CFD Fair Food: Indian Village and More

The Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration is held in Cheyenne, Wyoming for ten days over the last full week in July. (So, it starts on the Friday before that last full week. Next year, by the way, that means that Cheyenne Frontier Days will begin on Friday, July 20, 2018 and end on Sunday July 29, 2018.)

Inside the Midway, or Carnival Midway, there are a few dozen delicious food kiosks. The cheapest thing you can get is a bottle of water for $4. The cheapest food is $5. So prices can add up. The food is delicious and everyone should have some fair food while they’re at a fair, but while I was tempted by all the aromas, not to mention all the sights of people carrying around funnel cakes, and barbecue chicken sandwiches, and turkey legs, I resisted – every day except one.

The Indian Village

Entrance to the CFD Midway costs $3.00. However, entrance to the Indian Village and Old Frontier Town are free. As you walk beneath the sign saying Frontier Park (on the corner of Carey and 8th Avenue) you’ll head west toward the grandstands.

The first entrance you come to is the Indian Village, a fenced in area. After that is the Western Experience where a Chuckwagon Cookoff was held and there were a variety of mechanical creatures that kids could ride. Past that was Old Frontier Town, then came Portal 1 for everyone going to the Rodeo who didn’t want to pay the $3 to enter the Midway and ride the carnival rides, and then the parking lot and the entrances to the Midway.

So, I went to the Indian Village which on a daily basis had a story teller, a musician, a hoop dancer, and a dance and drum troop give performances.

Entrance to the Indian Village, with times listed for each performance of the day

Entrance to the Indian Village, with times listed for each performance of the day

While watching renowned woman hoop dancer, Crow Creek Dakota Sioux Jasmine Pickner-Bell (only one of four women hoop dancers – the hoop dance is traditionally a male dance), a Crow Creek Dakota Sioux – I would have an Indian taco.

The Indian village performance arena was surrounded by pop-up shops featuring Native American jewelry and art…and food – not all of it Native American!

Turkey legs, hot dogs, sausage

Turkey legs, hot dogs, sausage

Indian Tacos booth. Food made and served by fair workers, not Native Americans

Indian Tacos booth. Food made and served by fair workers, not Native Americans

It was $10 for an Indian taco – ground beef, beans, lettuce, tomatoes and black olives. I of course had them leave off the tomatoes. Sour cream was available upon request.

Indian taco - meat and beans buried under lettuce, cheese and black olives

Indian taco – meat and beans buried under lettuce, cheese and black olives

I loved the fry bread – tasted better than a chimichanga fried tortilla. There was so much beef and beans, lettuce and cheese that I had to eat about half of it before I could roll up the fry bread like a tortilla and finish it off.

Quite delicious.

Fair Food

A restaurant has a year to make its profit, a fair has only a week to ten days. The people manning (or womaning) the booth have to be paid, and the space for the booth/trolley/car has to be rented. The fair sponsor (in this case Cheyenne Frontier Days) has to take its cut. It’s for these reasons, I assume, that fair food costs so much.

If it’s going to cost that much, the food better be good and of generous portions. And as I wandered around the Midway after my Indian taco, I got good glimpses of much of the food, being carried by people toward tables, or seated at tables chowing down. It all looked and smelled delicious.

Desserts

Desserts: Elephant ears, fried dough, funnel cakes

Fresh pizza by the slice

Fresh pizza by the slice

Funnel cakes are very popular

Funnel cakes are very popular

Garlic Chicken Kabobs

Garlic Chicken Kabobs

Grandma's Skillet

Grandma’s Skillet

Turkey legs

Turkey legs

Whatever your choice of food…though I admit I don’t recall seeing anything specifically for vegans…there was a cart that served it.

For a price!

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