See America's Biggest Outdoor Rodeo in Action

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Each summer, Cheyenne, Wyoming, plays host to Frontier Days, a weeklong celebration of Old West traditions, including some of the most intense rodeo competitions you'll see anywhere in America.

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Each July, a robust parade in downtown Cheyenne, Wyoming, helps to kick off Frontier Days, the world's largest outdoor rodeo. Frontier Days has been a Wyoming tradition since 1897, celebrating the Old West with competitions, food, music, dance, and more.

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During Frontier Days, morning parades featuring vintage cars, cowboys, and music are the best way to start the day in downtown Cheyenne.

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Rodeo action takes place daily at Cheyenne's Frontier Days. Here a bareback rider attempts to hold on for eight seconds to qualify for the cash prize. He holds onto a leather rigging with a suitcase-like handle - no question this has to be hard on one's back! 

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I'm not sure who invented funnel cakes, but a trip to the carnival doesn't seem complete without topping it off with one of these. You can opt for your cake to be topped with ice cream, strawberries, and whipped cream. Showing great restraint, I settled for just powdered sugar. Frontier Days offers a wide variety of snacks and meals, including a chuckwagon cook-off and other Old West favorites.

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Frontier Days is not just for cowboys. These young women hail from Oregon and visited Cheyenne to participate and to promote their Pendleton Rodeo.

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One of the most exciting events to watch at a rodeo is bull riding. It almost always ends with the bull bucking the rider off in a not-so-graceful manner. Rodeo clowns are standing close at hand to distract the bull so the rider can get away safely. It's a crowd pleaser for sure.

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This young fella is getting fitted with his first pair of chaps - you're never too young to get in the cowboy spirit at Frontier Days. 

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Barrel racing is a rodeo event in which a horse and rider attempt to complete a cloverleaf pattern around preset barrels in the fastest time - if you've ever ridden a horse, it's absolutely awe-inspiring to see these riders in action. 

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Indian Village, part of the weeklong festivities, features daily drumming, dancing, and cultural sharing, along with a variety of Indian crafts on display and for sale. 

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