July 21-30, 2023


The Foundation

So Many Stories to Tell

We started this event in 1897 – celebrating the American cowboy. Even then, the roping and the riding, the singing and the celebrating had become a trademark of the West. Community leaders planted the seeds of what would become an entertainment extravaganza for the next 125 years… and counting.

We created the Cheyenne Frontier Days Foundation to help tell our story, which is the story of our western heritage. Cowboys are heroes here. The western way of life is cause for celebration and for preservation. We are the keepers of western heritage.

Our “show” tells the story of the American West – yesterday, today and tomorrow. We all know the story grows and changes and long-term growth involves building up assets to provide for the financial stability of the Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration.

Help us tell our story – be a keeper of the western heritage. Your gift, large or small, supports the educational telling of more of our stories. The Foundation can assist you or your advisors with structuring a donation for your maximum tax and financial advantage. For more information, please contact Renée Middleton, Foundation Executive Director, at foundation@cfdrodeo.com

CFD Foundation

The Cheyenne Frontier Days Foundation, Inc. was established in 2015 to support the charitable and educational aspects of Cheyenne Frontier Days. The Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) public charity, so any donation you make is tax deductible up to the limits of the law.

The Foundation is able to receive cash, real estate and other properties. The goal is to support and provide stability for Cheyenne Frontier Days activities.


CFD Memorial Scholarship Foundation

The Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Memorial Scholarship Foundation is a charitable foundation under chapter 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Its purpose is to provide scholarships for Cheyenne Frontier Days™ volunteers and their dependents.


CFD Old West Museum

The Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Old West Museum is dedicated to educating the community about the culture of the “Daddy of ‘em All®” from the event’s earliest inspiration to its present celebration.


CFD Volunteer Crisis Fund

The Volunteer Crisis Fund (VCF) 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 available include funds to help volunteers cope with bills during serious illness or accident, death of a volunteer or member of the volunteer’s family, or other emergency situations.  Your generous donations to date have enabled the VCF to support volunteers and their family with over $390,000 of assistance over the last 12 years.



Cheyenne Frontier Days™ maintains a world-class carriage collection that celebrates the spirit and history of the West. These rolling pieces of our past are displayed year-round in the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Old West Museum, until they are taken out and used in each of the four Grand Parades in July.

Each carriage, wagon or vehicle has been painstakingly restored, sometimes only from pieces or an existing frame.

These artifacts will now be stored permanently in the refurbished Barn 15, which will provide a protected environment so that this collection can be enjoyed by future generations seeking to learn more about transportation in the old West.


Own a Piece of History

We invite you to own a piece of Cheyenne Frontier Days™ history with a numbered, limited edition Chris LeDoux Bronze statue.

In 2021 a Chris LeDoux bronze statue will be added to the sculpture collection on Frontier Park. This sculpture is by artist, D. Michael Thomas from Buffalo, Wyo., and memorializes the tie of Chris LeDoux to the rodeo and music worlds and his place in Cheyenne Frontier Days™ history.

A World Champion bareback rider in 1976, this accomplished Wyoming musician blended his love of rodeo and writing into a music career that celebrated the Western way of life. A veteran of both the rodeo arena by day and the main stage at night, Chris LeDoux was a beloved part of our celebration.