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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Craig Thomas, Mike Enzi and U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin, all R-Wyo., invite nominations for performing groups from Wyoming to represent the state in an annual concert series as well as the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. this summer.

The National Festival of the States features performing groups from all 50 states at various times from February to November each year.

All amateur and professional groups are eligible for recommendation for nomination. Past performances include small jazz groups of 15 to 20 people as well as the Salt Lake Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The delegation also invites recommendations for nomination for bands or other units from Wyoming to participate in the National Independence Day Parade on the Fourth of July.

Nominations for both the Festival of the States and the Independence Day Parade should be received before May 17 if possible.

To recommend a performing group for nomination, please contact Thomas' Casper office at 307-261-6413, Enzi's Gillette at 307-682-6268 or Cubin's Casper office 307-261-6595.