June 30, 2004
There is really only one time that Cheyenne is busy and tourism is booming. Cheyenne Frontier Days is the largest outdoor rodeo in the world. It is on the last full week of July every year. This year (2004) will be the 108th "Daddy of 'Em All." Every day, there are rodeo events during the day. At night, some of the biggest country/western acts come out to entertain. The children can roam around the fairgrounds, riding the rides, winning prizes at the side booths, and eating various foods. You'll find hot dogs, corn dogs, burgers, giant turkey legs, and so much more. There is also an exhibition hall with hundreds of different items ranging from western apparel to cookware.
Enjoy the parades down the main street leading to the capital building. You will see the largest collection of horses and horse-drawn wagons in the US. You can also see a few gunslingers.
If you get up early enough, join the crowd in the center of town for a free pancake breakfast. There are pancakes, ham, coffee, and juices. They are cooked and served off the chuck wagon. The lines will look unbearably long but they move fast. While in line, motion to the pancake cooks and they may toss you a fresh pancake as you wait. You'll get to eat on hay bales and listen to live country/western/folk musicians. It is a great time for the children.
See demonstrations from the Thunderbirds, the US Air Force's signature F-16 squadron, putting on a great air show. Cheyenne is the Thunderbirds' first stop on their touring season. Check the website for date and location.
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