10 things to eat and do at Cheyenne Frontier Days

A food sample at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Photo courtesy of Fun Biz

Eat and drink

Are you heading north to do your rodeo? Here’s your to-do list.

When one of the world’s greatest rodeos takes place in your own backyard, we say it’s the perfect excuse to get out of town and play cowboy for a few days. Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD), the “Daddy of ’em All,” as they say, turns 125 this year and we’re here to celebrate. So dust off your hat, put on your leggings, and follow our tips on what to eat and do at the worst rodeo in the West.


Po’Boy Fruity Pebble Shrimps

It sounds crazy, but hear us out. This classic shrimp po’boy is breaded and topped with nostalgic cereal, resulting in a colorful, crunchy and original creation we’re on board with. Nathan Janousek, the creator of the sandwich and founder of Fun Biz, the food and beverage supplier for CFDs, says the combination works. “It’s colorful, it’s crisp, and it has the flavor profile we were looking for, like coconut shrimp, for example,” Janousek says. “It’s really delicious.” The po’boy is accompanied by a spicy vinaigrette made with sriracha, ranch and crushed fruity pebbles. For bread lovers, you can also enjoy the same dish as shrimp encrusted with fruity pebbles on a stick. $ 12; to be found on the “Get Fried” stand.

Elote dog
The Elote dog at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Photo courtesy of Fun Biz

Elote dog

For a premium take on fair food, try the dog elote – a beef hot dog on a toast topped with fresh corn, pico de gallo, grated Oaxacan cheese and jalapeños and drizzled with mayo. spicy, lime and Mexican cream. Customers expect more from their food now, Janousek says, even craving high prices halfway. “It has really specific, noticeable flavor layers that all work together,” he says. “The salty, the spicy, the sweet, the crunchy, the snap of the hot dog, the beefy, the juicy of it, the freshness of the corn, the toasted flavors – it all has to be there or it isn’t. is not true. $ 10; to be found on the “Texas Steak Out” stand.

Cheyenne Frontier Days
A food sample at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Photo courtesy of Fun Biz

The fireplace

This seasoned potato pancake is topped with pulled pork, elote, Oaxacan cheese, fresh coleslaw, fried onion chips, jalapeños and a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce. The best part? Nothing is frozen. “All of our ingredients are fresh,” says Janousek. “We smoke the meats, parry, marinate and do everything on the spot.” Bonus: Ingredients are sourced locally from Wyoming suppliers. $ 12; to be found on the “Spud Ranch” stand.

The loop club

This sit-down restaurant in the heart of the rodeo serves Wyoming beef, bison, and chicken, along with live music and craft cocktails. It is therefore the ideal place to let off steam after a long day of rodeo. Pro tip: Brunch is served on both Sundays of the rodeo if you need a gore to shake up the Saturday night festivities. EntranceéThe prices vary.

Pancake breakfast

Enjoy a free (yes, free) pancake breakfast on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, courtesy of the Cheyenne Kiwanis Club. In 2021, the crew plans to flip nearly 100,000 flapjacks and serve 25,000 rodeo enthusiasts (still trying to break the 1996 record of 39,112). Release. July 26; July 28; July 30, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.


Rodeos (Of course)

If you’re wondering what it is, here’s your introduction: Cheyenne Frontier Days is the world’s largest outdoor rodeo, attracting over 260,000 participants in 2019. Over the course of nine days, 1,500 rodeo participants ( and over 2,000 animal athletes) will compete for cash prizes expected to reach $ 1 million, one of the biggest purses in rodeo. From bull races to barrel races, the arena will rumble with thunder every day. New to the rodeo? Browse The Rodeo 101 page of the CFD to learn the … tricks of the trade. Tickets start at $ 21. July 24 to August 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Last cowboy standing

It’s the big one, where the toughest cowboys face off against the meanest bulls in a rodeo showdown against the gods. The biggest stars of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) world are vying for the title of “Last Cowboy Standing”. Those who can stay on their bull for a full eight seconds move on to the next round, competing until only one remains. Tickets start at $ 25. July 26-27, 7:45 p.m.

Border nights
Nights of the border. Photo courtesy of Cheyenne Frontier Days

Frontier Nights Concerts

The star-studded lineup of CFDs is what country dreams are made of. If music is your thing, plan your trip around a show: Maren Morris, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett and many more are on deck. Garth and Blake may be full, but seeing any act in the CFD stand is a big check on the to-do list. Ticket prices vary. July 23-25, 8 p.m. July 28-31, 8 p.m.

Behind the Falls Tour

Follow the path of the rodeo stars themselves – bulls, broncs, cowboys and cowgirls clashing – with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Falls. You’ll dust your boots as you explore the belly of the rodeo, and even end the tour with a walk through the arena. Release; meet in front of the CFD Old West Museum join. July 24 and 30-31, 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. July 25-29, 9:30 am and 10:30 am; August 1st 10am

Indian village

You cannot celebrate the spirit of the West without celebrating its indigenous peoples. Since 1898, Cheyenne Frontier Days has invited Native Americans to participate in the show and established a permanent area in the 1960s that now hosts Indigenous exhibits, stalls, and food vendors, as well as dancing, music, and shows. tales. Release. Open every day.

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