Another Cheyenne Frontier Days is in the books.
The 127th version of the largest outdoor rodeo in the world finished up on Sunday and ticket sales for both the rodeo and the night shows were up significantly from last year.
Officials at Cheyenne Frontier Days on Sunday said rodeo attendance increased by more than 7 1/2 percent from 2022.
Through nine rodeo performances, total attendance reached 116,960 — an increase from 108,662, the year before.
More impressively, the numbers topped 2021 figures — the year after the event was shut down due to COVID — with 111,617 attending.
Night show numbers increased by a whopping 29% from last year with 134,134 people in attendance compared to 103,798 in 2022.
Ticket sales didn’t quite match the monster numbers of 2021 when Garth Brooks kicked off the festivities with a sold-out show and that set the tone for the rest of the event as 155,618 people attended the night performances.
Two rodeos sold out this year, both Saturday performances.
John Contos, CFD General Chairman, on Sunday said he was pleased with the outcome.
“This marks my fourtieth year of being involved with Frontier Days and it is an incredible event," Contos said in a release. "We have amazing volunteers and a very supportive community. CFD has a legendary reputation and we couldn’t do it without everyone involved, from volunteers to sponsors, staff, competitors and performers."
A more comprehensive story will be completed in a future publication.