For Cheyenne’s ‘Hat Guy’ Nothing Special Is The Best New Year’s Eve Tradition

Senon Estavillo, aka the Hat Guy at a Cheyenne Walmart, just spent time with his children playing Minecraft for New Years Eve. Its has become their New Years tradition.

Renée Jean

January 02, 20233 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

While some people go all out to celebrate on New Year’s Eve, dressing to the nines to dance or sing the night away and welcome a New Year, others plan nothing special at all.

In the process, they create their own, and best, traditions.

‘Hang Out With My Kids’

The “Hat Guy” at the Livingston Walmart in Cheyenne, Senon Estavillo, was among Wyoming residents who told Cowboy State Daily he had nothing special at all planned for New Year’s Eve.

“I am just gonna go and hang out with my kids and have a good time,” he said. “I might enjoy an alcoholic beverage while they enjoy some of their pretend wine.”

Estavillo said he will also play Minecraft with his children until midnight, which has become their New Year’s tradition.

“We have a world that we’ve created together, and we like to play in it,” he said. 

Hats Set The Tone

Estavillo was wearing a New Year’s hat while working at Walmart on Friday evening. The hat will no doubt become part of his collection of more than 40 hats.

Estavillo is newly on the job at Walmart and has been working there about three months. One of the first questions he was asked by his new manager was related to his many hats.

“The store manager looked at me one day and said, ‘Do you just wear a different hat every day?’” Estavillo said, chuckling. “He’d never seen me in the same hat twice. And I was like, ‘Well, no, not really. But now I’m gonna start.’”

2022 WAS OK

Estavillo said 2022 was not a bad year for him and his family.

“Me and my family moved into a new place, so we started packing everything and trying to get everything settled, which has been quite the adventure,” he said. “It’s been fun.

“At the new place we have a lot of goats. Now we have some land, so that great. It’s going to be fun.”

Estavillo said many around him are saying they’re so glad 2022 is over, but not him.

“Every year has its ups and downs,” he said. “You know, I’m just excited about the new year.”

Lost Pets

One low point of the year, though, was the loss of family pets. A dog had to be put down, and their cats snuck outside one day and went missing.

The family believes they were probably killed by coyotes, now that they live in a more rural and wild setting.

“We’ve got two new kitties,” he said. “They are nice, but that was probably the worst downer for me.”

For 2023, Estavillo is working hard for prosperity through his new job at Walmart.

“I just started this job not too long ago, and I feel like I’m moving up the ranks pretty good,” he said. “So, I’m hoping for a prosperous new year, and a new adventure at a new job here, and rising up the ranks.”

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Renée Jean

Business and Tourism Reporter