“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 Jeff Wallace
Secretary/Treasurer Lisa Murphy
Member Diane Shober
Member Tom Glause
Member Dan Johnson
Member Gunnar Anderson
Member Lynne Boomgaarden
Member Bill Cole
Member Rod Hottle
Member John Contos
General Committee Darin Westby
Jonna Brown, Miss Frontier 2016
Jonna Molloy Brown, daughter of John Brown and Matt and Cat Jankovsky, was raised in Cheyenne. Jonna fell in love with Cheyenne Frontier Days at a very young age when she began her volunteering experience as a Toe. At the age of seven, she started working at Chute 9, the Stripping Chutes, the North End, and the Cowboy Bistro. This is where her love and knowledge for rodeo began. Her passion for CFD grew each year and with a strong passion for riding horses as well, Jonna became a member of the CFD Dandies team for 4 years. Jonna also served as a member of the Contestants Committee for 2 years.
“Being a volunteer for so many years has helped me gain new friendships, skills, and amazing memories,” Jonna said, “I am truly blessed to be apart of the wonderful family of CFD volunteers!”
Jonna comes from a large extended family that has a great passion for Cheyenne Frontier Days. Her mother, Cat, currently serves on the Public Relations Committee, she is a HEEL, and was also a past Volunteer of the Year. Jonna’s Father, John, is currently an Event Sponsor. Jonna’s stepfather, Matt Jankovsky, currently serves on the General Committee as Contestants Chairman. He was also a past Volunteer of the Year and a HEEL. Her twin sister, Graclyn, and her brother, Robert, also volunteered as Toes. Graclyn is currently on the Public Relations Committee. Her sisters, Halley and Hannah, also volunteered as Toes and are members of the CFD Dandies team. Jonna said, “My family is grateful for the inspiration Cheyenne Frontier Days has brought to our lives.”
She graduated from Cheyenne East High School in 2013. Jonna was a member of the girls swim team where she served as team captain her junior and senior year, and lead the team to a state victory. She was also a member of FFA, 4-H, Saddle Tramps, and National Honor Society. She is now a sophomore at the University of Wyoming; and is continuing her degree in nursing, and she hopes to one day become a pediatric nurse.
“It is such an honor to serve as a good will ambassador for Cheyenne Frontier Days. I feel passionate about rodeo and preserving the western way of life. I am enthusiastic and excited, as well as humbled for being chosen to represent our great rodeo and all of our great volunteers. I will Ride for the Brand, and make you all proud. I look forward to meeting each and every one of you. Let’s go, let’s show, let’s rodeo!”
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!”
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 2015 Dandies:
Director Michelle Hess, Director’s Assistant Emily Breeden, Bailey Bishop, Lois Brennecke, Keturah Cowan, Roslan Fichtner, Caitlin Garcia, Britnee Gilmore, Maria Grogan, Lauren Hastings, Jean-Marie Hess, Hannah Jankovsky, Halley Jankovsky, Savannah Messenger, Carissa Pickard, Holly Riesland, Claire Thompson, Tyler Trissel, and Allee Williamson
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.