Museum Event Sponsors receive added benefits and VIP status for any of our four main annual events described below: Western Spirit Art Show and Sale, CFD Western Art Show and Sale, CFD Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and the Annual Gala.
Each sponsor levels receives recognition on the Museum’s Wall of Honor and Cheyenne Club Membership.
Over 500 guests attend opening night, the first Saturday of March. The art show features up to 100 artists and displays over 300 works of fine western art including the Vandewark Miniature Show. Opening night festivities include the popular Quick-Draw Auction.
Founded in 1981, the CFD Western Art Show and Sale is the largest single contributor to the Museum, providing over $2.8 million in proceeds during the show’s 38-year history. Opening night attracts over 800 guests, over 10,000 visitors during the 10 days of Cheyenne Frontier Days, and an additional 12,000 during the extended August showing. Marketing efforts reach a total audience of over 300,000. Offering first-class Western art from the top Western artists in the nation, guests are submersed in the Western culture that has shaped our nation.
Over 300 guests attend the induction ceremony, the second Friday in September. The CFD Hall of Fame showcases individuals, livestock and organizations whose distinctive contributions to CFD have helped grow a dream into “The Daddy of ‘em All.”
Along with our Transcontinental Railroad neighbors, the Museum is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the great race to connect the Union Pacific’s Transcontinental Railroad, which met on May 10th in Promontory Summit, Utah. The Union Pacific reached Cheyenne on November 13, 1867, but did not make it to Utah for another six months. Like many communities in our region, Cheyenne owes much of its existence to the Union Pacific. However, we owe even more for their role in the development and continuation of Cheyenne Frontier Days.