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10 Fun Things for Families at Cheyenne Frontier Days

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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:

Carnival Midway

Daily 10:30 a.m. to midnight. 

Bring the whole gang for fun rides, delicious fair food and entertaining games!

Grand Parade

July 20, 23, 25, 27 at 9 a.m.

Join people from all over the world take in the sights and sounds of some of the top marching bands and horse-drawn vehicles in the country!  The parade starts in front of the Wyoming Capitol.

Indian Village 

Daily 10 a.m.- 7:30 p.m.

American Indians have always been an important part of western history. In 1898, just after the second annual Frontier Days rodeo, the CFD committee invited American Indian performers to participate in the CFD celebration. American Indian performers have returned to CFD each year since, entertaining and educating visitors about American Indian heritage and culture.

Western Experience

10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

A new area offering unique Western experiences. See the incredible bond that develops between man and horse as horsemen work with wild horses off the range preparing them for adoption. Some events include: Training demos, Animal previews, Rodeo 101, Kalamazoo Cooperage, Guest appearances by the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls, Rust the Ranch Horse and UW Agriculture Displays.

Pancake Breakfast

July 22, 24, 26, 7-9 a.m.

Enjoy a free breakfast with visitors from all over the world! Volunteers will serve up more than 100,000 flapjacks, cook 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!

Behind the Chutes Tour

9 a.m., 10 a.m., &/or 5 p.m.

Get a first-hand look at what goes on during the rodeo from behind the scenes! Meet the animals, step into the chutes and finish the tour by walking across the arena. The tours begin in front of the Old West Museum by the “No Looking Back” statue.

Frontier Nights

In the evenings, “Frontier Nights” will feature premier country and rock musical performers on the arena stage. Entertainers booked for this year’s 8 p.m. concerts are:

Friday, July 19 Lady Antebellum with special guests Kelsea Ballerini and Midland

Saturday, July 20 Rascal Flatts with special guest Clint Black

Sunday, July 21 Josh Turner with special guest Tanya Tucker

Wednesday, July 24 Miranda Lambert

Thursday, July 25 TBA Friday, July 26 Keith Urban

Saturday, July 27 Tim McGraw with special guest Devin Dawson

In addition to daytime bull riding events, fans can enjoy PBR’s Last Cowboy Standing at 8 p.m. on Monday-Tuesday, July 22-23.

A complete Cheyenne Frontier Days schedule and event tickets can be found at



Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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