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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! 

Episode #4:
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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The Dandies: Then and Now

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be one of the Dandies, or what it takes to earn your spot in their ranks… have we got a treat for you!

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The Dandies: Then and Now

A sisterhood spanning generations, the Cheyenne Frontier Days Dandies have served as goodwill ambassadors of our event since 1970.

In addition to keeping up with the bustling 10-day schedule of Cheyenne Frontier Days—including appearances at the Coronation Ball, pancake breakfasts, grand parades, rodeo performances and night shows—our spirited and sparkling Dandies represent Cheyenne Frontier Days at rodeos, fairs and other celebrations throughout the Rocky Mountain Region year-round.

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be one of these legendary ladies, or what it takes to earn your spot in their ranks… have we got a treat for you!

Today, Dandies alumnus Lisa Murphy (‘84-’86) welcomes fellow alumnus Shirley Holmes Churchill (‘75-’77) and current Dandies Director Halley Redman to share:

  • The origins of the Dandies, and the “tried and true cowgirl” who founded the group

  • What it was like to be one of the very first Dandies

  • What it takes to be able to carry the (surprisingly heavy) sponsor flags you see Dandies ride with in the arena

  • How the Dandies, and even the type of riders they look for, have evolved over the past 55 years

  • The skills Dandies learn that stay with them for a lifetime

  • What Halley looks for when selecting new Dandies

  • Shirley and Lisa’s most cherished memories from their time in the group

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Eras of Western Women 1960-present

What defines a Wyoming cowgirl?

It’s the way she approaches the world with strength, confidence, and resilience.

It’s in her passion for the Western way of life.

It’s a definition as vast and ever-evolving as the West itself—even into the newest generation of Wyoming cowgirls, out blazing their trails as we speak.

The bold, barrier-breaking women you’ve met in our past three “Eras of Western Women” episodes aren’t always the typical “cowgirl” you’d expect… and yet, each represents her own brand of cowgirl authentically, unapologetically, unequivocally.

For generations, Women of the West have been trailblazers, shaping history with each step. Today, that pioneering spirit lives on as countless remarkable women continue to make their mark on the world.

Today, you’ll get to meet even more.

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Eras of Western Women 1960-present

In our fourth and final episode of the “Eras of Western Women” series, honoring the Year of the Cowgirl, Diane Shober (Executive Director of the Wyoming Office of Tourism) and Mike Kassel (Associate Director and Curator of Collections at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum) share stories about:

  • The evolution of the Cheyenne Frontier Days W-Heels group, beginning with Margaret Boyce
  • Wyoming native Ann King, founder of the Old West Museum
  • What makes ProRodeo Hall of Fame barrel racer Kristie Peterson’s induction to the Cheyenne Frontier Days Hall of Fame so unique
  • Country music singer Reba McEntire’s ties to Cheyenne’s Historic Plains Hotel
  • The reintroduction of women into rough stock events at the rodeo
  • United States Senator Cynthia Lummis, our 1976 Miss Frontier and the first woman to serve on
    the Cheyenne Frontier Days Board of Directors
  • Wyoming Supreme Court Justice Lynne Boomgaarden, the first woman to serve on the Cheyenne Frontier Days General Committee
  • Lisa Murphy, the first woman to be elected chairman of the Cheyenne Frontier Days board

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Eras of Western Women 1930-1960

With the rise in popularity of Western films in the late 1920s and early 1930s, our nation was enamored by the romance and intrigue of the American West.

It was no longer enough to simply watch the action on a screen; people wanted to have an authentic, boots-on-the-ground Western experience for themselves.

And where better than Cheyenne Frontier Days?

Between 1930 and 1960, both Cheyenne and Frontier Park played host to a wide array of women breaking barriers left and right—and it’s their stories we celebrate today.

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Eras of Western Women 1930-1960

In our third of four special podcast episodes honoring the Year of the Cowgirl, Diane Shober (Executive Director of the Wyoming Office of Tourism) and Mike Kassel (Associate Director and Curator of Collections at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum) share stories about:

  • Sally Rand, an extremely compelling character in Cheyenne Frontier Days history—and inspiration behind the outfits you’ll see Miss Frontier and her Lady-in-Waiting wearing today
  • Ellen Church, who trained the world’s first airline stewardesses (and pioneered the spirit of hospitality on passenger aircraft) right here in Cheyenne
  • Amelia Earhart’s connection to Wyoming, particularly the Cheyenne airport grounds
  • Jean Nimmo DuBois, the first Miss Frontier

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Eras of Western Women 1895-1930

Welcome to the era of the cowgirl:

A ground-breaking time in Western history that saw women stepping boldly into the world of rodeo… and never looking back.

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Eras of Western Women 1895-1930

In our second of four special podcast episodes honoring the Year of the Cowgirl, Diane Shober (Executive Director of the Wyoming Office of Tourism) and Mike Kassel (Associate Director and Curator of Collections at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum) highlight:

  • Rodeo trail-blazers Frances, Pauline, and Joella Irwin
  • Bertha Kaepernick, the first woman to ride a bucking horse at Cheyenne Frontier Days
  • Prairie Rose Henderson, a champion bronc rider with a mysterious story
  • Mabel Strickland, often remembered as the “quintessential cowgirl of the 1920s”
  • Cheyenne native Helen Bonham, the first ambassador of Cheyenne Frontier Days

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Eras of Western Women 1800-1895

The women whose stories you’re about to hear are more than celebrated names from Wyoming’s history; they’re women whose strength, confidence,
and resilience exemplify the spirit of the Wyoming cowgirl… and whose impact shaped the West as we know it today.

Episode #1:
Eras of Western Women 1800-1895

Kicking off the first of four special podcast episodes honoring the Year of the Cowgirl, Diane Shober (Executive Director of the Wyoming Office of Tourism) and Mike Castle (Associate Director and Curator of Collections at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum) celebrate:

  • Sacajawea, who played a pivotal role in the success of the famed Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • The brave women who left behind everything they knew to forge a path—and a future—in the West
  • Wyoming’s early suffragettes, including Esther Hobart Morris… who has an incredibly unique link to Cheyenne Frontier Days
  • Louisa Swain, the first woman to legally cast a ballot in a general election
  • Therese Jenkins, credited with saving women’s suffrage in Wyoming

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Stories from Frontier Nights with Chancey Williams and Bob Romeo

When you get two veterans of Frontier Nights together, chances are… they’re going to have some pretty great stories to share. 

Today, you’ve got a seat at the table to hear some of the best, straight from Wyoming country music artist Chancey Williams and Bob Romeo of Romeo Entertainment Group—the agency responsible for bringing everyone from Garth Brooks to Post Malone to our legendary Frontier Nights stage. 

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Stories from Frontier Nights with Chancey Williams and Bob Romeo

Listen in as these fine gentlemen reflect on some of their favorite stories from behind the scenes, including:

  • Why Bob credits Randy Travis and Sawyer Brown for getting his foot in the door in Cheyenne

  • How Chris LeDoux checked off his number-one bucket list item at CFD’s 100th Anniversary celebration

  • Where in Frontier Park Chancey credits as the place that gave his band their foundation

  • Stories from behind the scenes with Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, and George Strait

  • Why the Contract Acts office keeps a framed photo of Garth Brooks and Chris LeDoux shaking hands

  • How the South Dakota highway patrol helped bring the Oak Ridge Boys to Frontier Nights

  • Creative ways we’ve worked around Wyoming weather to ensure the show goes on

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Introducing the Official Podcast of Cheyenne Frontier Days!

Stories are the heart of Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD), and sharing them with one another is as rich a tradition as our event itself. 

From nostalgic looks back at where CFD has been, to exciting conversations about where we’re going next,
you’ll hear it all first—right here on the Official Podcast of Cheyenne Frontier Days, recorded live in historic Cheyenne, Wyoming! 

Episode #1:
Cheyenne Frontier Days Nostalgia with Diane Shober and Tom Hirsig

Join Diane Shober, Executive Director of the Wyoming Office of Tourism, and our own Tom Hirsig, Cheyenne Frontier Days President and CEO, as they share:

  • The “fluke” that led to the very first Cheyenne Frontier Days, all the way back in 1897
  • Tom’s earliest CFD memories, including seeing the cast of “Gunsmoke” on stage
  • What makes our volunteers, and the experience of volunteering, something you won’t experience anywhere else
  • Which CFD keepsake “every cowboy knows” and can recognize across the room
  • Why Tom still chokes up when talking about his final competition in our arena
  • Ways you’ll see us stay on the cutting edge in the future, while still keeping our strong Western Heritage at the forefront

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