Gallery: Wyoming celebrates start of new era during 2019 Inaugural Gala

Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson toasts Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon during the 2019 Inaugural Gala on Jan. 7, at the Cheyenne Little America. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

While Wyoming’s elite came out in full to celebrate the inauguration of Governor Mark Gordon on Monday night, it was one of Wyoming’s legends who brought a healthy dose of reality to the stage.

“What a person in Wyoming should never do is this…” said former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson before reading several words of advice for the new governor.

“Never slap a guy who’s chewing tobacco…never buy anything from a guy out of breath…the difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits…”

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Simpson’s legendary dry humor was one of the highlights of an evening that capped off a day filled with tradition and celebration of the transition of government leaders.

Governor Mark Gordon will address the legislature for the first time with a speech on Wednesday morning. The legislature’s general session officially kicks off today.

Former Wyoming U.S. Representative Barbara Cubin chats with friends before the 2019 Inaugural Gala for Mark Gordon on Monday night in Cheyenne. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Former Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal mixes before the start of the 2019 Inaugural Gala on Monday night in Cheyenne. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

A large crowd slowly makes its way into the grand ballroom during the 2019 Inaugural Gala on Monday, Jan. 7, at the Little America in Cheyenne. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Former gubernatorial candidate Taylor Haynes chats during the 2019 Inaugural Gala on Monday night in Cheyenne. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Wyoming author C.J. Box leads the ceremonies during the 2019 Inaugural Ball on Monday night in Cheyenne. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Governor Mark Gordon and wife Jennie address the crowd during the 2019 Inaugural Gala on Monday night in Cheyenne. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Jennie Gordon motions to the crowd during the 2019 Inaugural Gala on Monday night in Cheyenne. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Former Wyoming Senator Alan Simpson gives speech and a toast during the 2019 Inaugural Gala on Monday, Jan. 7, at the Cheyenne Little America. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon dances with wife Jennie Gordon during the 2019 Inaugural Gala on Monday night in Cheyenne. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)