CFD packs economic punch for Cheyenne

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Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Cheyenne Frontier Days officials estimate that anywhere between 200,000 and 250,000 tourists make their way to Cheyenne every year for CFD.

When they come, they stay in hotels, they eat out, and they buy gas. And with that many people coming to the city, CFD officials say 2013's rodeo brought 25 million dollars to the city over ten days.

"You do the math, that's $2.5 million a day going right back into the local economy," CFD PR Chair Bob Budd said.

"And they don't just go back to businesses like restaurants and hotels. They're definitely the most impacted, but people are spending money all over, there are even a few cars purchased during CFD as well," Budd said.

Even tourists from nearby Colorado and Nebraska find themselves spending money in and outside of the park.

And the money doesn't just go to the downtown businesses or shops close to Frontier Park.

Caroline Pitts owns Down Home Memphis BBQ with her husband Dwayne. They're tented set up is on the corner of Natrona Ave. and E. Lincolnway. Pitts said they've seen a spike in business every year they've been out for CFD. "We've been here three years, and we set up for other holidays but its nothing like CFD," said Pitts. When asked if her distance from the park was a disadvantage, Pitts said no, "We have more parking we're far away from the crowds and I think people like that," Pitts said.

Budd said some businesses even pull in enough revenue to sustain business for the rest of the year.

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