Cheyenne Frontier Days Should Have a ‘Running of the Bulls’ [Commentary]
Every year since 1910, thousands of thrill seekers from all over the world travel to Pamplona, Spain for the annual Running of the Bulls. Wouldn't it be awesome if a similar event could be staged at Cheyenne Frontier Days?
I can picture it now. After the Rodeo finals, the best bulls would be released from their pens and allowed to run free in the midway. It would be a great way to add some extra excitement on that last Sunday of CFD.
Of course, there would be rules. In Pamplona, participants must be over 18, sober, and sign a liability release consent. They are also admonished to run in the same direction and to avoid antogonizing or taunting the animals.
Sure it sounds dangerous, but consider, there are seven runs each year during the annual festival in Spain. Since the event was founded over a century ago, there have only been 15 deaths. Statistically speaking, a foot-long corndog is probably more hazardous to your health than running with bulls.
And the economic impact could be enormous. Let's face it, a two-week celebration of western culture might not draw huge crowds in 20 or 30 years. Adding a new event would help bring more national exposure and breathe new life into "The Daddy of 'Em All".
And here's a suggestion from our Facebook friend Dia Uresk. Instead of risking the lives of innocent people, why not take some violent offenders from the Wyoming State Penitentiary and have them run with the bulls?
Nicely played, Dia.