CHEYENNE FRONTIER DAYS DAYS™ BEGAN CELEBRATING THE GREAT AMERICAN COWBOY IN 1897.
Just over a century later, CFD organizers decided it was about time they ensured their event’s rich history
would always have a group of dedicated storytellers to keep it alive. That’s where we come in.
We are the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Foundation: Proud storytellers of Cheyenne Frontier Days, and dedicated keepers of its Western Heritage.
We envision a future where the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Event is the preeminent Western Celebration, sought by guests world-wide for its Western traditions and values,
educational opportunities, and high-quality entertainment utilizing the discipline
of an on-going list of projects to match to current and potential donors.
Knowing this story will forever grow and change, our work as a Foundation is never done.
With each project we complete and story we preserve, we’re building up the necessary assets to support and provide stability for Cheyenne Frontier Days™ activities—and ensure this beloved show continues to go on.
IN SHARING THE STORIES OF THE AMERICAN WEST,
WE PRESERVE THE HUMBLE LEGACY OF THE WESTERN WAY OF LIFE.
Your gift, large or small, supports our ability to preserve even more.
The Cheyenne Frontier Days™ Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) public charity. Any donation you make is tax deductible up to the limits of the law. We are happy to assist you or your advisors with structuring a donation for your maximum tax and financial advantage.
The Foundation is able to receive cash, real estate, and other properties.
Please contact Renée Middleton, CFD Foundation Executive Director, for more info.
We provide an economic platform to facilitate growth for today and for the future of the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ event, Western Heritage, and Western values
We advocate for the educational needs across all aspects of Cheyenne Frontier Days™ ensuring its sustainability
We support philanthropic activities of the event
We are powerful collaborators in connecting CFD events and the people who care for them, stimulating interest in the enduring legacy of the American West
We’re proud of the many ways Cheyenne Frontier Days supports and gives back to our community, event attendees, and volunteers.
Join us in supporting these important ongoing projects below!
Keep Cheyenne Frontier Days™ timeless and timely
Incorporate technology that keeps the history and legends of the Old West alive Celebrate cowboy ethics and embrace the cowboy mystique
Create partnerships and collaborations within our community
Recognize volunteers as the heart and soul of Cheyenne Frontier Days™
Wyoming musician and world-champion bareback rider Chris LeDoux was a veteran of the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ rodeo arena by day, and our main stage at night. His statue depicts his two great loves—rodeo and music—and pays tribute to the career he built around celebrating the Western way of life.
Each historic carriage, wagon, or vehicle in the Cheyenne Frontier Days™ collection has been painstakingly restored by our legendary team of Wagon Doctors. Barn 15 underwent a renovation and became the Marietta Dinneen Carriage Barn in honor of a longtime CFD volunteer and founding member of the Old West Museum Board of Directors. Over 160 historic vehicles and their stories about transportation in the Old West are protected.
In rodeo, the pick-up man is a lifesaver in the arena. Every cowboy knows the pick-up man is out there to give a hand, and they don’t hesitate to reach out for his help. Teaming up with Garth Brooks in 2022, the “Pick Up Man” campaign encourages folks to be “pick-up men” or reach out to a pick-up man if they are contemplating suicide. Become a “Pick Up Man” by purchasing hat feather or necklace, or tuck a yellow feather for suicide awareness into your band.
In the past 40 years, the W-Heels have moved their costume collection over seven times to include the basement of a dry-cleaning business and an abandoned gas station. With a generous gift from Louise and Frank Cole, both associated with the CFD Parades for much of their lives, the historic costumes now have a temperature-controlled area complete with dressing rooms, a workspace to maintain the costumes, and an office space to facilitate the checking in and out of costumes for use in the Grand Parades.