The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper is kicking off the season with a fundraising cook-off and and a return to summer hours. From now through Labor Day weekend, the Trails Center will be open Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Mondays. They'll also be open Independence Day, and admission to the center is free every day.

The 5th Annual Ghost Town Gumbo Cook Off is scheduled for Saturday, June 2nd. This fundraising event to support the National Historic Trails Center Foundation will be held 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 1700 Fairgrounds Road In Casper. Organizers say the family-friendly event will include live music, a car show, vendors and lots of gumbo to taste. Wrist bands to enter are $10 per person with a discount to $5 for veterans. Children 6 and under are free.

Here's more about the National Historic Trails Center from their website.

"Not only does it have historical information relevant to Wyoming but has a fantastic view of Casper. During your visit, you will be able to explore exhibits related to names that are truly legendary in Western history, and on the Oregon, California, Mormon and Pony Express Trails. Through these hands-on exhibits, we capture the real-life drama that over 400,000 pioneers experienced as they followed these trails between 1841 and 1868."


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