“Hey Cheyenne, Garth Brooks here, proud to say I cannot wait to see you for the 125th,” said Brooks in a video message. “I carry my buckle from the 100th everywhere I go. If you’ve seen us, you’ve seen me wear it — award shows, album covers, still have that thing.”
Held the last full week of July, Cheyenne Frontier Days is a huge, 10-day western celebration. The event has been held since 1897 so that Cheyenne can celebrate its Old West roots.
In addition to the world-class Frontier Nights entertainment acts, the event offers the world’s largest outdoor rodeo – which draws the top pros who compete for more than $1 million in prize money. A Frontier Days belt buckle is among the most coveted prizes in rodeo.
This summer, a bronze statue of Chris LeDoux is to be added to the sculpture collection at Frontier Park. The sculpture from D. Michael Thomas of Buffalo, Wyoming, memorializes the ties of Chris LeDoux to rodeo, music and CFD history.
“One of my favorite memories is the fact that I got to play with Chris LeDoux, the man,” said Brooks. “So I can’t thank you for all the gifts you’ve given me. I’m looking forward to the 125th. I’m looking forward to the fact that it’s dedicated to Chris. Can’t wait for the unveiling of the statue.”
“I am going to need a buckle belt to go with my 100, so 125, right next to 100. Thanks for remembering me,” said Brooks. “Thanks for giving me some of the greatest moments of my life — to come, as well. I love you guys. Cowboy up.”
Cheyenne Frontier Days: Daddy of ’em All
In 2020, CFD was cancelled for the first time in its 124-year history. Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr said that organizers decided the risk of spreading the virus was too great for the more than 140,000 people who visit Cheyenne for Frontier Days.
Frontier Days carried on through both world wars and the Great Depression, when tough finances prompted it to become a mostly volunteer-run festival of rodeo, music concerts, parades and other events.
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