Cheyenne Frontier Days is an even steeped in tradition and this year that tradition will change. For years the rodeo has started at 12:45 p.m. with the first bull coming out of the chutes at 1 p.m., but not this year. Everything will begin a half hour earlier, with the grand entry at 12:15 p.m. and the first bull being turned out at 12:30 p.m.
General Chairman Darrin Westby says things were moved up to accommodate the night show acts, “With the increased stage production of the night show acts and how long it takes the crews to get those stages put in place, we needed that extra half hour on the front end and we’re hoping that the rodeo consumers and the park consumers like to have that extra half hour.”
CFD is also offering a new fast pass for the night shows that allows early admission to the party zone and the early start will accommodate those customers. Westby says Cheyenne Frontier Days is and always will be about the rodeo, but that the night shows are becoming a large part of the week.
“The big productions of the night shows are kind of driving a little bit of the bus right now,” said Westby. “We have to make sure that we can put on the best performances that we can whether it be the day show with the rodeo or the night show with the concerts.
The gates at Frontier Park will also open early at 10:30 a.m. Rodeo slack started on Tuesday with the barrel racing and continues the rest of this week. The first night show will be on Friday and the first full rodeo performance is set for Saturday.