Posted at 4 p.m. Feb. 6, 2017
Lisa Murphy named chairwoman of CFD
board of directors
“I think the most important thing is that we make sure that 10,20, 20 or 40 years from now CFD is strong and moving forward.”
Chairwoman of CFD board of directors
Lisa Murphy, Laramie County Community College’s Director of Alumni Affairs, was named the chairwoman of the Cheyenne Frontier Days board of directors in August. Murphy is the first woman to be selected for this position but she said she is much more proud of her volunteering history with CFD and what she sees for the future of the brand.
Murphy said she has been involved in CFD for as long as she can remember.
“I was involved in junior barrel racing when I was young,” Murphy said. “Then I was a CFD Dandie and I was involved in the Dandies for three years.
At the time CFD had a frontier heritage policy concerning Miss Frontier, meaning the candidate had to be from a Cheyenne family. Because of this she was not able to try out for Miss Frontier but she did land another prestigious rodeo pageant position.
“Because I didn’t have that frontier heritage I couldn’t try out for Miss Frontier so I tried out for Laramie County Fairest of the Fare,” Murphy said. “Then I tried out for Miss Rodeo Wyoming, so I was Miss Rodeo Wyoming in 1988.”
Murphy continued working with CFD as she began her professional career.
“As an adult I’ve been volunteering for CFD,” Murphy said, “I was involved with the Old West Museum with the art show and the with the Public Relations Committee as a volunteer.”
Although Murphy has had a long history with CFD she is excited to see what the future will bring to the brand.
“Our planning committee has been looking at making sure we are viable into the future,” Murphy said, “That is the most exciting thing about being involved with the board of directors.” Murphy also said she is very honored to be a part of the board of directors.
Murphy emphasized the fact that many people still love and romanticize the America cowboy and the American Old West but CFD still wants to keep up with the times and changing tastes of potential tourists. CFD has implemented this strategy with the Master Land Use plan. The plan outlines a number of new additions to Frontier Park, which include but are not limited to a new entry gate and ticket office, a new multi-purpose building with exhibit hall, new box suites, expanded B and C stands and an elevated walkway connecting B and C stand.
CFD is also trying to find uses for the park other than the rodeo and the fair.
“We would love to do more and more events at the park throughout the year,” Murphy said. “So I think Cheyenne Comic Con is a step in the right direction. As we work through our Master Land Use Plan and our Trail Guide to the Future we would like to see the park viable throughout the year and Comic Con is a great start.”
Murphy also expressed her love of being able to give back to the CFD community. CFD has a specific committee to make sure the massive number of volunteers, more than 2,500 each year, are well taken care of.
“My favorite part of being involved with CFD is the involvement in the community,” Murphy said. “CFD has given me and my family so much and it has meant so much to me in my life. When I was a Dandie or when I was riding in the arena I never thought that later in life I would have the opportunity to give back.”
Murphy said she wants to help make sure that CFD continues to be an important part of the Cheyenne community.
Murphy said, “I think the most important thing is that we make sure that 10, 20, 30 or 40 years from now CFD is strong and moving forward.”