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Cheyenne Frontier Days 2012 Promises Rodeo Thrills, Old West Fun

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Cheyenne Frontier Days, the world's largest outdoor rodeo and Western celebration, will celebrate its 116th Annual extravaganza from July 20 to July 29, 2012 with plenty of food, fun and excitement, including evening entertainment from some of Country Western's biggest stars.

Taking place over 10 exciting days, visitors will enjoy parades, Native American dancing and storytelling, a carnival midway and a performance by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration team on July 25.

cfdsteerwrestling2012For details, exact times and ticket prices, visit Cheyenne Frontier Days' Website at
www.cfdrodeo.com .

And there will be plenty of rodeo action. The first of nine rodeo events begins on July 21, with more rodeo competition each day through July 29. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) sanctions each rodeo.

Pre-show events begin at noon and the rodeo starts at 12:45 p.m. Nearly 1,500 contestants will compete for a share of more than $1 million in prizes, plus the prestige that comes from winning America's best-known rodeo.

In addition to the daytime bull-riding during the rodeo, visitors can get more action during the Championship Bull Riding (CBR) event on July 23 starting at 8 p.m. That's when one rider will be crowned World Champion when the "CBR Road to Cheyenne" tour wraps up at Cheyenne Frontier Days.

The CBR World Champion will be crowned when the Cinch CBR Tour wraps up at Cheyenne Frontier Days. The 2012 CBR World Championship event marks the return of a World Championship to the tour that has not been held since the 2009 CBR Tour season.

The 2012 Cinch CBR Tour World Champion will receive a $100,000 cash bonus and the 2012 Cinch Tour Rider Bonus Program will distribute a total over $200,000 in cash to the top five Bull Riders on Tour at this exciting event on July 23 and July 24.

And there's plenty of top entertainment lined up for 2012's ‘Frontier Nights' shows.

With most evenings starting at 8 p.m., this year's featured entertainers include: Zac Brown Band; Brad Paisley with The Band Perry; Merle Haggard; Reba McEntire; Journey; Hank Williams, Jr.; and Blake Shelton.

The 2012 line up includes:

  • Friday, July 20: Zac Brown Band with special guests the Marshall Tucker Band, Sonia Leigh, and Nic Cowan
  • Saturday, July 21: Brad Paisley with special guest The Band Perry
  • Sunday, July 22: Merle Haggard with special guest Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band
  • Wednesday, July 25: Reba McEntire with special guests Rodney Atkins and Hunter Hayes
  • Thursday, July 26: Journey with special guests Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, and Loverboy
  • Friday, July 27: Hank Williams Jr. with special guest Chris Young
  • Saturday, July 28: Blake Shelton with special guest David Nail

In addition to the rodeo arena, Frontier Park includes the Indian Village cultural area; carnival/midway area; chuck wagon cook-off; Wild Horse Gulch western heritage area; Buckin-A Saloon; and CFD Old West Museum.

cfd_nativedancing2012Visitors curious about the behind-the-scenes logistics of running a rodeo are invited to join a free "Behind the Chutes" tour, which starts daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in front of the CFD Old West Museum.

On other popular feature are the Cheyenne Frontier Days' parades. Some of the top marching bands and horse-drawn vehicles in the country are on tap during the Grand Parade, which begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21. The parade is repeated on the following Tuesday and Saturday.

If that's not enough for anyone to set their vacation plans to include Cheyenne Frontier Days, there's one more treat not be missed.

That's the free pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Depot Plaza located in the heart of downtown Cheyenne.

An army of Cheyenne residents and friends serve about 100,000 flapjacks, 3,000 pounds of ham, 9,200 cartons of milk, and 520 gallons of coffee, along with 630 pounds of butter and 475 gallons of syrup.

Be sure to watch the chefs flip pancakes hot off the griddle over their shoulders, to be caught by waiting servers.

Started in 1952 by the Kiwanis Club, they now serve more than 30,000 locals and visitors yearly.

There's much more to see and do around historic Cheyenne as well. A staffed visitor's center is located downtown in the Historic Cheyenne Depot. In addition, a selection of shopping, restaurants, area attractions and accommodations can be found at
www.cheyenne.org .

Cheyenne, Wyoming's capitol city is located just 90 miles north of Denver at the intersection of I-25 and I-80 on the high plains. With a comfortable population of approximately 55,000, Cheyenne sits as the northern anchor of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.

For more information about the annual rodeo and Western celebration, visit Cheyenne Frontier Days' Website at
www.cfdrodeo.com .

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