Cheyenne Frontier Days kicks off July 22 with a new rodeo format, concerts, carnival and more

As the book ends on the 100th Greeley Stampede, our neighbors to the north prepare to launch their 126th Cheyenne Frontier Days Friday, July 23 with a variety of events and activities for the whole family.

Cheyenne Frontier Days, also known as “The Daddy of Em’ All”, was founded in 1897 and is the world’s largest outdoor western celebration and rodeo. The event was fashioned after Greeley Potato Day and featured pony racing, bronc busting, steer roping and other events. As with the Greeley Stampede, Cheyenne Frontier Days expanded the festival and rodeo as it grew in popularity over the years to its current 10-day offering.

Get in on some rodeo action when Cheyenne Frontier Days kicks off on Friday, July 23. (Greeley Tribune file photo)

Over the years, Cheyenne Frontier Days has attracted a variety of cowboys, cowgirls and Western history icons such as Buffalo Bill, Chris LeDoux, Bill Pickett, Sally Rand and Mr. T, the one of the meanest bulls in rodeo history.

Rodeo fans can get a taste of the sport with nine days of action-packed events starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 featuring bareback bronc riding, team roping, steer wrestling, a race wild horses, barrel racing and more. Tickets for PRCA Pro-Rodeo events range from $18 per person to $80 per person depending on seat selection.

Organizers have added a new event to this year’s rodeo lineup – the PBR Team Series.

The PBR Teams Series is an “elite new league featuring the best bull riders in the world,” reports the PBR website. Bull Riders will compete in teams in 5-on-5 bull matches over an 11-event season.

Chuckwagon crews from as far away as Virginia came to compete in the 2021 Cheyenne Frontier Days events. Crews were judged on food produced, wagon design, tools, and camping appeal.  (Photo Credit Randy Owens/RandyOwens.smugmug.com)
Chuckwagon teams from as far away as Virginia have come to participate in the annual Cheyenne Frontier Days events. The crews were judged on food produced, wagon design, tools, and camping appeal. (file photo from the Greeley Tribune)

“We now have the opportunity for the sport to become even more exciting and reach new levels of organic growth with fans, sponsors and the next generation of PBR athletes by adding team competition to the tour (individual ) Unleash The Beast,” PBR explained. on its website. “It is truly a transformational addition to the PBR competition that fans have come to know and love.”

The series features eight different teams – Carolina Cowboys, Oklahoma Freedom, Austin Gamblers, Kansas City Outlaws, Texas Rattlers, Arizona Ridge Riders, Nashville Stampede and Missouri Thunder – the best riders in the country and the world, including Jess Lockwood, Jose Vitor Leme, Cody Jesus, Elijah Mora and Daylon Swearingen.

“Runners are very excited about the new league, as evidenced by the 269 runners who declared themselves for the inaugural PBR Team Series draft,” the organization said on its website. “They like the idea of ​​having teammates, a better support system, including coaching, and additional income opportunities.”

The rules and scoring for the series are the same as traditional bull riding, with riders and bulls judged on their performance and a qualified run of at least 8 seconds.

Bulls will be drawn and assigned to each team. Riders will work with team trainers to determine which rider will be paired with which bull. The team with the highest total score of qualifying runs will be declared the winner of each game.

The series’ 11-event inaugural season begins at Cheyenne Frontier Days at 7:45 p.m. on Monday, July 25 with four games. The season will culminate with a tag team championship Nov. 4-6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Part of a sold-out cheering crowd of 22,500 as they wait for headliner Post Malone to take the stage Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Frontier Park Arena in Cheyenne.  (Michael Cummo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle)
Like the Greeley Stampede, Cheyenne Frontier Days features a concert series featuring some of country music’s top artists. (file photo from the Greeley Tribune)

Game 1 will pit the Texas Rattlers against the Missouri Thunder. Game two will feature runners from the Carolina Cowboys and Nashville Stampede facing off with game three featuring the skills of Oklahoma Freedom against those of the Kansas City Outlaws. The first night of games will end with the Austin Gamblers taking on the Arizona Ridge Riders.

The action continues at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday with the Arizona Ridge Riders and Carolina Cowboys, followed by the Nashville Stampede and Missouri Thunder. The Texas Rattlers are scheduled to take on the Kansas City Outlaws while the Austin Gamblers and Oklahoma Freedom wrap up the games before heading to the next rodeo.

Tickets for the PBR Team Series at Cheyenne Frontier Days range from $25 per person to $305 per person depending on seat selection.

In addition to its rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days offers a variety of activities and events such as a Western Art Exhibit and Sale, Midway Carnival, Old West Museum and Gift Shop, tours behind the falls, chuckwagon kitchens, an indian village and much more. .

Admission to Frontier Park is $5 per person. Rodeo and concert tickets include park admission plus the $15 park-and-ride option. Guests 3 years and older must purchase an admission ticket.

Cheyenne Frontier Days offers a variety of activities and events for all ages.  (Photo courtesy of Cheyenne Frontier Days)
Cheyenne Frontier Days offers a variety of activities and events for all ages. (Photo courtesy of Cheyenne Frontier Days)

This year’s concert series features performances from some of country music’s top artists as well as a return to classic rock and rap.

Jason Aldean with Gabby Barrett and John Morgan kicks off the series at 8 p.m. Friday, July 22, followed by Dierks Bentley with Wyoming native Chancey Williams at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23.

Parker McCollum with Ian Munsick and Brett Kissel will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Sunday July 24 and Kid Rock with Night Ranger is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. on Wednesday July 27.

It’s more hip hop and rap on Thursday July 28 with Koe Wetzel, Jelly Roll and Nelly at 8 p.m. Sam Hunt with Russell Dickerson is scheduled at 8 p.m. on Friday July 29 and Brooks & Dunn with Elvie Shane, who performed at the 100th Greeley Stampede, wrap up the 2022 Cheyenne Frontier Days concert series at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.

Tickets are still available for some shows and can be found by going to www.cfdrodeo.com. Ticket prices are based on seat selection and price range.

The 123rd annual Cheyenne Frontier Days kicks off July 19.
The 126th annual Cheyenne Frontier Days kicks off Friday, July 23. (Greeley Tribune file photo)

Things to know before you go:

  • Participants are encouraged to bring only necessary items and bags may be searched. Guests are permitted on a clear bag, purse, fanny pack, or clutch no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches
  • Firearms and weapons, concealed or not, are prohibited on park grounds
  • Pets are not allowed in Frontier Park, with the exception of service animals for people with reduced mobility
  • No outside food or drink is permitted in the park
  • Strollers are permitted in Frontier Park after inspection
  • Guests of all ages are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a hat and apply sunscreen
  • Public parking is available at the park for $25 per vehicle at 1226 W. 8th Ave. or at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Park-n-Ride at 4038 Happy Jack Road.

For information on daily scheduled events, the PRCA Pro-Rodeo, PBR Team Bull Riding, concert series and more, go to www.cfdrodeo.com.

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