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WFD Staff
Some of Willits Frontier Days' staff and volunteers

President's Message:


Welcome to the 91st Annual Willits Frontier Days! I would like to welcome each and every one of you to this year’s Fourth of July events.

These great events would not happen year after year without the volunteers and the generosity of our community. Hope your visit is not only entertaining, but memorable. Can’t wait to see you at all the events.

I personally would like to thank my family, Marcy and Danielle Barry, for hanging in there with me – you guys are my rock. Thank you again for all the continued support.

Fred Barry, President

2017 Grand Marshal & Heritage Award Winners

2017 Grand Marshal: Howard Foundation

Grand Marshal

The Frank R Howard Foundation is honored to be chosen as this year’s grand marshal for the 91st Willits Frontier Days celebration. The Foundation’s roots extend to the very first event held in July 1927, which included the christening of our new hospital made possible by the vision of Dr. Raymond Babcock and the generosity of Charles S. Howard in memory of his son, Frankie. We at the Foundation are proud to be part of this year’s celebration and hope you can join us!

2017 Heritage Award Winner: Bev Henderson

Heritage Award

Bev Henderson was selected as the 2017 recipient of the Willits Frontier Days Heritage Award for her years of service to the organization, helping in many ways and with many events. “I started by helping out with the gymkhanas and horse shows in the eighties, then helped with timing, set up and etcetera for the Junior Rodeos,” said Henderson. “When the office burned down, I started going down to the grounds and working on the gardens, cooking for the work crews, cleaning, whatever I could do. That same year, I started helping with the line-up team, readying entries for the parade.” Over the years Henderson noted that she’s also handed out trophies and ribbons and worked the back gate and sign-in tables. She served on the scholarship committee and held positions as a board member for the organization, as well as being second Vice President under Richard White and Kent Stanley during their years as President. Congratulations to Bev, and Willits Frontier Days thanks her for her service and support over the years.

2017 Top Hand Award Winner: June Sizemore

Top Hand

June Sizemore is the recipient of Willits Frontier Days’ 2017 Top Hand award. Tirelessly working in the cook shack to help feed the hundreds of people who attend each year’s Sweetheart Dinner is just one of the many tasks June takes on each year. June serves as the dinner committee’s chair and has also served as treasurer of the club for over a decade. Willits Frontier Days is proud to honor this dedicated, capable, dependable and hard-working member of our crew who helps make each year a great success. Thank you, June, from the bottom of our hearts!

Past Presidents:

Marcy Barry, Chris White, Dale Briggs, Kent Standley, Kathy Goss, Richard White, Jim Jennings, Jack Tharp, Ralph Baker Dennis Rohrs, Logan Anker, Rick Crowder, Harold Jorgenson, Chuck Persico, Dr. Raymond Babcock, Lee Persico, Louis Zanella, Galen Hathaway, Merrill Williams, Kenneth Jamieson, Gus Goren, Mel Clatty, Frank Whitney, and Faris Whitney.

Contact Willits Frontier Days: P.O. Box 800 in Willits, CA 95490 | 707-459-6330 |






2017 Executive Group

Executive Board: Secretary Tracy Legris, Vice President Marcy Barry, Treasurer June Sizemore and President Fred Barry. Not pictured: 2nd Vice Tylor Yadon

2017 Board of Directors

Board of Directors: Bruce Cartwright, John Thomen, Jeff Cook, Willy England, Bill Rutler, Karen Cavanaugh, Mattie Pinon, Dan Pinon, Kelly Figg-Hoblyn, Alexis England, Cathy Moorhead and Lee Persico. Not pictured: Kera Colvard.