Cheyenne Frontier Days is the world's largest outdoor rodeo, earning the nickname "The Daddy of 'em All." But it's not just a rodeo, not by a long shot. It's a midsummer celebration of Western heritage, food, art and music. There's even a carnival midway and much, much more. The main event, of course, is the rodeo. Bronco riding, steer roping, wild-horse racing, team roping, and barrel racing are standards -- but bull riding is the main attraction and grand finale.
The appeal and lofty status of bull riding in the rodeo world is due in large part to Cheyenne Frontier Days. The bulls weren't reliably ornery until livestock contractors bred a Brahma bull from India into the mix for the event in the 1920s. These beasts weighed more than 1,500 pounds each and were perfectly angry and ferocious buckers, making way for their widespread acceptance in the sport ever since.
The first Frontier Days was staged in 1897. The event began as a plan hatched to revitalize the economy after the silver bust of 1893. Since its beginning, Frontier Days has been a volunteer operation, and its success is due to the thousands of hospitable Wyoming residents who make the event possible each year. In fact, they feed more than 30,000 rodeo fans a free pancake breakfast every year.
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Cheyenne Frontier Days Information
Address: Frontier Park
4610 Carey Ave
Hours of Operation: Fourth week in July
Admission: Cost varies
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