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Cheyenne Frontier Days Gears Up for Rodeo Thrills, Western Celebrations

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Cheyenne Frontier Days, the world's largest outdoor rodeo and Western celebration, opens July 22, 2011 and organizers promise 10 days of fun and excitement, with evening entertainment provided by a range of top artists such as Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Darius Rucker and Mötley Crüe.

Marking its 115th anniversary, Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) will run July 22-31, and the Wyoming extravaganza will feature parades, Native American dancing and storytelling, a carnival midway and a performance by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration team.
cfdbullrider03"I have to say that 2011 is lining up to be another great year," said Rod Hottle, CFD's general chairman. "We have a great group of A-list entertainers, and fans are going to be in for a real treat."

In a special tribute to the men and women who have served the United States by being in the military, CFD has a special thank-you waiting.

"Monday, July 25, will be our day to honor our troops," Hottle said. "So if you have a military ID, show it and we will give you a free ticket to the rodeo. Someone doesn't have to be active duty, either. This is for retired folks, too. You just have to have a military ID card."

And it's rodeo that takes center stage. Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo will have plenty of action. It starts with nine Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeos.

Part of the PRCA's Wrangler Million Dollar Gold Tour, each day of non-stop action includes bull riding, saddle bronc, bareback, rookie bronc, steer wrestling, steer roping, team roping, tie-down roping, and barrel racing.

Nearly 1,500 contestants will be vying for a share of the more than $1 million in money and prizes, plus the prestige that comes from winning America's best known rodeo.

The 2011 schedule runs Saturday, July 23 through Sunday, July 31, with a preshow starting at 12 p.m., and rodeos starting at 12:45 p.m. in the Frontier Park Arena. Ticket prices vary.

As an added rodeo thrill, Cheyenne Frontier Days will play host to the Finale for the Palace Station Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge presented by Championship Bull Riding (CBR).

Starting at 8 p.m., the best bulls in the world will invade Frontier Park on Monday July 25 and Tuesday July 26 in search of their share in over $225,000 that will be paid out at the Cheyenne Frontier Days CBR event.

People curious about the behind-the-scenes logistics of running a rodeo are invited to join "Behind the Chutes" tours from July 23-31.

The tours begin in front of the Old West Museum by the "No Looking Back" bronze statue. Look for the chute tour sign at the statue as a gathering point. Starting times for the 40-minute tours vary.

In the evenings, "Frontier Nights" will feature premier country and rock musical performers on the arena stage.

This year's lineup offers some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Kid Rock, Jason Aldean with Mark Chesnutt and Thompson Square, The Charlie Daniels Band with the Jane Dear girls, Mötley Crüe, Darius Rucker with Kevin Costner & Modern West, Zac Brown Band, and Toby Keith with Eric Church. The schedule for the artists follows. Performances start at 8 p.m.

  • July 22 - Kid Rock
  • July 23 - Jason Aldean with Mark Chesnutt and Thompson Square
  • July 24 - The Charlie Daniels Band with the Jane Dear girls
  • July 27 - Mötley Crüe
  • July 28 - Darius Rucker with Kevin Costner & Modern West
  • July 29 - Zac Brown Band
  • July 30 - Toby Keith with Eric Church

During the day, Cheyenne Frontier Days offers a lot of free things to see and do.

cfdsteerwrestlingCFD mobilizes an army of volunteers on three different mornings to treat people to free pancake breakfasts. As it did last year, CFD expects to serve about 100,000 flapjacks to nearly 30,000 hungry fans. Breakfast will be served on July 25, 27 and 29 from 7 - 9 a.m. at Depot Plaza, located near Carey Avenue and 15th Street. The Kiwanis Club, with the help of the Cheyenne Boys and Girl Scouts, cook up the grub on military ranges.

Other attractions include CFD's Indian Village cultural area, carnival midway, Chuck Wagon Cookoff (July 27-30), and Wild Horse Gulch Western heritage area.

Cheyenne Frontier Days, supported by 2,500 volunteers, hosts over 550,000 fans and visitors at Frontier Park annually. Named the PRCA's Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year 11 times, the "Daddy of ‘em All" is also home to the best cowboys in the world the last full week in July each year.

Hottle cautioned fans not to be lured in by ticket scalpers.

"We try to keep the price down, make it affordable for families to come," he said. "We have plenty of tickets, and the highest price is $58," he said about ticket prices for A-list entertainers such as Toby Keith and Kid Rock. "There are a lot of scalpers out there trying to get more."

For tickets online and event information, visit
www.cfdrodeo.com, for tickets by phone, call (800) 227-6336, and in Cheyenne call (307) 778-7222.

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