Since 1897, the rough-and-tumble town of Cheyenne, Wyo., has honored its heritage with a Western show that’s grown to become Cheyenne Frontier Days. The bucket list-worthy, 10-day celebration features professional rodeo events, A-list country music acts, spectacular parades and, of course, pancakes (as in, 100,000 pancakes). Today, the event draws visitors from all over the United States and more than 50 countries. Here’s what you don’t want to miss during the festival, which runs July 19–28.
1. The Rodeo
Electrifying rodeo events such as bull riding and barrel racing wow audiences during the festival, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get in on the action. As host of the world’s largest outdoor rodeo, Cheyenne Frontier Days earns its reputation as the “Daddy of ‘Em All®,” drawing some of the biggest names in the sport for a shot at more than $1 million in cash and prizes (a sizeable step up from the $25 purse winning cowboys received early on!).