116TH ANNUAL CHEYENNE FRONTIER DAYS TO RUN JULY 20 TO JULY 29, 2012
The Nation's Largest Outdoor Rodeo and Western Celebration Draws Thousands of Visitors from Across the Country and Around the World
CHEYENNE, Wyoming (March 14, 2012) - Every summer since 1897, Cheyenne and the surrounding communities enter a cowboy state of mind. That's when more than 2,500 volunteers pull their boots out, dust off their cowboy hats and come together to host the nation's largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration, Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) from July 20-29, 2012. Coupled with many related events - from downtown parades and evening concerts to free pancake breakfasts - the 116th "Daddy of ‘Em All" draws cowboys along with rodeo and music fans from across the country and around the world for a spirited ten-day Western heritage celebration.
The first of nine rodeo events begins on Saturday, July 21 and runs each day through Sunday, July 29. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctions each rodeo. Pre-show events begin at noon and the rodeo starts at 12:45 p.m. Nearly 1,500 contestants will compete for a share of more than $1 million in prizes, plus the prestige that comes from winning America's best-known rodeo.
Entertainment - Frontier Nights
Most evenings starting at 8 p.m., "Frontier Nights" features premier country and rock musical performers on the stage set up in the rodeo arena. This year's featured entertainers include: Zac Brown Band; Brad Paisley with The Band Perry; Merle Haggard; Reba McEntire; Journey; Hank Williams, Jr.; and Blake Shelton. In addition to the daytime bull-riding during the rodeo, visitors can get more action during the Championship Bull Riding event on July 23 at 8 p.m. That's when one rider will be crowned World Champion when the "Road to Cheyenne" tour wraps up at Cheyenne Frontier Days.
FREE Pancake Breakfast
An army of CFD volunteers treat people to a free pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Depot Plaza located in the heart of downtown Cheyenne. Each year, CFD serves about 100,000 flapjacks, 3,000 pounds of ham, 9,200 cartons of milk, and 520 gallons of coffee, along with 630 pounds of butter and 475 gallons of syrup. Started in 1952 by the Kiwanis Club, they now serve more than 30,000 locals and visitors yearly.
In addition to the rodeo arena, Frontier Park includes the Indian Village cultural area; carnival/midway area; chuck wagon cook-off; Wild Horse gulch western heritage area; Buckin-A Saloon; and CFD Old West Museum. People curious about the behind-the-scenes logistics of running a rodeo are invited to join a free "Behind the Chutes" tour, which starts daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in front of the CFD Old West Museum.
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 during the Grand Parade, which begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21. The parade is repeated on the following Tuesday and Saturday.
Cheyenne Area Visitors Center
There is much more to do around Cheyenne than kick up dust at Frontier Park. A staffed visitor's center is located downtown in the Historic Cheyenne Depot. In addition, a selection of shopping, restaurants, area attractions and accommodations can be found at http://www.cheyenne.org/.
CFD unites the community and serves as an important boost to Cheyenne's economy, bringing in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Many corporate sponsors lend their support to CFD, indicative of the community spirit. In 2011, attendance at Frontier Park rodeos and concerts totaled nearly 200,000 and that total rises with parade attendance and other events outside Frontier Park. Entrance to Frontier Park is free. Event tickets may be purchased online at http://www.cfdrodeo.com/ or by phone at (800) 227-6336.
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About Cheyenne, Wyoming
Wyoming's Capitol city is located just 90 miles north of Denver at the intersection of I-25 and I-80 on the high plains. With a comfortable population of approximately 55,000, Cheyenne sits as the northern anchor of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The city's slogan, "Cheyenne, Live the Legend," is an invitation to explore and step back into the Old West. Cheyenne was named "Number One Western Town for 2009" by True West Magazine and one of the "20 Best Places to Live in the West" by American Cowboy (April/May 2009). The city is considered the nation's rodeo and railroad capital, with a strong business and economic base. Cheyenne is home to museums; historic hotels and mansions; casual to upscale restaurants; a collection of steam engines; western-themed attractions and shopping; resorts and ranches; golf courses; botanic gardens; and a thriving art community with soft adventure nearby. For more on this magical place that captures the imagination of the American West, visit Cheyenne online at http://www.cheyenne.org/. Photography is available on Cheyenne's website or by calling 214-252-0900.
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