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WFD Staff
Some of Willits Frontier Days' staff and volunteers

President's Message:


It is my pleasure, as the Willits Frontier Days President, to welcome you to this year's celebration of the longest continuous rodeo in the state of California. I have been involved with the Willits Frontier Days organization since 1992, when I began serving beverages with Richard Huddle and my dad, Cecil Dalton.

My involvement progressed to many different aspects of the Willits Frontier Days celebrations, from helping Mary Fonsen with the Sweethearts Raffle, to sprucing up the grounds by pulling weeds and planting flowers, to serving as Vice President under Chris White, and now to serving as your President.

Frontier Days is a community organization, requiring hours of work and dedication from all of our wonderful volunteers. Please enjoy the celebrations and, if given the opportunity, please thank the volunteers that keep this event going. I would like to thank all the sponsors and local businesses for their continued support. I would also like to thank my husband, Fred Barry, for all his help.

Marcy Barry, President

2016 Grand Marshal & Heritage Award Winners

Grand Marshal: The Boy Scouts of Willits

Grand Marshal

Boy Scouts, Troop 42: Scoutmaster: Kara Watson Assistant: Mike Miltimore Service & fun: Putting out flags for holidays; cleaning up rodeo grounds; rigging up the monkey bridge at local hometown events Meet: Scout Hut on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm To join: Kara Watson: 245-2755 Cub Scouts, Troop 42: Cubmaster: Michael Lockhart Assistant: Bridgette Lockhart Service & fun: Picked up litter at the Rec Grove Park on Fourth of July; running Pinewood Derby Meet: Kindergarten to second grade: Scout Hut on Tuesdays at 4:30 pm Third grade to fifth grade: Scout Hut on Fridays at 4 pm To join: Bridgette Lockhart: 841-3019 Boy Scouts, Troop 88: Scoutmaster: Leon Anderson Assistant: Randy Hayes Service & fun: Erosion control at Thimble Berry trail; cleaning cemeteries; weed abatement of invasive species eet: LDS Church on Wednesdays at 7 pm Join: Leon Anderson: 459-4031 Boy Scouts, Troop 212: Scoutmaster: Ken Pedersen Assistant: Jennifer Dellett and Roger Wear Service & fun: Tiger Cub Safari, volunteering in kitchen at Camp Wente; helped with a book fair at the Willits Library; walking dogs at the Humane Society Meet: First Baptist Church on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm Join: Delores Pedersen: 972-3911 “We appreciate all the help at the grounds and all you do for the community!” – Marcy Barry, Willits Frontier Days President

Heritage Award Winner: Don Jerome

Heritage Award

The 2016 Heritage Award winner is Don Jerome, who exemplifies the qualifications required to earn the title. The award is set for a person or group who has stepped up for many years to help with Willits Frontier Days events and helps make the annual celebration possible. Jerome has been involved with the events for 20-plus years and has worked behind the scenes helping install the new arena and pipes, worked as a gate man for the rough stock, worked the junior rodeos with Lee Persico, helped count money and tickets, and even commuted back and forth from Lake County to help get the grounds ready year after year. Many remember “Don’s Armpit Motel,” which was the name given to the trailer Jerome brought over each year where he stayed during the Fourth of July events. Jerome was the first recipient of the Top Hand award in 1999, which was given to him on his wedding day. He married his bride, Nora, 27 years ago and the Black Bart gang was in attendance at his wedding. “Don has become a dear friend of Willits Frontier Days, and we cannot thank him enough,” said Lee Persico. “Don receiving the Heritage Award is a great honor, and is well-deserved!” Congratulations, Don!

Top Hand Award Winner: Harold Potter

Top Hand

This year’s Top Hand award recipient is Harold Potter, an eight-year volunteer with Willits Frontier Days and decade-old Willits local. Potter moved to the area from Ukiah with the towing industry and has since retired, leaving more time to help with community projects. Potter is also retired from the Military. Potter serves on the Board of Directors for Frontier Days as well as being in charge of year-round security for the facility on East Commercial Street and maintenance for the grounds. During the events over the Fourth of July, Potter helps groom the arena for the events, keeps the facilities in good order, and also continues with his security and landscaping maintenance duties, too. See Potter as he is announced at the parade, the CCPRA rodeos, and at the Sweetheart Dinner. Thank you for all of your hard work, Harold! We’re happy to honor you with this award!

Past Presidents:

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 |






Executive Group

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

Board of Directors

Board of Directors: Harold Potter, Rick Crowder*, John Thomen, Dan Pinon, Willy England, Jeff Cook, Alexis England, Kelly Figg-Hoblyn, Karen Cavanaugh, Ron Moorhead, Cathy Moorhead, Jack Tharp*, Fred Barry and Lee Persico* (*Not on board, but serving as senior advisor). Not pictured: Dean and Rachel Verdot.