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The 115th Cheyenne Frontier Days is underway

Tony Bruguiere Ft. Collins, Colo.

It is official – the 115th Cheyenne Frontier Days is underway. As the Corriente steers roll over the hill it marks the beginning of The Daddy of ’em All.

This tradition goes back generations. It used to be the only way to get the animals from their pasture where F.E. Warren Air Force Base sits now, to Frontier Park. Then someone figured out that it was a lot easier to truck the steers to the park, so they quit doing it. Then, sometime in the mid 1980s the cattle drive was revived and continues to this day.

The Cattle Drive of today is more symbolic than functional, but it is a great way for invited guests, Committee Chairmen, Dandies, wranglers, volunteers and family to get together for a chuck wagon breakfast and some socializing before getting down to the serious business of putting on the 115th edition of the worlds largest western celebration. Everyone has a hearty breakfast of sausage, eggs, and biscuits and gravy, all cooked to perfection in Dutch Ovens, to get into the right frame of mind for a cattle drive.

The drive starts north of Cheyenne and runs south on the service road, parallel to I-25, turns left onto Central, past Kiwanis Lake, turns right onto Kennedy Road, and eventually winds its way to Frontier Park. The entire trip is roughly 6-miles. It is quite a procession with vintage wagons and buggies loaded with media and guests leading the way. Next comes Miss Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Lady in Waiting, followed by 300 Corriente steers. The Committee Chairmen bring up the rear and the whole procession is surrounded by cowboys that hopefully can keep the steers together and moving forward. The Cattle Drive follows the same route to Frontier Park every year and is held on the Sunday before the first rodeo performance.

This annual event is always enjoyed by the many onlookers that line the roads along the route. Traffic along the route is controlled by the Cheyenne police and the Wyoming Highway Patrol takes care of keeping traffic moving along I-25. It is always interesting to see that the cars from Colorado and Wyoming hardly slow down, while the cars bearing plates from eastern states slow to almost a crawl. The windows open, the kids shout, and cameras are thrust through the window to record an image of the ‘wild west’ to show to folks back at home.

Once the steers reach the arena, the cowboys take over the job of moving the herd from the Committee Chairmen. Then it is once around the track and into pens where they are sorted, fitted with horn wraps and readied for timed event action at the 115th Cheyenne Frontier Days.

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It is official – the 115th Cheyenne Frontier Days is underway. As the Corriente steers roll over the hill it marks the beginning of The Daddy of ’em All.

This tradition goes back generations. It used to be the only way to get the animals from their pasture where F.E. Warren Air Force Base sits now, to Frontier Park. Then someone figured out that it was a lot easier to truck the steers to the park, so they quit doing it. Then, sometime in the mid 1980s the cattle drive was revived and continues to this day.

The Cattle Drive of today is more symbolic than functional, but it is a great way for invited guests, Committee Chairmen, Dandies, wranglers, volunteers and family to get together for a chuck wagon breakfast and some socializing before getting down to the serious business of putting on the 115th edition of the worlds largest western celebration. Everyone has a hearty breakfast of sausage, eggs, and biscuits and gravy, all cooked to perfection in Dutch Ovens, to get into the right frame of mind for a cattle drive.

The drive starts north of Cheyenne and runs south on the service road, parallel to I-25, turns left onto Central, past Kiwanis Lake, turns right onto Kennedy Road, and eventually winds its way to Frontier Park. The entire trip is roughly 6-miles. It is quite a procession with vintage wagons and buggies loaded with media and guests leading the way. Next comes Miss Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Lady in Waiting, followed by 300 Corriente steers. The Committee Chairmen bring up the rear and the whole procession is surrounded by cowboys that hopefully can keep the steers together and moving forward. The Cattle Drive follows the same route to Frontier Park every year and is held on the Sunday before the first rodeo performance.

This annual event is always enjoyed by the many onlookers that line the roads along the route. Traffic along the route is controlled by the Cheyenne police and the Wyoming Highway Patrol takes care of keeping traffic moving along I-25. It is always interesting to see that the cars from Colorado and Wyoming hardly slow down, while the cars bearing plates from eastern states slow to almost a crawl. The windows open, the kids shout, and cameras are thrust through the window to record an image of the ‘wild west’ to show to folks back at home.

Once the steers reach the arena, the cowboys take over the job of moving the herd from the Committee Chairmen. Then it is once around the track and into pens where they are sorted, fitted with horn wraps and readied for timed event action at the 115th Cheyenne Frontier Days.