One of Cody’s newest residents introduced himself to the community on Sunday with a “Sunday Service” attended by thousands.
Kanye West, who reportedly purchased the Monster Lake Ranch just south of Cody earlier this month, staged his “Sunday Service” at the Powwow Garden at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
For the service, West flew 80 gospel singers to Cody, where they sang Christian praise songs and gospel hymns.
West has held his the “Sunday Service” events around the country, but they are generally not open to the public.
However, the public could attend Sunday’s event. It was announced Friday on social media and people began lining up for the service on Saturday night.
Brian Kekauoha and two of his fellow students from Brigham Young University drove for eight hours from Provo, Utah, for the event, arriving in Cody at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
Hannah Brooks of Thermopolis did not have to travel as far, but made sure she was up early for the service in any case.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I saw it on the Internet (Saturday) night and I’m like ‘I’m going to bed early so I can get up early and drive to Cody.’”
The size of Sunday’s crowd for the event was estimated at 3,500.