The Brabazon Family Reunion - 2009
Cheyenne Frontier Days Celebrations

Please contact me if you have any questions or if there is any way
I can be of help.
(Betty Chapman)

bchapman@crb1.k12.wy.us

During the 2007 Family Reunion Cruise, some expressed an interest in coming to Wyoming for a reunion in 2009. The best time for this would be during the Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration toward the end of July, 2009. It is always a lot of fun and there's a variety of things to do. We plan for the reunion to begin the evening of Friday, July 17, continue Saturday and Sunday, and to formally end on Monday, July 20th. However, the Frontier Days celebration continues on through Sunday, July 26th. Of course, you are welcome to stay as long as you wish. Hopefully, those dates will work for the teachers and educators in the family.
Also, because of the popularity nationwide of Cheyenne Frontier Days, reservations need to be made for lodging as far in advance as possible. There are many chain motels if you choose to use one of those. (The surrounding towns are also always booked, so make reservations very early.) There are also campgrounds and RV parks. You can check the Cheyenne Frontier Days web site for information on Accommodations. Also, please be aware that Cheyenne is a relatively small town that has a great influx of people during Cheyenne Frontier Days; so anticipate delays with traffic, eating, and also limited parking.
The web site also gives you ideas of activities available. Reservations for rodeo tickets need to be made early also, in the hope that we can be seated in the same area. Group tickets can be purchased for the rodeo, a savings of $3. Per ticket. I am willing to reserve a group of tickets for the first day of the rodeo, Saturday, July 18th, if those interested will let me know they would like to attend. Final payment needs to be made by June 1, 2009. My choice for seating is across from the bucking chutes and in the shade, as it can get quite warm (or rain). In B section, tickets are normally $22.50 each for July the 18th rodeo. (There is wheel chair access and shade in B Balcony, also.)

The night show performers are not announced until December 2008, so you will have to watch the website if you are interested in attending any of those. As you may have noticed, several events are free:

The pancake breakfast is fun and quite good. It's amazing how fast the line moves. They have feeding thousands of people down to a science. It's located downtown by the depot on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

-The parade is always worthwhile. It's also downtown on Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
-The United States Air Force Thunderbirds put on a good show on Wednesday forenoon. It's at the south side of town by the college campus.
-The Cheyenne Depot and Depot Museum - downtown, interesting. Also contains a beer garden and restaurant. Most everything else is at the fairgrounds daily:
-Wild Horse Gulch is fun. Free to wander through. Several folks are dressed up as famous characters; there are craft people with display booths and items for sale.
-The Indian Village has American Indian costumes, dancing, flute playing and story telling. It is also free to view. They also have craft booths and food for sale.
-Behind the Chutes give you a close up look at the livestock. - Free again
-The exhibit hall has dozens of booths with all kinds of displays on sale.
-The botanical gardens are next to the fair grounds, beautiful and free - all maintained by volunteers
By the way, the entire Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration is worked by volunteers and planned for all year long.)
The Old West Museum is reasonably priced and worthwhile. It also has a gift shop.
The carnival is typical of all carnivals. Good, I guess, as carnivals go, but, you guessed it, not free.
When I know how many to plan for, Sarah and I will arrange a gathering place for the family to get together once or twice. So, heads up make your plans now. Dress is casual. This is only 16 months away! Then, let the celebration begin. We would love to see lots of you enjoy our western hospitality. Please contact me if you have any questions or if there is any way I can be of help.
P.S. For those of you wanting to continue your vacation, you might consider visiting other popular surrounding sights - The Black Hills of South Dakota and Yellowstone National Park.
Tentative Itinerary:
Friday evening, July 17th - 5:30 p.m. - Family gets together, visiting and meal - Evening - Open
Saturday, July 18th - 9:30 a.m. - Parade, downtown - 1:00 p.m. - Rodeo, fairgrounds - Evening - Open
Sunday, July 19th
A.M. - Terry Bison Ranch, 7 miles south of Cheyenne - Photo Safari (motorized Bison tour, wheelchair accessible, Adults $11.00 and Children $6.00 - 2008 price) and Buffalo burger lunch (This is in the planning stages - they also offer horseback rides, old time photo studio, bunkhouse, cabins and RV parking.) Group picture - P.M. -Open

Monday, July 20th - 7-9:00 a.m. Pancake Breakfast - 11:30 a.m. Family gets together, visiting and lunch. Plans for 2011 reunion