CHEYENNE — With $11.6 million in revenue in 2011, about 2,500 volunteers and a history dating back to 1897, Cheyenne Frontier Days has probably earned its title as the "daddy of 'em all."
And with revenue outpacing expenses by about $1 million in 2011, it comes as no surprise the rodeo and community event that draws more than 200,000 visitors will be reinvesting about $1 million into capital improvements for 2013. The show plans for 2013 got put in motion in October during a retreat for the Frontier Days committee.
"We discussed and prioritized projects to complete during this fiscal year and we have tentatively scheduled projects three to five years out," said General Chairman Darin Westby. As of press time, no details on the extended projects were provided.
But for this year the plans are looking solid. Projects under way to improve Frontier Park include a new building for the committee on the grounds to replace the only original committee building remaining on Frontier Park; improvements to the contract acts building where entertainers perform during Cheyenne Frontier Days; equipment replacement; and completion of critical and deferred maintenance projects as well as numerous park beautifications projects.
Last year, the committee used profits to add an amphitheater, improve parking area asphalt, upgrade the ticket system and improve landscaping.
"Our goal is to continuously improve and beautify our park infrastructure so that we can continue to deliver a top-notch experience to both our volunteers and consumers during the 'daddy of 'em all,'" Westby said.
In other Frontier Days news, Lady Antebellum has canceled its July 20 concert at Frontier Days because singer Hillary Scott is expecting a baby.
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