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LARAMIE — Local tourism officials are hoping to draw visitors in June, traditionally a slow month in Laramie, with the new Western Outlaw Festival June 10-18.

Concerts, plays, tours and other events will recall the Wild West of the 1800s, complete with re-enactments of gun fights, American Indian dancers — even a tour of the outhouses of the Snowy Range.

Dixie Winters, president of the Albany County Tourism Board, said people in Wyoming sometimes forget how fascinating their history can be to outsiders.

"We decided we're sitting on a gold mine as far as cultural history," she said.

During the academic year, hotels and restaurants in Laramie typically stay busy serving the University of Wyoming community. July brings visitors for Jubilee Days in Laramie and nearby Cheyenne Frontier Days.

"We talked about having a festival in June, to get away from everything in July with Frontier Days and Jubilee Days," Winters said.

If the Western Outlaw Festival is a success, local officials plan to organize other events for June, including a Celtic festival.

"We want to see how this works out first," Winters said. "This is a nerve-racking, first-birth kind of experience."

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