Cheyenne Frontier Days is the oldest outdoor rodeo and western celebration, this is it's 117th year. It's called "The Daddy of 'em All." Can you believe I've never been? Yeah, me neither. No excuses this year, I actually WON tickets to the Jason Aldean/Jake Owen concert! I about fell outta my chair... Those are two of our favorite top country stars. Yep. Couldn't wait!!
While the concert tickets included a free bus ride up and back, we aren't big fans of buses and that meant we'd have to leave one of our bikes downtown on a Friday night until 2am. Not happening! We had heard free parking was available on the residential streets in the area, the bikes should make that super easy. Karla took Friday off, so after sleeping in a bit we headed out for the easy 2 hour ride up.
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Lots of stuff for sale
Do you think I could get one for the Subaru?
Great carnival atmosphere, minus the usual riff raff found at Denver area events. Kids were well behaved and watched after, teenagers pants weren't around their ankles and I didn't get a single wiff of pot! Plus the place was massive, so it was easy to get away from the crowds.
Ooooo!! I used to love these as a kid!!
Oh this might be interesting.... (Excellent photo bomb by Karla too!)
Time to head back to the bikes for dinner before the show. They're safe and sound all tucked in.
Why we bring our covers:
Sun feels good!
That PB&J made me even more childish... Do we have time? Do we? Just one more? Absolutely!!
Off to get in line! The concert was all setup in the big dirt arena where the rodeo is.
Good thing we aren't wearing $300 cowboy boots we bought just for the event!
We squeezed our way in as close as we dared! This concert set a new attendance record for Cheyenne Frontier Days, 25,000 tickets sold!! Holy smokes. Previous record was held by George Straight! The news reported it was also the largest concert crowd for the entire state of Wyoming. Needless to say we were packed in like sardines! Secured a great spot for Jake Owen, but we knew our bladders wouldn't hold out for Jason Aldean...
I didn't hear a single complaint from anyone about the mud! This was several inches deep in places!
Jake Owen was totally awesome! I've got some video, but you had to be there...
Glad to see him playing guitar, no one knew if he'd be able to after a go cart accident busted up his hand pretty good.
With bladders about to explode we had to give up our spots in the sardine can! Thankfully they had some big screens set up everyone could still see the action. Just wish there were more speakers, we could barely hear Jason Aldean sing. :(
Still had a great time! Can't believe we wont the tickets, what a treat. Back to the bikes in the dark to change and head home. We were both happy for dry riding boots!
We didn't have much time to really explore the grounds, I imagine we will be back next year! No more concerts though, not unless we win free tickets (or the lottery...).
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