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Preliminary Numbers: Cheyenne Frontier Days a Big Success

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The preliminary numbers are in and it appears that the 118th Annual Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration, which ended Sunday, was a big success.

Rodeo attendance on Championship Sunday was 12,883  which approached the record of 13,203 set in 2005. According to numbers released by CFD, preliminary numbers show that rodeo attendance was 85,379. Night Show attendance was 118,833. Total paid attendance was 250,264, an increase over 2013 nearing the record set at the 100th celebration in 1996. Of those guests 104,600 visited and participated in activities in Old Frontier Town.

There were 46,205 visitors to the Indian Village. Three pancake breakfasts fed 26,668 and over 50,000 people attended the four Grand Parades.

More than 15,000 fans watched the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird Arial Demonstration at Laramie County Community College. Thousands of others also enjoyed the demonstration as the Thunderbirds soared over Cheyenne. Fort D.A. Russell Days at Warren Air Force Base attracted another 21,000 spectators.

Tim McGraw on the final Saturday night was the biggest night show draw with 23,313 in attendance, the third largest crowd in the history of Frontier Nights. Also on Saturday night, it was announced that Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert will be performing here in 2015.

This year’s celebration kicked off with a new event, the Cinch Shootout, featuring bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, women’s barrel race and bull riding and $70,000 in prize money.

About 2,300 volunteers were involved throughout the 10 day celebration. CFD General Chairman Darin Westby said the “volunteers are the heart and soul of organization and none of this would be possible without their hard work and dedication.”

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