Top 5 Things To Do At Cheyenne Frontier Days
In most places, you can only reminisce about yesterday’s colorful past. Here in Cheyenne they come to life, energized by one of today’s most vibrant Western cities and celebrations. Since 1897, Cheyenne has celebrated its Old West roots with this one of a kind festival, The Daddy of ‘Em All, Cheyenne Frontier Days! To make sure you’re not missing out on any of the festivities, I’ve put together a list of 5 things you must do/see! 1. PRCA Rodeo My personal favorite is Cheyenne’s world-class rodeo. It is known for its fast pace and large number of contestants. The CFD rodeo ensures that you can see more rodeo action than you can see at any other rodeo. If it is your first time out in the West, this is definitely an exciting event that you do not want to miss! Events include; two sections of bull riding, two sections of saddle bronc and bareback riding, barrel racing, rookie saddle bronc riding, steer roping, senior steer roping, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping and the wild horse race! Every rodeo event is performed in each of the nine daily performances, so any day at Cheyenne Frontier Days is a good day to see an exciting, action-packed rodeo. All rodeos begin at 12:15 pm. 2. Night Shows If you’re like me and love country music, the night shows are for you! You’ll get to see some of the biggest names in country music perform right in the CFD arena. This year’s concerts will rival the best of the best anywhere in the country. Here is the full lineup for this year’s acts: Blake Shelton – Friday, July 17 Miranda Lambert with special guest Tyler Farr – Saturday, July 18 Big and Rich – Sunday, July 19 Aerosmith – July 22 Alabama – July 23 Toby Keith with special guest Trace Adkins – July 24 Keith Urban with special guest Craig Morgan – July 25. Also, don’t miss out Championship Bull Riding Monday July 20 & Tuesday July 21. Head on over to the ticket office, get your boots and cowboy hats on and get ready for a great time! 3. Parades Growing up in Cheyenne the parades were always something my family and I looked forward to. The Cheyenne Frontier parades allow you to see some of the best marching bands and horse-drawn vehicles in the country. Four parades are held in downtown Cheyenne, beginning at 9 a.m. in front of the State Capitol on Saturday, July 18, Tuesday, July 21, Thursday, July 23, and Saturday, July 25. If you want to get a good seat, many people stake out their territory just after the sun comes up to get in the shade with curb-side seating. Lots of the floats include children, friends and family members and the employees of sponsoring businesses all that have deep Wyoming roots. 4. Free Pancake Breakfast Started by the Cheyenne Frontier Days Committee in 1952, the traditional free pancake breakfast has been one of my favorites and a favorite for all who attend. This year, the volunteers will serve up more than 100,000 flapjacks made from 5,000 pounds of pancake mix, cook-up 3,000 pounds of ham, serve 9,200 cartons of milk and 520 gallons of coffee, along with 630 pounds of butter and 475 gallons of syrup! That’s a lot of pancakes and ham! Beginning at 7:00 am, free breakfast is served with a special Cheyenne “howdy” and a smile. Be sure to bring a big appetite and enjoy! 5. Behind the Chutes Tour Since I love the rodeo so much, getting a first-hand look at what goes on during the rodeo from behind the scenes is super fun! These exciting tours follow the path of the bulls and broncs as the animals are rounded up and weave their way through the maze of gates on their way to the chutes and out into the arena. You will encounter a special experience when you step into the chutes and finish the tour by walking across the arena. Makes you feel like you’re one of the contestants! The free tours begin in front of the Old West Museum by the “No Looking Back” bronze statue and happen a few times each day! No matter what events you decide on attending, the people of Cheyenne Frontier Days will make sure it’s a memorable one! I hope you have as great of time as I do at the Daddy of ‘Em All! Keaton is a Cheyenne native, a student at the University of Wyoming and a country girl at heart. Wyoming will always be her home and she has no plans of leaving this amazing state anytime soon!