Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Welcome Donna Robinson

Day One with Donna Reimel Robinson

In this third book about Fort Lob, Wyoming, the Brandt family attends Cheyenne Frontier Days, a famous rodeo known among cowboys as "The Daddy of 'Em All." The city of Cheyenne, Wyoming sponsors CFD every July. (Our family lives in Denver, and there's always an article or two in the Denver newspaper about CFD since it's such a huge event.) The rodeo includes cowboy contests, barrel racing, and bull riding, among other things. But the rodeo is just one part of CFD. They also have an old western town known as Wild Horse Gulch, an Indian village with Native Americans dressed in full Indian garb, and the Old West Museum. And they sell lots of souvenirs.

One thing I didn't mention in the book - CFD holds a cowboy church service on the two Sunday mornings during the festivities. The Fellowship of Christian Cowboys, located in Canon City, Colorado is in charge. Of course, CFD also includes some rock concerts on a few evenings, so they cater to everyone. But I was impressed that they let the Christian cowboys hold Sunday services, taking an hour from the busy rodeo schedule to honor the Lord.

Have you ever attended a rodeo? Where was it held?


  1. I love the rodeo part in the book. You really get the feeling of being there without ever leaving your chair. It's so sweet to see Cheyenne and Derek's relationship grow while they watch the rodeo too!

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Holly! Thanks for your comment.

  3. I love rodeos. Growing up in Kansas, several of the high schools had rodeo teams. I think the first rodeo I ever attended was as a child at the Tri-County Fair.

  4. My brother and I used to go to the Eugene, Oregon "Emerald Empire Roundup". I no longer live in that area and I don't think that they even have it anymore. That was back in the 1970's, back when Leo & Jerald Camarillo were famous for their team roping. It was always so much fun. I have not been to a rodeo in years.

  5. Joi HiattMay 25, 2011

    So I have been the stock show here in Colorado a few times, and when Adams County Fairgrounds has their state fair, they usually have rodeo too. I enjoy watching the bull ridding and mutten busting but I don't like the ropping, it's just hard to watch. That was a long time ago though, I would try it again now. Donna did you go to alot of rodeos when doing research for your book?

  6. Thanks for your comments, Erica, Debbie, and Joi. Actually, I have never been to a rodeo in my life!! Thank the Lord for the Internet and great photos and info about the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo! I would really like to attend CFD someday, maybe even this summer. For me, the free pancake breakfasts would be worth driving the 2 hours up to Cheyenne, Wyoming from Denver.