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Despite some challenges, CFD happy with ticket operations this year

People wait to go into the stands for the rodeo at Cheyenne Frontier Days on Friday July 30,...
People wait to go into the stands for the rodeo at Cheyenne Frontier Days on Friday July 30, 2021.(Will Thomas)
Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 4:42 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - There have been a handful of new additions and policies at the 125th Cheyenne Frontier Days. Due to the pandemic, CFD has gone mostly electronic for its sales in the park this year. CEO, Tom Hirsig, admitted there have been some challenges.

“Whenever we put this many people in the park, cell service becomes almost nonexistent, which affects people being able to download their tickets. If they don’t get them downloaded in their Apple wallet or their Google, sometimes its kind of painstaking to get those in there.”

CFD has appreciated the patience of the visitors coming to the shows and rodeos. Hirsig said they have had conversations about how operations in the park will go in the future. He said if they have the opportunity, it will be more of a choice on electronic or cash sales.

Despite some of the challenges, tens of thousands have enjoyed what CFD has to offer this week, and Hirsig said that’s what it’s all about.

“I think when we have the magnitude of people we’ve had out here, you find holes in your organization and certainly we need to fix those holes. But what I’ve seen as far as the patrons here, they’re having a great time and at the end of the day that’s what we need to have happen.”

Though CFD won’t know full numbers of attendance until next week, Hirsig said concessions, water and soda sales on Friday July 23rd and Saturday July 24th, were more than the entire week of CFD in 2019. He also reminds everyone who is coming out to the concerts to get to the park early, just in case you do run into any problems.

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