Jackalope Days

Jackalope Days

Mid to late June
Three days of celebration in Douglas, Wyo., honor the jackalope, an elusive animal that is a cross between a jackrabbit and an antelope (according to the legends of Converse County). The jackalope might be mistaken for a large rabbit except for its antlers, and it might be identified as a small deer, except for its rabbit-like shape.
The jackalope was first seen in 1829 by Roy Ball, a trapper, who was denounced as a liar. Some people still doubt its existence, despite the evidence of numerous stuffed heads on barroom walls. The jackalope is rarely seen because it is a shy animal and comes out of hiding only for breeding with the commonly seen and hornless females, called does, which look like ordinary rabbits. But it breeds only during electrical storms, at the precise moment of the flash when most people are not out wandering around. A 10-foot replica of a jackalope in Centennial Jackalope Square in Douglas attests to the cultural importance of this critter.
Events of Jackalope Days include a downtown carnival, rodeos, a street dance, a parade, the crowning of a rodeo queen, and sports competitions.
CONTACTS:
Douglas Chamber of Commerce
121 Brownfield Rd.
Douglas, WY 82633
877-937-4996 or 307-358-2950; fax: 307-358-2972
www.jackalope.org