“It’s the Cheyenne thing to do…”
That’s how Bill Dubois, a 2004 inductee in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame, replied when asked why he had been volunteering for more than four decades in a variety of capacities at the “Daddy of ’em All.” “It’s the Cheyenne thing to do” for tens of hundreds of volunteers who provide the people power to produce what arguably is the largest outdoor western celebration in the world. Today, more than 2,500 volunteers work around the calendar to produce an event that includes parades, pancake breakfasts, world-class concerts, chili and chuckwagon cookoffs, carnival, exhibits, Indian Village, military open houses and performances by the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, and of course the event that started it all-nine Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeos. Tasks range from sorting stock; caring for the world’s largest horse-drawn carriage collection and a remarkable period clothing collection; mucking horse stalls; directing traffic in all types of weather; manning gates; the care and feeding of a large media contingent; serving as hosts to the tens of thousands of spectators who enjoy the variety of events; the care and maintenance of a 100-acre park with barns, grandstands, exhibit halls, food facilities and arenas and thousands of other grizzly little details that must be accomplished for the event to succeed. Cheyenne Frontier Days is a small community in and of itself for the better part of the month of July, and, complimented by a full-time staff of 15, the “community” works because of the volunteers who won’t let it be anything but the best.
CFD Volunteer Discount Program
The RRR Committee has been working hard to revive the CFD Volunteer Discount Program. View the new list of Participating Merchants!
CFD Volunteer Handbook
The 2015 Volunteer Handbook is designed to inform volunteers about Cheyenne Frontier Days™. No volunteer handbook can anticipate every circumstance or question and after reading the handbook please feel free to discuss any questions you might have with your particular lead and/or chairman.
The Hooey: CFD Volunteer Newsletter
Board of Directors
Vice Chairman Lynne Boomgarden
Secretary/Treasurer John Contos
Member Gunnar Anderson
Member Bill Cole
Member Tom Glause
Member Rod Hottle
Member Dan Johnson
Member Renée Middleton
Member Larry Sutherland
Member Jeff Wallace
General Committee Bill Berg
CEO Tom Hirsig
Rylee Cay Anderson is the daughter of Robb Anderson and Elaine Anderson. She is a fourth generation Wyoming native and was born and raised in Laramie County. Growing up, Rylee was actively involved in Cheyenne Frontier Days. She participated in several parades representing various groups, was an outrider for carriages, a contestant in the costume contest until 2006, and competed in the Jr. Barrels racing competition. Rylee served as a four-year Dandy team member, and she recently helped the group with sponsor flags during the 2015 Cheyenne Frontier Days.
“Actively participating in CFD for so long has given me a true appreciation for all of the volunteers who make this great celebration happen each year. Excited does not even begin to describe how I feel about representing our great rodeo!”
Rylee is a 2014 graduate of Burns High School where she was a member of the four-time state champion cross country team, basketball and track teams. She also participated in FFA, FBLA and National Honor Society. Rylee competed in rodeo through several organizations including the Wyoming High School Rodeo Association. In her spare time, she is involved in community activities and has raised money for charities such as the Relay for Life and March of Dimes.
She currently attends Laramie County Community College where she has participated on the livestock judging and showing team. She plans to graduate in May 2016 with her Associate’s Degree in General Agriculture and will further her education at the University of Wyoming. Her career plan is to become an agriculture teacher at the high school level.
“I have chosen a career in which I will be an advocate and educator for something I truly believe in, the sport of rodeo and preserving the western lifestyle. Being a goodwill ambassador for Cheyenne Frontier Days will allow me to do just that at a higher level. I have long dreamt about this opportunity; and to become one of the women who were my idea of a perfect role model growing up is a dream come true!”
Emily Breeden is the daughter of Kyle and Tip Breeden. She is a proud sixth generation rancher in Laramie County with her younger brother Royce.
Emily has been involved with Cheyenne Frontier Days™ since she was 7 years old; competing in the junior barrels and has been hooked ever since. She served the Dandies team throughout high school and most recently has been the Dandies assistant director for the past two years.
“I learned so much from being a Dandy and serving as a goodwill ambassador for Frontier Days, and now being able to serve as Lady-In-Waiting is truly a dream come true.”
Emily is a 2014 graduate of Cheyenne East High School where she was involved in Future Farmers of America (FFA) and soccer. During soccer she was a two-time state champion, and she received All State defender her junior and senior year. She was also an active member of 4-H and competed in the County and State fair. She has also competed in many rodeos in the barrels, poles, goat tying breakaway, and team roping events.
She currently is attending Laramie County Community College (LCCC) and plans to graduate May 2017 with her associate’s degree in Education. She then plans to further her education at the University of Wyoming (UW) and receive her master’s degree in Special Education.
“I love being an advocate for others, and I feel absolutely blessed to serve as Lady-In-Waiting for the 121st Daddy of ‘em All®; and to be able to promote Cheyenne Frontier Days™ and the Western way of life. It is something I take a lot of pride in, and I can’t wait to share that love with everyone I meet this year!”
The Dandies of the “Daddy of ’em All” serve as good will ambassadors for the world’s largest outdoor rodeo celebration. They represent Cheyenne Frontier Days at rodeos, fairs and other celebrations throughout the Rocky Mountain Region visiting a total of nine states. During the ten days of Frontier Days they will attend the Coronation Ball, the Western Art Show and Sale, the Pancake Breakfasts, and the USAF Thunderbird Aerial Demonstration. In addition, they participate in each of the four downtown parades, nine rodeo performances and eight night shows. Michelle Hess joined the team as our new director in 2014, and will devote hundreds of hours developing routines, selecting clothing, supervising practices, making travel arrangements and just being there for the girls. Clothing sponsors for the Dandies include Wrangler Shirts and jeans, Justin Boots, and Bailey Hats.
The 2017 Dandies:
Director Michelle Hess, Sarah Batson, Sara Brennecke, Lexi Childress, Mackenzie Faircloth, Hayden Franek, Caitlin Garcia, Kylee Hayes, Jazlyn Underhill, Yves-Marie Hess, Jordan Johnson, Amelia Lohrenz, Conner Mordahl, Taylor Stults, Jenna Tast, Tyler Trissel, and Taylor Wilson
The HEELS of Cheyenne Frontier Days
On March 29, 1936, the first adopted by-laws of the Heels of Cheyenne Frontier Days were drawn up by then Leather Heel, Ed Storey, whose hand wrote the original by-laws on a sheet of 1930 Cheyenne Frontier Days letterhead. Although they have been revised and updated through the years, the by-laws still serve as the index as to how the organization will function. The HEELS by-laws call for a governing committee of three officers, Leather Heel (President), Rubber Heel (Vice-President) and Run-Down Heel (Secretary/Treasurer). The by-laws also establish the number and term of active HEELS, specify the term of officers, requirements and status of membership, when general membership meetings will be held, eligibility for election into the organization and a process for amending the by-laws. With the escalating popularity of rodeo, western celebrations and the increased level of activity on every committee within Cheyenne Frontier Days, the HEELS’ responsibilities continued to grow. For more information, visit www.heelsofcfd.org.