2012 Cheyenne Frontier Days a success
CHEYENNE, WY – After a record setting year in 2011, Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) officials were hopeful that 2012 would compare – they weren’t disappointed.
The 116th annual celebration came to a close on July 29 with the championship rodeo. While overall attendance was down from last year, it was still among the top five on record. Total attendance will be released as soon as numbers are confirmed.
Once again the Zac Brown Band concert was a big seller. Opening Saturday saw the largest rodeo crowd. Chute tours gave fans an opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes workings of the rodeo and drew 4,952 fans. The pancake breakfast numbers were up over 2,000 from last year with 29,571 people fed. The Indian Village had over 45,000 visitors with the largest group of 8,805 coming through on Wednesday.
Members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association competed for more than $1 million in cash and prizes. Champions received a package including the most coveted prize in professional rodeo – Cheyenne buckles and trophy saddles. Night shows included the Championship Bull Riding (CBR) where Josh Barantine earned the world championship and a $100,000 bonus.
Throughout the rodeo and CBR competition 4,654 animals made appearances in the arena. Additionally more than 1,000 animals appeared in parades, grand entries and other activities. Veterinarians inspected all animals daily. Comprehensive reports from the CFD Animal Care Committee showed that on-site veterinarians examined 47 animals for sickness or injury. All but five were treated and released or placed in rehabilitation.
The Justin Sportsmedicine Team saw over 500 contestants, used over a mile of tape, and 1,000 pounds of ice for treatment with no significant injuries. Bullfighter Darrell Diefenbach sustained a dislocated shoulder on the second day. On-site doctors put it back in place and he was able to finish the rodeo.
Once again, fans were able to interact with social media outlets. The CFD Facebook page has seen tremendous growth with 52,415 to interact with and a weekly total reach of over 750,000.
“We couldn’t do anything that we do without the support from our fans, the community and our sponsors,” said Rod Hottle, General Chairman. “Most importantly, our volunteers and staff are the backbone of our organization and their passion for CFD and the Western lifestyle is the core of our success.”
– Cheyenne Frontier Days