Monday, July 22, 2013

Cheyenne Frontier Days

We didn't really plan on being here during the annual Cheyenne Frontier Days.  It just happened.  We were looking for a campground and the first couple we tried were filled.  One host said, "Its the Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD), so you won't find anything within a hundred miles."

She was pretty much right on that.  We looked into staying at Laramie and places in between Cheyenne and there and did not find anything.  But we were able to stay on base at F.E. Warren Air Force Base as long as we didn't mind dry camping.

Turned out to be a good move.  And at $10/night we are close to everything.  Close to the CFD grounds and only about 5 miles from downtown Cheyenne.

We arrived on Friday afternoon and got set up.  We took a drive around the area and found the capitol and the main downtown area.  On Saturday we went to the CFD Parade.  It was great!

We arrived early and found a spot near the front of the parade.  We sat near Jerry who has been a regular here for the past 15 years.  He was an interesting guy and we had a nice time chatting while the parade participants got lined up.
One thing he said was, "I hope you like horses, because there are about 1200 of them in the parade."
I am not sure there were that many but several hundred for sure.  And they were beautiful!
We saw a cowboy doing rope tricks
And a number of wagons and stage coaches and buggies
Some of these horses were magnificent!

and then some
not so much...

And there were more Rodeo Queens and Ladies in Waiting than I have ever seen anywhere
And some more wagons and stage coaches
And some beautiful old cars
And some tractors
And then the street sweepers

signaling the end

It was a great way to spend Saturday morning at the Cheyenne Frontier Days and our second parade we've seen this month!

Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles!

8 comments:

  1. We worked at the Cheyenne KOA last summer, and I well remember that we turned away tons of people. Some people make their reservations a year in advance. Glad you got a good place and were able to see the excitement!

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    1. Wow - it is fairly crowded but not as bad as we expected. How was it at the KOA?

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  2. Looks like fun! We were in Cheyenne a few years ago just before the Frontier days and it was very quiet.

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  3. We wondered if the place is pretty slow were it not for the CFD.

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  4. I just LOVE cowboys!! If you have never been to Bandera TX, go! Cheyenne reminds me of it.

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  5. Some times the unplanned things turn out for the best,it happened to us in Tombstone AZ there was a long weekend OK Corral event going on as we came in unplanned.
    Great adventure thanks for sharing.

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    1. Ha! I had a feeling we weren't the only ones that do things like that… we had a good time last time we were in Tombstone!

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