-minute horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown with a narration on Cheyenne's history (Friday-Sunday afternoons, free);
 - Concert at the Depot Plaza (5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., free);
 - Cheyenne Gunslingers step back in time as they reenact a gun fight of the old West at Gunslinger Square downtown near the Depot Plaza. (6:00 p.m., free);
 - The "Wyoming Brewer's Festival," tasters party at Cheyenne Depot Plaza, offering selections of Wyoming-brewed beers, live music and a smorgasbord of food from Cheyenne's finest restaurants; proceeds benefit the historic depot restoration (5:00 p.m. to midnight, $40 per person, $70 per couple, includes food and beer). http://www.wyomingbrewersfestival.com/

* Saturday, June 14
 - Spelling Bee competition (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., free to spectators);
 - Cheyenne Gunslingers reenact a gun fight downtown (noon, free);
 - Afternoon tea at Nagle Warren Mansion (2:00 to 4:00 p.m., $9.95 pp);
 - Horse-drawn carriage rides, downtown (afternoon, free);
 - "Wyoming Brewer's Festival" continues with live music (5:00 p.m. to midnight, $10.00 cover per person; entry includes 3 tokens for brews; additional tokens are 4 for $5.00 or $1.50 each; food available for purchase).

In addition to these events, visitors will enjoy exploring historic museums and hotels, and nearby attractions; shopping at western-themed stores; or finding a special treasure among the many art galleries.  Adventure seekers need only travel 25 miles west for hiking or mountain biking.  Parents can extend their weekend getaway into a week-long family vacation by enrolling their children ages 5-12 into Kids Cowboy Camp, Monday, June 16 through Friday, June 20.  The camp is held at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, where they will relive the glory of the Old West. www.oldwestmuseum.org.  Weekend visitors will receive a special rate at Little America Hotel and Resort, which includes a free round of golf, by calling the hotel directly at 800-445-6945 (rate NOT available online).  Details of all Cheyenne events and attractions, and additional lodging options, are available online at www.cheyenne.org.

About the Spelling Bee
Formerly called the AARP National Senior Spelling Bee, the competition was founded in 1996 by a group of Cheyenne AARP members who wanted to challenge the 50-plus community to keep their minds sharp as they aged.  Since then, it has grown into a highly competitive and challenging event attracting adult spellers from all across the country and Canada.  It is open to anyone age 50 or older, except for previous winners, and is supported by NRTA: AARP's Educator Community and the Staying Sharp program.

"The popularity of this event has continued to grow with our members and we are thrilled to be able to welcome more spellers than ever before to this year's competition," said Steve Slon, editor of AAPR The Magazine.

In the AARP The Magazine-sponsored bee, the spellers are allowed to miss three words before being knocked out of the competition.  The day begins with a written competition in the morning, narrowing the field to the top 15 who go on to compete in the oral spelling rounds.  Contestants of the competition pay their own way to participate and are competing for more than $1,000 in prizes.  Additionally, the winner will be flown to New York City to appear on national television.
Sponsors in addition to the Cheyenne Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and AARP The Magazine include: Cheyenne State Bank; Taco John's International; Women's Civic League of Cheyenne; Wyoming Network, Inc.; Wyoming State Bank; and Wyoming Tribune-Eagle newspaper.

How to Enter
Go to www.aarp.org/spellingbee to access the entry form.  There is a $25.00 entry fee for participants and spellers must be at least 50 years old by June 14, 2008.  Study tips are also available online.  The event is open to the public, and anyone interested in watching and cheering on the spellers is welcome to attend.  Results and video coverage of the 2007 competition is also available on this Web site.

About Cheyenne, Wyoming
Wyoming's Capitol city is located just 90 miles north of Denver at the intersection of I-25 and I-80 on the high plains.  With a comfortable population of approximately 55,000, Cheyenne sits as the northern anchor of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.  The city's slogan, "Cheyenne, Live the Legend," is an invitation to explore and step back into the Old West.  The city is considered the nation's rodeo and railroad capital, with a strong business and economic base.  Cheyenne is home to museums; historic hotels and mansions; casual to upscale restaurants; a collection of steam engines; western-themed attractions and shopping; resorts and ranches; golf courses; botanic gardens; and a thriving art community.  Soft adventure is only 25 miles west.  For more on this magical place that captures the imagination of the American West, visit Cheyenne online at www.cheyenne.org.  Photography is available on Cheyenne's Web site or by calling 214-252-0900.

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