Cheyenne Frontier Days

The Modern West #3: Riding For Glory At Cheyenne Frontier Days

Aug 17, 2015
Bob Beck

Take a trip to the great Western extravaganza: Cheyenne Frontier Days. Meet bullfighters and carnival barkers, rodeo queens and pow wow dancers, and discover where history and legend meet.

Aaron Schrank

Ryan Reed loves rodeo. And each July, he makes a pilgrimage here, to the so-called “Daddy of ‘Em All” in Cheyenne.

“You just feel like you’re on hallowed ground when you’re here.” Reed says.

Roaming the Frontier Days midway, this amateur steer wrestler and calf roper is like a kid in a candy store. 

“Yesterday, during the bareback bronc, I actually got some dirt flung on me,” says Reed. “I really felt like I’d been hit by some special dirt or something. That’s just kind of the feeling I have about the place.”

Aaron Schrank

The rodeo may be the best-known competition at Cheyenne Frontier days, but outside the arena there is another group of skilled professionals vying for glory. Carnival games operators leverage years of practice and skill to convince people like you to pay cash for the opportunity to win a push, stuffed prize. For many of them, it's not just a job: it's a way of life. Wyoming Public Radio’s Miles Bryan spent time with a few of these games operators and has this postcard.

Bob Beck

It’s another day at the bull riding event at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo and it’s another day of the rodeo announcer thanking bullfighter Darrell Diefenbach for knocking a bull away from a helpless bull rider who’d fallen to the ground. It’s something Diefenbach and his Frontier Days partner Dusty Tuckness do every day.

Melodie Edwards

When you think of a rodeo star, it’s usually a guy on a bucking horse, not a woman. But there is one age-old rodeo event that was developed especially for women: barrel racing. It’s been around since the early 1900’s, but it’s not for wimps. Racers on horseback make loops as fast and tight as they can around three barrels set up in a triangle before heading back to start--and they do it in all in under 18 seconds.

Aaron Schrank

The very name ‘Frontier Days’ is meant to conjure up images of the old West. And that includes Native Americans, who have been a part of Cheyenne Frontier Days pretty much from the beginning. The North Bear Singers and Little Sun Drum and Dance Group, from the Wind River Indian Reservation are the main attraction this year, occupying the arena at the center of the Indian Village.

Caroline Ballard

Cowboys in Levis, bucking broncos, and raging bulls in a dirt arena are probably the images that come to mind when you think of a rodeo. The events aren’t exactly known for their glamour. But at Cheyenne Frontier Days, two of its most recognizable faces are known just as much for their outfits as they are for their riding. Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard finds out what it’s like to be Miss Frontier and her Lady In Waiting.

Morning Music Live From Cheyenne Frontier Days: Part 2

Jul 24, 2015
Wyoming Public Media

Morning Music's last day at Cheyenne Frontier Days was a success! Take a look at the second day of Morning Music's live show, playing tunes at Old Frontier Town.

Morning Music Live From Cheyenne Frontier Days: Part 1

Jul 23, 2015
Wyoming Public Media

A behind the scenes look at the first day of Morning Music's live show at Cheyenne Frontier Days. It was a fantastic Thursday with live music from Fort Collins Americiana band No Fences! We had a great time meeting listeners, members, the tourists for CFD, and residents of Cheyenne.

Aaron Schrank

A look at what our news team has been up to during Cheyenne Frontier Days as well as the various stories being gathered and experienced. 

University of Wyoming

Every year, the University of Wyoming has a presence at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Wyoming Public Media's Anna Rader asked UW's Institutional Communications Specialist Milton Ontiveroz about the university's involvement. 

Anna Rader: How did the University of Wyoming become involved with Cheyenne Frontier Days?

StoryCorps Bi-Lingual Facilitator Anna Berlanga and Facilitator Callie Thuma, had a chance to take a much needed break during their busy citizen interview schedule. They were able to experience the excitement of a Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo on July 23rd thanks to sponsor CenturyLink.