Cheyenne Frontier Days has kicked off, unofficially

Published: Jul. 15, 2016 at 11:31 AM CDT
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On Sunday, July 17, CFD drove Corriente steers from the pasture north of Cheyenne along I-25, and through the city streets into Frontier Park. The drive began around 7:15 a.m. at the intersection of I-25 & Horse Creek Road north of the city, moving along I-25 on the Eastern frontage road to Hynds Blvd, turning south to Central Ave., to Kennedy Road, and then moved from Kennedy Road to Carey Ave., and into Frontier Park.

Cheyenne PD, Wyoming Highway Patrol and the Laramie County Sheriff's Office worked together for the cattle drive. Meanwhile members of the community watched the cattle drive from various locations along the route.

General Committee Chairman Bill Berg says this is "the unofficial start to Frontier Days." The cattle drive has been going on for about 100 years now ...once we get them into the park we'll start exercising them, get them acclimated to their surroundings, and into our arena and get them ready for the show."

Cheyenne Mayor Rick Kaysen says he has been a part of the cattle drive for eight years. He says it's a very unique experience for folks to enjoy. "One of the things I was observing as well is a lot of out of state license plates as well. So folks are traveling from all over to participate, and that's a good thing." Kaysen adds.

Kimberly Kuhn has taken part in CFD and the cattle drive in a variety of ways throughout the years. She says, "It really keeps the west alive, the cattle drive. It's really nice for the people to see the cattle coming through town ... It's so nice Frontier Days gets to show off that part of our lifestyle to the community and our visitors."

CFD will officially kick off this Friday July 22nd.