West Gets Ready for Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, Big-Name Entertainment

Monday, July 01 2013 20:55   Rodeos
The final count down is underway for the 117th annual Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration, 10 days of thrills and excitement that includes Championship Bull Riding, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo stars and a top lineup of country music's biggest stars including Toby Keith.

Set for July 19 to 28 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, this year's lineup proves once again why Cheyenne Frontier Days's rodeo is known as the "Daddy of ‘em All."

cfd_rodeo2012Cheyenne Frontier Days received the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year award for 2012 for the 14th time at a National Finals Rodeo award banquet held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Known for its fast pace and large number of contestants, the CFD rodeo ensures that visitors see more rodeo action - three sections of bulls, and two sections of saddle and bareback broncs daily - than they can see at any other rodeo. Every rodeo event is performed in each of the nine daily performances, so any day at Cheyenne Frontier Days is a good day to see an exciting, action-packed rodeo.

On July 22-23, Cheyenne Frontier Days will host The Championship Bull Riding / CBR Tour on as a part of Frontier Nights.

This year's CBR Tour event at CFD will include performances by some of the best bulls in the country. This event is the CBR World Championship, but will also serve as the Finale for the 2013 Palace Station Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge. Bull Teams compete by earning points accumulated by the bull's scores and a combination of the number of seconds ridden by their respective cowboy. CBR will crown it's 2013 World Champion Bull Rider at CFD and award $100,000 to the world champion.

toby_keithBut it's not just championship rodeo that keeps bringing fans back to Cheyenne. There's also behind-the-chutes tours, trick riding, and a wild-horse race. A Native American village, an Old West town called "Wild Horse Gulch," a saloon, square dancing, a chuck wagon cook-off, pancake breakfasts, and an art show carry through the frontier theme. Rounding out the program are a carnival midway and several parades that include antique carriages and automobiles.

And there's always top country entertainers to thrill fans. The Frontier Nights schedule for 2013 includes:

• July 19: Journey with Styx
• July 20: lan Jackson with Randy Houser
• July 21: Dwight Yoakam with Chancey Williams & the Younger Brothers Band
• July 24: Luke Bryan with Thompson Square
• July 25: Rascal Flatts with The Band Perry
• July 26: Jason Aldean with Jake Owen
• July 27: Toby Keith with Joe Nichols

One traditional favorite that won't be available this year will be the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and their incredible air show. Faced with deep budget cuts, the U.S. Air Force stopped all public aviation support. Fans are hoping the Thunderbirds can return next year.

What will be back are the Cheyenne Frontier Days free breakfasts, to be held July 22, 24 and 26. Beginning at 7 a.m. on those days, a free breakfast is served with a special Cheyenne "howdy" and a smile. Enjoy a free breakfast in Ol' Cheyenne with visitors from all 50 states and many foreign countries.

This year, the volunteers are expected to serve up more than 100,000 flapjacks made from 5,000 pounds of pancake mix, cook-up 3,000 pounds of ham, serve 9,200 cartons of milk and 520 gallons of coffee, along with 630 pounds of butter and 475 gallons of syrup!

Also back will be plenty of parades, featuring antique and historic Old West wagons and coaches. Grand Parade dates are July 20, 23, 25, and 27. Clap and cheer as people from all over the world take in the sights and sounds of some of the top marching bands and horse-drawn vehicles in the country. The parade starts in front of the Wyoming Capitol.

There also will be the annual Chuckwagon Cookoff festivities, set for July 24, 25, 26, and 27, and don't miss the Indian Village, Frontier Town and Carnival Midway.

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 14 times, the "Daddy of ‘em All" is also home to the best cowboys in the world the last full week in July each year.

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


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