“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 cook-offs, 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.
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/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: Volunteer Newsletter