Cheyenne Frontier Days
2013 Dates: Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 28.
Now in its 117th
year, Cheyenne Frontier Days is the largest outdoor rodeo and Western celebration in the world. Get a true taste of the Old West as the “Daddy of ‘Em All” delivers thrilling PRCA rodeo competition, down-home food and world-class entertainment. The event draws some of the nation’s top rodeo cowboys, all vying for a piece of the million-dollar purse — the largest regular-season payoff in rodeo. This year’s Cheyenne Frontier Days kicks off Friday, July 19, with a variety of events and continues with nine days of PRCA Rodeo, a carnival, shopping and cultural villages, nightly entertainment and much more.
Each morning begins with a free Timed Event Slack, where you can see steer wrestling, steer roping, tie-down roping, barrel racing and team roping. Each day’s ticketed ($16–$30) rodeo competition starts at 12:45 p.m. and includes the excitement of bull, saddle bronc and bareback bronc riding as well as the crowd-favorite Wild Horse Race, in which teams of three attempt to saddle an unbroken horse and ride it once around the track. Can’t tell a “hazer” from a “pigging string”? The Cheyenne Frontier Days website explains all the rodeo events here.
Check out the lineup of nightly entertainment, which includes concerts by Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Dwight Yoakam. For all nine days, there will be PRCA rodeo competition in the arena — each featuring at least 10 rodeo events and three track acts. Families always enjoy the Carnival Midway, which features a variety of concessions, games and thrilling rides. For those of legal drinking age, the Buckin’ A Saloon is the place to be to two-step to live music. On July 20, 23, 25 and 27, a spectacular Grand Parade will wind through downtown Cheyenne.
Historic and Cultural Events
Don’t miss daily attractions such as the Cheyenne Frontier Days' Old West Museum, which offers visitors a look at the American West and the history of the rodeo, and Wild Horse Gulch, a Western village filled with artisans, merchants and period-dressed characters. Check the full events schedule for more historic and cultural things to do, including the Western Art Show & Reception, Indian Village and Fort D.A. Russell Days.
In Southeast Wyoming, Cheyenne is at the crossroads of I-25 and I-80 and is just 90 miles from Denver. Learn more about lodging, dining and other things to do in Cheyenne during Cheyenne Frontier Days here.
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