Cheyenne Frontier Days

Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) is an annual event which this year takes place from July 19 until July 28.  More than 500,000 people come to attend this great western show which is all about cowboys, horses, bulls and steers.  The cowboys compete in various disciplines:  bareback riding, steer roping, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bull riding, rookie saddle bronc riding, and wild horse race.  Gina McGee, a native of Cheyenne, although she is originally from Alabama, and I had agreed to go together yesterday, Sunday, and I had hoped that she would be able to explain to me the intricacies of the various contests.  But unfortunately she had to cancel at the last moment, because her mother had had an injury and had to be taken to the doctor.  So, I went to the rodeo at the stadium in Frontier Park by myself.  It was a great experience for me as a European who is totally unfamiliar with this show straight out of the Old West.  This year is the 117th time the CFD takes place.  Enjoy my photos from the rodeo.
As part of the CFD a pancake breakfast took place from 7 am to 9 am downtown on Depot Plaza.  I decided to go.  It was a beautiful morning, sunny and warm.  We all lined up to receive napkins, a plate, a fork, three pancakes, butter, maple syrup, a slice of ham, coffee, and water, as we moved forward in the line.  8,000 people attended and 25,000 pancakes were served.  I sat down and started eating my breakfast and was fortunate to sit next to and talk to Al Schmidt (yes, European spelling) and meet his family.  They had previously lived in Cheyenne but had all come from Oklahoma City to attend the CFD along with local friends.  I continue to be amazed at how friendly Americans are when they meet a total stranger.
Gina and I managed to meet today in between her mother's doctors appointments.  We went to a very nice restaurant, Little America, where we had iced tea and shared a BLT sandwich (I was full from the breakfast!).  Gina gave me a lot of advice as to what to see and do during the rest of my stay in Wyoming.  She also bought me a CFD mug as an eternal memory.  Thank you, Gina.  I took her home, we parted, and I headed for Laramie, app. 50 miles west of Cheyenne.  By the way, only app. 600,000 people live in Wyoming, 60,000 in Cheyenne, and 30,000 in Laramie.  Tomorrow I'm going to explore Laramie.  One of the highlights is the old Territorial Prison where Butch Cassidy spent time.       
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Gina on

What an interesting story today! It made me sad to see you leave, but such wonderful times we have to remember!! I do hope you enjoy Laramie and the sites I recommended. Just wish I were there! Catch ya later. Your friend Gina

Corkie on

I LOVE a rodeo!! Cheyenne Days would be on my 'Bucket List'.

Gina on

Maybe you can come out some day and enjoy it!

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