Cheyenne Frontier Days / “World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo and Western Celebration” is an outdoor rodeo and western celebration, held annually since 1897 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The celebration is held during the ten days centered about the last full week of July.
Cowboy style bars and country and western themed establishments scattered throughout the city of Cheyenne are popular with many rodeo fans and participants, and they file in in large numbers after the night shows.
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Prior to the annual kickoff of Cheyenne Frontier Days on a Friday, the annual Cattle Drive is held on the preceding Sunday morning. This event, which attracts considerable attention, is inspired by the cattle drives of the Old West.
Cheyenne Frontier Days features nightly concerts by popular music and comedy acts, a midway, a fair with rides, games, and food vendors, wild west shows featuring Western riding, an Indian village, and a large PRCA nationally sanctioned rodeo.
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The rodeo and the majority of the events are centered on the property of Frontier Park, but some of the events such as the pancake breakfasts are held in a different part of the city.
Three free pancake breakfasts are served each year which are sponsored by the local Kiwanis chapter. The event takes place at the historic Cheyenne Depot Square (map).
Grand Parade. On the days in between the free pancake breakfasts, the city of Cheyenne hosts the Grand Parade in the morning. The parade starts at the Wyoming State Capitol (map), goes down to the Cheyenne Depot Square, and then returns to the Wyoming State Capitol on an alternate street.
Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum (map) is open all year round. There is a modest admission fee. It is located on Frontier Park. A statue of bull rider rodeo icon Lane Frost riding a bull stands near the entrance. There is an extensive exhibit of western carriages. There is also a permanent exhibit on the history of Cheyenne Frontier Days.