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Cheyenne Frontier Days: Catch a Rodeo!

A classic image of the American Cowboy as portrayed by C.M. Russell. (Wikipedia)

How did the “Daddy of ‘em All”® rodeo start you ask?  Well, let’s take a look back in the 1890’s and find out…

In the west, the cowboys ran the land. After months of tending to their livestock on the open range, the cowboys would return to their ranches.  That’s when they would partake in friendly bucking—horse competitions. People loved the spirit of these exciting matches between cowboys.  So here it was, on September 23, 1897—the first “Daddy of ‘em All”® was born.

Now with the 116th year of Cheyenne Frontier Days upon us, the rodeos have changed dramatically. Going from one rodeo — to nine, from one event — to ten, from a few contestants — to hundreds, and from a few dozen spectators — to thousands!

If you go see one of these rodeos, you will see that the name still holds true.  You can expect to see over 40 bucking bulls and at least 70 saddle and bareback broncs, which is more than you would see at any other rodeo.  Some other events are steer wrestling and roping, wild horse racing, team roping, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, and of course (my personal favorite) bull riding.  Tickets start at just $16, which also gets you through the gate. There is a rodeo every day, so be sure not to miss out!

Here is the schedule for this years rodeos at CFD:

Championship Bull Riding (World Championship)
July 23 and 24 at 8pm.  Tickets start at $29.

Daddy of ‘em All® Rodeos
July 21 — July 29 at Noon (or 12:45 if you don’t mind missing the pre—show).  Tickets start at $16.

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