10 Fun Things for Families at Cheyenne Frontier Days
posted by: Amber Johnson
Wyoming is proud of its “Wild West” history. While the number of the “Cowboy State’s” true cowpokes may be relatively small, every summer since 1897 Cheyenne and surrounding communities truly do enter a cowboy state of mind. That’s when about 3,000 volunteers pull their boots out of the closet, dust off their cowboy hats and come together with the help of many local sponsors to host the nation’s largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration, Cheyenne Frontier Days™ (CFD).
Coupled with many related events – from downtown parades to “Frontier Nights®” evening concerts to free pancake breakfasts – CFD draws cowboys and rodeo and music fans from throughout the country for a spirited, ten-day celebration of Western heritage. CFD unites the community and serves as an important boost to Cheyenne’s economy, bringing hundreds of thousands of visitors who pump a significant amount of money into the local community.
This year, the 123rd edition of the “Daddy of ‘em All®” returns on Friday, July 19. Nine days of rodeos sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) will run from Saturday, July 20, through CFD’s conclusion on Sunday, July 28. Rodeo events begin at 12:45 p.m. Nearly 1,500 contestants will be vying for a share of the more than $1 million in money and prizes, plus the prestige that comes from winning America’s best known rodeo.
And don’t forget about families. Here are some not-to-be missed events:
Daily 10:30 a.m. to midnight.
Bring the whole gang for fun rides, delicious fair food and entertaining games!