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 year round to produce an event that includes parades, pancake breakfasts, world-class concerts, 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.
The volunteer handbook is designed to inform volunteers about Cheyenne Frontier Days™. No volunteer handbook can anticipate every circumstance/question. After reading the handbook please feel free to discuss any questions you might have with your lead and/or chairman.
The RRR Committee has been working hard to revive the CFD Volunteer Discount Program.
The CFD Volunteer Fund, a tax exempt public charity under IRS code 501(c)(3), was established in 2007 for the purpose of providing emergency monetary assistance to the Cheyenne Frontier Days family when they are faced with a tragic or catastrophic loss. Types of assistance that are available include funds to help CFD volunteers cope with bills during serious illness or accident, loss of ones residence due to fire or other natural disaster, death of a volunteer or a member of a volunteer’s family or other emergency situations.
The Cheyenne Frontier Days Memorial Foundation was incorporated in October of 1984. The Foundation applied for recognition of exemption under IRC Section 501(c)(3) and was granted exemption through and advanced ruling on July 19, 1986. The Foundation was established to solicit donations from the community to provide scholarships to high school graduating seniors of Laramie County planning to enroll at either the University of Wyoming or Laramie County Community College. The mission was later expanded to provide scholarships to Cheyenne Frontier Days volunteers and their immediate dependents to any college of their choosing.
Today, the Board of Directors continues to carry out the mission of providing an educational benefit to volunteers and their immediate dependents. It is a great benefit to the volunteers and promotes the value of advanced education. The foundation has granted over $1.1 million dollars since inception. Additional information and application information can be found on our website and by email at [email protected]
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.
I’ve volunteered since I was really little at Chute 9. Frontier Days is my favorite time of the year. I tell everyone it’s my favorite holiday. This is my first year with the Rodeo Committee. I have enjoyed my assignments like helping with slack and working the rodeos. Karly T., Frontier Nights Fan and Long-Time CFD Volunteer