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Downtown Mash Up Offers Music, Food, Fun for UW Students, Community

September 7, 2018
image of several UW cheer squad members

University of Wyoming students and other members of the UW and Laramie communities have an opportunity to enjoy live music and food, compete for a scavenger hunt prize, receive exclusive swag and participate in other activities Friday, Sept. 14, in downtown Laramie.

The Downtown Mash Up, hosted by the Laramie Main Street Alliance, UW and other sponsors, will take place from 7-11 p.m. at the corner of Second and Custer streets. It’s a celebration of the university’s new marketing campaign, “The World Needs More Cowboys,” and an effort to connect UW students with the city’s vibrant downtown district, along with the rest of the community.

The event also will serve as a tuneup for the Sept. 15 UW football game vs. Wofford College, as members of the UW cheer squad and pep band will be in attendance.

UW Transit and Parking Services buses will transport UW students to and from downtown Friday, with buses running between 6-8 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight. The bus stop on campus will be the regular stop east of Orr Hall.

The Downtown Mash Up will follow the regular Laramie Downtown Farmers Market, which runs from 3-7 p.m. at the nearby parking lot north of Depot Park. A number of food and beverage vendors will set up shop at the Second and Custer location for the Downtown Mash Up.

Music will be provided by three bands: The Woodpile and Franklin Good Boy, of Laramie; and Fat Stallion, of Fort Collins, Colo., whose founders were UW music majors. The music is presented by UniWyo Federal Credit Union.

In addition to the concert and street dance, a number of other activities are planned:

-- Students and others are invited to participate in an interactive art project, a mural that shows landmarks of UW, Laramie and the Laramie Valley.

-- UW and UniWyo Federal Credit Union will give away 1,000 specially branded, stainless steel water bottles.

-- Pistol and Pete, the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ team of draft horses, will provide wagon rides from 7-9 p.m.

-- A selfie station photo booth will be on-site.

Additionally, in the week leading up to the Downtown Mash Up as well as during the event, a scavenger hunt will take participants around the community and to a number of downtown businesses. The winning team -- which will receive a $500 cash prize, a $100 gift card to the University Store and more -- will be announced near the end of the event at 10:30 p.m. More information on the scavenger hunt may be found on UW’s institutional Facebook page at

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