Visit Cheyenne, Wyoming, for a “spell” while the city hosts the 16th annual AARP National Spelling Bee on June 17— 18, 2011, at The Little America Hotel and Resort.Â Open to anyone age 50 or older, the Bee attracts spellers from all over the United States who compete for gifts and prizes.Â New this year, the top speller winnings have increased to $5,000.
In celebration of the competition, Cheyenne is offering city-wide events and attractions all weekend long. In addition, a free pre-Bee workshop, Gray Matters: Training the Grownup Brain, will feature interactive sessions that explain the impact of diet, fitness and relationships on brain health, and answer your questions. The workshop begins Friday at 8:30 a.m., includes lunch, and concludes at 1 p.m.
“Whether you enjoy reading the dictionary to keep your mind sharp or just to meet other like-minded adults, the AARP National Spelling Bee always proves to be exciting and highly competitive,” said Tim Summers, AARP Wyoming Director.Â “Many of the spellers prepare year-round for this competition, and we’re pleased to be able to provide the forum for folks to test themselves.Â And while they are here, they can also enjoy Cheyenne’s many attractions and events that coincide with the Bee.”
In addition to these events, visitors will enjoy exploring historic museums and nearby attractions; shopping at western-themed stores; or finding a special treasure among the many art galleries.
The Laramie County Library, named Best Library of the Year in 2009 by Library Journal magazine, is a popular attraction for spellers. Details of all Cheyenne events and attractions, and additional lodging options, are available online at www.cheyenne.org.