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Cheyenne Frontier Days July 17-26, 2015

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The Daddy of 'em All has been kicking up dust since 1897 with the world's largest outdoor rodeo and Western Celebration. The first Frontier Days was held as a cowboy roundup that featured bronco busting and steer roping contests as well as pony races.

When the event was over, the cowboys stayed around to sort cattle and brand calves. They also roped steers, demonstrated rope tricks, and challenged each other in the activity that was a true test of a cowboy's skill, which was riding bucking broncos. Everyone liked it so much that the next year’s Frontier Days was expanded to two days and included a parade.

More than 100 years later, Cheyenne Frontier Days is a 10-day festival of rip-roarin' excitement, featuring the world's best PRCA rodeo action and Western entertainment. It's non-stop activity and hospitality at its Western best!

livabilityIn fact, Livability.com just named Cheyenne Frontier Days as the top festival in the nation in their annual Top 10 Summer Festivals 2013.

Cheyenne Frontier Days includes PRCA rodeo & slack events, concerts, Professional Bull Riders, USAF Thunderbirds, parades, pancake breakfasts, Western Art Show & sale, carnival, Old West Museum, Indian Village. Click here to get some sample itineraries for Frontier Days.

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Team RopingCheyenne celebrates its Authentic West roots each year with the world's largest outdoor rodeo. The event draws top professionals cowboys, competing for more than $1 million in cash and prizes.

Lady at CFDBesides the PRCA event, which is called The Daddy of 'em All because of the prizes, there's tons of other rodeo-related activities going on.  Find out about all the rodeo action here!

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The nightlife at Frontier Days is tons of fun! It goes on each night, Friday through the next Saturday, with rock and country music, as well as professional bull riding! Acts are announced around Thanksgiving, so check on the CFD website for more information or call 800-227-6336.     

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paradesParade routeOne of Cheyenne Frontier Days' most popular events is the Grand Parade, which is held at 9 a.m. July 18, 21, 23 and 25, 2015, in downtown Cheyenne. 

The route (pictured left ... click it for a full-sized map) starts at the Capitol at East 24th Street and Capitol Avenue, heads south to 18th Street and then east to Central Avenue to Lincolnway, it turns west to Carey Blvd and then ends at East 24th Street.

You'll see floats, marching bands, antique carriages, automobiles and horses with riders in period dress. It's 90 minutes of cheering fun. The Masons hold a Chuckwagon Breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at their lodge at the corner of 19th and Capitol on parade mornings. And local churches also hold lunches after the Pancake Breakfasts (signs are up downtown to lead you to the vittles!).

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You think the best part of a Fair is the food on the midway? Well, the good news is you not only get Carnival food at Frontier Days, there's so much more! Eat free pancakes and get access to barbecue and so much more. Click here to read more!!

 

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carnivalEveryone gets excited when they see the carnival rides go up because they know things are about to get fun!  The carnival runs July 17-26, 2015, and is open from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. every day on the Carnival Midway, Eighth and Dey Avenues.

Gunslinger Armbands are $25 for a half-day session, which is either for the daytime (10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or evening (6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.). Cost is $5 less for Laramie County residents on Cheyenne Day, July 22. The price does not include midway admission, which is $3 per person. You can buy your armbands online here.

The Cheyenne Gunslingers perform re-enactments of gunfights and other Wild West activities at noon & 6 p.m. Mon–Sat and noon Sun from Jul 17-26, 2015, at  Gunslingers Square, 15th and Pioneer. The performances are free.

indian village

The Indian Village is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. July 17-25 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 26 at the southeast corner of Frontier Park, Carey and Eighth Avenues. Various Native American vendors with food, arts and crafts are available all day, with special entertainment throughout the week. The entertainment in the Indian Village is free and is brought to us from the Little Sun Drum and Dance Group, based out of the Wind River Reservation in central Wyoming.

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Wildly popluar, the Frontier Town is open every day of Frontier Days from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. just south of the Old West Museum and west of the Indian Village in Frontier Park, Carey and Eighth Avenues. Take a step back in time and celebrate Cheyenne's western heritage with Western merchants, craftspeople, artisans, and even some special guest characters like Lillie Langtry, Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickock and Wyatt Earp.

The Old Fashioned Melodrama is always a hoot, and will play at 7 and 9 p.m. the nights of Frontier Days at the Atlas Theater, 211 West Lincolnway. The melodrama is entertainment for the entire family, where you can cheer for the hero & boo at the villain. Adults $15, seniors $12, students 13 and old $10, child 12 and under $8. 307-638-6543.

The Cowgirls of the West Brunch and Fashion Show is a popular annual event at 9 a.m. July 20, 2015, in the Grand Ballroom of Little America Resort Hotel, 2800 West Lincolnway. Featuring fashions by Just Dandy, Out West & Outstanding fashions from Cheyenne’s Premier Western Fashion Store. Plus Silent Auction, Jewelry, Rodeo Queens and more. Reservations are required at 632-6068 or visit their website.

 

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USAF ThunderbirdThe first civilian air show ever performed by the Air Force Thunderbirds was at Cheyenne Frontier Days in 1953. They have returned each year to fly on the Wednesday morning of the festival. They are often seen around town at autograph signings!

Thunderbirds The USAF Thunderbirds Air Show will be at 9:30 a.m. July 22, 2015, above Laramie County Community College, 1400 East College Drive.

Parking at LCCC begins at 8 a.m.

Remote free Park ‘n Ride lots are at Holliday Home Plaza, Nationway and Windmill Road (Ashley Furniture parking lot) and Cheyenne Plaza, East Lincolnway and College Drive (Hobby Lobby parking lot).

Before the Thunderbirds fly, enjoy fun activities and music from a live active duty Air Force Band! LCCC student groups will sell refreshments and Thunderbird T-shirts. Don’t forget your lawnchairs, umbrellas, water and sunscreen (sunglasses too). For information, call 778-7200 or 800-227-6336.

air base

On the same day, the Wyoming Air National Guard will hold an Open House from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event takes place at the Air National Guard Air Base, but entrance is only via shuttle that picks up at the north side of the Frontier Mall, 1400 Dell Range Blvd. See a variety of military air craft and an air show of a variety of aircraft, both military and private. The USAF Thunderbirds' jets will be on display after their air show (which starts at 9:30a and ends around 10a). Valid photo id is required. No food or drink allowed on the base. No weapons, even personal pocket knives. 307-772-5025.

 

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Fort Russell The FE Warren Air Force Base will hold a three-day open house honoring their past as Ft. D.A. Russell and all they have achieved through the years with missiles and now with NASA. The base will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jul 17-19 at the Base, Interstate 25 and Randall Ave. All events are free except where noted. Learn more about this fun three-day event here.   

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It's not too early to reserve your Frontier Days lodging. Research for hotels here. One hint for you is that when you call the hotel to book your reservation, call them directly on their local 307 phone number for the best availability and rates.

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CFD Park n RideParking can be a hassle during Frontier Days as the neighborhood south of the park quickly fills with vehicles up to eight blocks south and 10 blocks east of the entrance. To avoid a long walk or an expensive ticket (breaking parking laws WILL result in a towed vehicle), you have options. Click here to learn more.

cfd future dates

Mark your calendars!! Hope to see you at a future Cheyenne Frontier Days.

2016 ... July 22 - 31
2017 ... July 21 - 30
2018 ... July 20 - 29
2019 ... July 19 - 28
2020 ... July 17 - 26