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Tales from Two Generations of Miss Frontier

What’s it like to be Miss Frontier? Find out as host Mariah Johnson, Indian Committee Chairman, welcomes Jordan Johnson, Miss Frontier 2023, and Rachelle Hayes Zimmerman, Miss Frontier 1993, to share the highlights from their individual reigns… including advice for those Miss Frontier hopefuls listening today! 

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Tales from Two Generations of Miss Frontier

In 1931, Jean Nimmo Dubois became the first Miss Frontier—making Cheyenne Frontier Days history, and paving the way for a legacy nine decades strong… and still counting.

Whether making her grand entrance during the rodeo, greeting the cheering crowd during a parade, or talking with fans at events around the nation, Miss Frontier is an icon of the Western way of life, and those who have held the title carry that honor with them for decades.

Today, Mariah Johnson, Indian Committee Chairman, welcomes two women who not only earned the title of Miss Frontier, but also made it a family tradition: Mother-daughter duo Jordan Johnson, Miss Frontier 2023, and Rachelle Hayes Zimmerman, Miss Frontier 1993.

Listen in to hear:

  • How the role of Miss Frontier—and the process of earning the title—has evolved through the years

  • The story behind the red buckskins you’ll see Miss Frontier wearing today

  • What it’s like to be Miss Frontier, and what inspired Rachelle and Jordan to each pursue the title

  • Rachelle and Jordan’s favorite memories from their individual reigns

  • Advice for the next generation of Miss Frontiers

For more on the history of Miss Frontier, tune in to “Eras of Western Women: 1930-1960.”

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Haylie Turley Named 2024 Lady-In-Waiting

Haylie Turley has been named Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) Lady-In-Waiting 2024 after a selection process including submitting a written application, an accomplishment book, a horsemanship skills demonstration, and an interview.

Haylie is the daughter of Sherry and George Anadiotis and Scott and Crystal Turley. She is a 2022 graduate of Cheyenne East High School. Haylie dedicated her high school years to 4H cattle showing and FFA leadership and showmanship. Currently, she is attending Laramie County Community College, where she is pursuing a degree in nursing with a goal of transferring to the University of Wyoming to obtain her BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) and eventually a doctorate in nursing practice, which will allow her to further serve Wyoming.

It has been Haylie’s lifelong dream to be a part of Cheyenne Frontier Days. She has looked up to the men and women dedicated to the western lifestyle. When she started riding, she realized this was her chance to be the next generation to live and breathe the brand. Haylie was a CFD Dandy and drill leader for four years. She also continued her volunteerism on the Parades Committee for a year as a Mounted Marshall assisting in the safety of spectators and participants on parade days.

“It is with the utmost pride and honor that I have been selected as the 2024 Miss Lady-In-Waiting! Representing Cheyenne Frontier Days is a timeless tradition that I am more than grateful to be a part of. I am beyond excited to represent and serve 3,000+ volunteers, the people of Cheyenne and the legacy of rodeo. I hope to always put the interests of the people, contestants, and volunteers first, as they are the heart and foundation of CFD. I promise as Miss Lady-In-Waiting to do my best in educating and promoting this beautiful way of life,” Haylie said.

Haylie Turley will work with Miss Frontier, Caitlin Garcia in 2024 to represent Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Upcoming: Lady-in-Waiting Tryouts

Cheyenne Frontier Days is currently accepting applications for the 2024 Lady-In-Waiting. Applicants must be a resident of Laramie County, and a high school graduate at the time of application. Applications are available at Cheyenne Frontier Days Headquarters, 1230 W 8th Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82001. Completed applications are due at Cheyenne Frontier Days Headquarters on Friday, August 25 by 4 p.m.

The Lady-In-Waiting will be under the direction of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Indians Committee. Miss Frontier will assist the Lady-In-Waiting in learning her role as spokesperson for Cheyenne Frontier Days.

In addition to submitting a written application, candidates will need to demonstrate horsemanship skills on Sunday, August 27 and participate in a personal interview on Monday, August 28.

2023 Application

2023 Schedule of Events

Jordan Johnson named 2022 Lady-In-Waiting

Lady-In-Waiting Application Deadline

Cheyenne Frontier Days is currently accepting applications for the 2021 Lady-In-Waiting. Applicants must be a resident of Laramie County, and a high school graduate at the time of application. Completed applications are due at Cheyenne Frontier Days Headquarters on Friday, August 20 by 4 p.m.

The Lady-In-Waiting will be under the direction of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Indians Committee. Miss Frontier will assist the Lady-In-Waiting in learning her role as spokesperson for Cheyenne Frontier Days.

In addition to submitting a written application, candidates will need to demonstrate horsemanship skills on Sunday, August 29 and participate in a personal interview on Monday, August 30.

Lady-in-Waiting Application

Lady-in-Waiting Schedule of Events

Miss Frontier and Lady-In-Waiting to Continue Roles for 125th Cheyenne Frontier Days™

The Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) General Committee announced that Miss Frontier, Bailey Bishop, and her Lady-in-Waiting, Savannah Messenger will continue their roles into 2021 for the 125th celebration. The annual event, known as the “Daddy of ‘em All®,” will not take place in 2020.

“While I am saddened that we will not be having Cheyenne Frontier Days this year, I understand the importance of keeping our community safe and healthy. I am honored the General Committee is allowing me the opportunity, and think highly enough of me to continue through next year as Miss Frontier 2021 for the 125th celebration,” Bishop said.

Bailey, the daughter of Todd and Jan Bishop, is a 2016 graduate of Burns High School. Bishop spent two years at Laramie County Community College. Currently, she is enrolled at the University of Wyoming. Bailey has been involved with CFD most of her life. She has participated in the Grand Parades, competed in junior barrels, and was a Dandy throughout high school.

“I’m confident in the opportunity to represent the Daddy of ‘em All for an additional year with my Miss Frontier and best friend, Bailey Bishop, by my side once again,” Messenger said. “I had the best year building up to the 124th celebration, and I look forward to another successful year getting ready for the unforgettable 125th. The community of Cheyenne is like no other – strong and courageous. We all ride for the brand because that’s the cowboy way. I’m excited to keep doing what we love.”

Savannah is the daughter of Kirk Messenger, Raedene Messenger and the late Mark Messenger. She is a 2016 graduate of Cheyenne Central High School. Currently, Savannah is a dental assistant at Grand Avenue Dental Center, and she is pursuing a degree in Communications at Laramie County Community College. Messenger has participated in the Grand Parades, and she was a Dandy in high school. She volunteers as an outrider on the Parades Committee, and also volunteers on the Public Relations Committee as a coordinator for the visiting state royalty.

Miss Frontier and her Lady-in-Waiting will work together in 2021 to represent Cheyenne Frontier Days in both the United States and Canada.

Cheyenne Frontier Days™ General Committee Names 
Savannah Messenger 2020 Lady-In-Waiting

Savannah Messenger has been named Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) Lady-In-Waiting 2020 after a selection process including submitting a written application, an accomplishment book, a horsemanship skills demonstration and an interview.

Savannah is the daughter of Kirk Messenger, Raedene Messenger and the late Mark Messenger. She is a 2016 graduate of Cheyenne Central High School. Currently, Savannah is a dental assistant at Grand Avenue Dental Center, and she is perusing a degree in communications at Laramie County Community College.

Messenger has participated in grand parades, and she was a CFD Dandy in high school. She volunteers as an outrider on the Parades Committee, and she also volunteers on Public Relations Committee as a coordinator for the visiting state royalty.

“My heart is so full as I prepare to take on the responsibilities and goals of promoting and representing the World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo and Western Celebration. I feel very privileged to be the 124th Lady-in-Waiting for the Daddy of ‘em All. Thank you to the CFD General Committee, I am truly honored to ride for the brand,” Messenger said.

Savannah will work with Miss Frontier, Bailey Bishop in 2020 to represent Cheyenne Frontier Days™ in both the United States and Canada.

Cheyenne Frontier Days™ General Committee Names Bailey Bishop 2019 Lady-In-Waiting

Bailey Bishop

Bailey Bishop has been named 2019 Lady-In-Waiting after a selection process including submitting a written application, an accomplishment book, a horsemanship skills demonstration and an interview.

Bailey, the daughter of Todd and Jan Bishop, is a 2016 graduate of Burns High School. Bishop spent two years at Laramie County Community College. Currently, she is enrolled at the University of Wyoming going into her junior year majoring in Physiology. Bailey has been involved with Cheyenne Frontier Days™ most of her life. She has participated in the Grand Parades, competed in junior barrels, and was a Dandy throughout high school.

“I love the sport of rodeo and the Western way of life. Truly, I feel honored to have the privilege to be a part of the deep traditions of the greatest rodeo and Western celebration in the world.” Bishop said.

Bailey will work with Miss Frontier, Halley Jankovsky in 2019 to represent Cheyenne Frontier Days™ in both the United States and Canada.