Cheyenne Frontier Days Carnival Rides with Grateful Mike [VIDEO]
Do you have a favorite ride at the carnival?
Each year during the 'Last Full Week of July' the carnival comes to town as part of Cheyenne Frontier Days and has become a big part of the tradition for many.
No matter your age, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Carnival Americana offers something for everyone; thrill rides like the Super Shot and Sky Walker, several fun houses, classics like the Tilt-A-Whirl and the Octopus, a variety of kid's rides, lots of games to try to win prizes and much more.
We always like the giant slide and of course the Ferris wheel (from the top you can see F.E. Warren Air Force Base and the State Capitol building).
If you're looking for a souvenir for the kid's, the carnival has prizes you can buy or win. The carnival is open 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. through Saturday, July 25, and the Sunday hours run from 10:30 a.m. until a little after the finals rodeo finishes up. Armbands for unlimited rides are available for $30. On Wednesday, July 22, with each valid Laramie County ID you may buy up to 2 unlimited ride armbands for the discounted price of $25.
Growing up on West 31st St., the Randall Ave. exit used to come right down our street and we'd get excited when we saw those first semi's with carnival rides on them, we knew Frontier Days was close. We'd try to guess which ride it was by the pieces of it we could see.
I always wondered 'Is Carnie was a derogatory term for someone who works at the carnival?'
I asked a couple the other day who were working there and they told me they took no offense to the term, they made a nice living traveling up and down the front range in their 2015 automobile working carnivals and making enough to afford a nice home too. They usually work one of the games at one carnival and switch to the Funnel Cake booth at others. (They say the booths are air conditioned)
Carnival Americana is owned by the son-in-law of Bill Hames, who brought his show to Cheyenne Frontier Days for many years. The carnival workers make a share of all the money a game makes in a night so that's part of the reason they try so hard to get you to play.
The Cheyenne Frontier Days carnival crowd is always a fun place for people watching. We found that out when we were on location shooting video, we had some funny photo bombs. Check out our video. Make sure to watch until the end to find out 'Where's the Zipper, Man?'
We asked what happened to our favorite ride, The Zipper. According to our anonymous source, the carnival workers who were familiar with operating and repairing that ride were getting older and many were leaving the profession and eventually there was no one left who could keep the ride operational. We'll just have to make a new favorite, what's yours?