Frontier Days Cattle Drive dedicated in memory of Charles “Buddy” Hirsig

A wagon at CFD during the Cattle Drive
A wagon at CFD during the Cattle Drive(KGWN)
Published: Jul. 18, 2021 at 4:13 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - CFD’s Cattle Drive took place early Sunday morning, with locals gathering to watch the event unfold. The cattle headcount was reduced by half, and the western celebration is making it’s return after COVID-19 forced a hiatus last year. For some, this this year’s event won’t be defined by COVID-19 or the extra year of waiting, but for the memory of Buddy Hirsig.

“It’s so special for my family,” said Jordan Hirsig, the granddaughter of Buddy. “I mean, we’ve been involved in Frontier Days since the beginning. My grandpa led the cattle drive for 37 years and it’s just so special to have all of our family and friends here to support us.”

Buddy became the Arena director in 1958, joined the HEELS organization in that same year, and volunteered for the Rodeo (formerly Contestants) Committee for 60 years. Buddy has been involved with CFD for a very long time, but the Hirsig family name can be found at the routes of the event. Since Frontier Day’ inception, there has been at least one Hirsig in attendance for every rodeo. Now, his name has been etched into the event.

“The Hirsig family has been involved with CFD since the beginning. We are proud to honor Buddy’s memory and involvement in this even that is near and dear to all of our hearts,” said General Chairman Jimmy Dean Siler.

While Buddy can’t be there physically, he will be in the hearts and minds of many in attendance.

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