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Cheyenne Frontier Days

During the last full week of July, join us for an exciting 10 days of rodeo, concerts, western history and our famous blue jean western hospitality.

In late July each year, enjoy the rip-roaring excitement of Cheyenne Frontier Days, the largest outdoor rodeo and Western celebration in the world!

Cheyenne Frontier Days is the oldest continuously running and largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration in the world. Known as the "Daddy of 'em All" to rodeo cowboys, Cheyenne Frontier Days takes place in Cheyenne, Wyoming every year during the last full week in July. This action-packed, one-of-a-kind event, rich in century-old traditions and old-fashioned hospitality, celebrates the Old West with a 10-day wingding of top-name entertainers, parades, free pancake breakfasts, cowboys, cowgirls, Native American Indians, broncs, bulls and wild horses.

Cheyenne Frontier Days last year drew 550,000 fans from California to New York, Maine to Florida, Michigan to Texas, plus visitors from Canada, Mexico, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Japan, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Austria, Norway and Sweden.

One of the most noteworthy aspects of the Daddy is that it is produced and operated almost entirely by volunteers. More than 2,000 citizens of Cheyenne (population 55,000) donate time year around to bring the Old West alive for 10 days every summer.

The $1 Million PRCA rodeo, the biggest payday on the regular rodeo circuit, is topped only by the National Finals Rodeo, and boasts more contestants than any other rodeo with 1,800 of the world's top cowboys and cowgirls.

The Cheyenne champion buckle is a coveted item on the rodeo circuit. A win at Cheyenne can launch a career, or revitalize a lagging career. The 2006 event will be held July 21-30 in a dedicated $10 million complex housing an arena, track, carnival, Wild Horse Gulch Frontier Village, authentic Native American Indian Village, cowboy campground, concessions and shopping.

Professional Bull Riders feature top bull riders testing their mettle against 1,600-pound bulls in two evening performances. Western parades wind through downtown Cheyenne featuring the largest collection of horse-drawn, antique carriages in the world, many from the collection of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum.

Free pancake breakfasts downtown in front of the newly restored Union Pacific Depot, each serving upwards of 10,000 hungry visitors for free.

The authentic Native American Indian Village is inhabited by members of the Wind River Reservation. Highlights include daily performances of traditional music, dance and storytelling. The Cheyenne Frontier Days Western Art Show and Sale features nationally acclaimed artists in an exhibition of more than 300 paintings, bronzes, wood and alabaster carvings, and Navajo weavings. This year marks the 26th anniversary of this show. Annual United States Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration. Frontier Days was the site of the first Thunderbirds performance 52 years ago.

The Chuckwagon Cook-off cooking and camp demonstration displays authentically restored wagons and participants dressed in period costume. Outfits compete to win in six categories: best-configured wagon, best-tasting meat, beans, bread, potato and dessert.

Frontier Days is honest-to-goodness excitement at its Western best with daily rodeos, nightly concerts featuring top-name performers, an Indian Village, parades, art shows, pancake breakfasts, a carnival, and more.

111th Frontier Days: July 20 - 29, 2007
112th Frontier Days: July 18 - 27, 2008
113th Frontier Days: July 17 - 26, 2009
113th Frontier Days: July 23 - Aug. 1, 2010

Bon Jovi Will Rock Cheyenne Frontier Days On Opening Night, July 20 2007.

Cheyenne Frontier Days welcomes legendary rockers Bon Jovi on July 20 to open the Frontier Nights concert series at the 111th annual edition of the Daddy of 'em All.

"We are thrilled to add this huge rock event to our lineup this summer," said Contract Acts Chairman Joe Lopez. "I know that Bon Jovi will be an amazing night on the Cheyenne Frontier Days stage."

Bon Jovi has remained one of rock's biggest stars and has sold more than one hundred million albums worldwide. Remaining at the forefront of the music industry for over two decades, Bon Jovi continues to make headlines by recently winning the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocal. Bon Jovi also made history by becoming the first Rock & Roll Band to have a #1 hit on Billboard's Hot Country Chart in May of 2006.

Bon Jovi has followed up their multi-platinum album Have a Nice Day with a new album called Lost Highway, set for release on June 19. The first single from that new album, "(You Want To) Make a Memory," was released to radio on Tuesday. Bon Jovi is scheduled for live performances of "(You Want To) Make a Memory" on the upcoming CMT Awards broadcast, on Fox's "American Idol" and on NBC's "Today Show." Bon Jovi-watchers have already discovered the album's title song, "Lost Highway," in the new box office smash film, Wild Hogs. Another album track, "We Got It Going On," a duet with Big & Rich, is the theme song for the new Arena Football League season on ESPN.

In addition to his contributions in both the music and film genres, Jon Bon Jovi is a strong advocate for many charities including his recently launched project Phase V Homeownership Project in October 2006, designed to renovate 15 decaying homes in Philadelphia, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, the Saturn automobile company and a local charity for the effort.

The grand entry takes place before each Frontier Days rodeo.
The grand entry takes place before each Frontier Days rodeo

A bull fighter distracts a bull during Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo action.
A bull fighter distracts a bull during Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo action.

Rodeo thrills at Cheyenne Frontier Days
Rodeo thrills at Cheyenne Frontier Days



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