Posted on July 24, 2013
My husband and I were just in Cheyenne (in Wyoming) for the first time, a couple of weeks ago. Nice place! We especially loved the Paul Smith Children's Village at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. We wanted to rent out a few kids to help us enjoy the village even more!!
From July 19 to July 28, Cheyenne is enjoying Frontier Days (and Frontier Nights). Think rodeo. Think concerts. Think BIG. Think old-time fun!
Frontier Days is one of the largest rodeos in the world—and it's a really long-standing tradition, too—the first one was held in 1897! The ten-day event attracts 200,000 people every year.
|This is cowgirl Prairie Rose, riding in the |
Frontier Days Rodeo around 1920.
|Photo by Pat Bonish|
A rodeo is an exhibition in which people—men and women, boys and girls—show off their cowboy skills. Lots of times it's more of a contest than a show—think winners and trophies, medals and belt-buckle awards! The contestants compete to see who can stay astride a bucking bronco or bull the longest, who can rope a calf the quickest, who can wrestle a steer to the ground the quickest...(cue animal rights activists!)
Frontier Days includes all the normal rodeo stuff, plus a midway with food booths, rides, and games. There are comedy shows, musical concerts, and wild west shows. Basically, there are a whole lot of ways to spend money!
But there are also some great freebies at Frontier Days. There is a free Native American village with cultural exhibits, demonstrations, and pow wows. There is Wild Horse Gulch, a free area in which visitors can get a feel for the Old West. There are even free pancake breakfasts on many days! I'm not sure I've ever seen 40,000 people served more than 3,000 pounds of ham and over 100,000 pancakes! I wonder if they use real maple syrup, the kind the costs $19 a pint—or if they use the cheap imitation stuff that is flavored high-fructose corn syrup? (I think I have a guess!)
One thing that doesn't fit with the old-time Wild West theme is the Air Force Thunderbirds Air Show—but the Thunderbirds have been performing aerobatic stunts at the Frontier Days event since 1953. That's even before I was born, so I officially declare the Thunderbirds participation as being old-time enough!
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