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2019 Willits Frontier Days board members and volunteers gathered together at the grounds to welcome the start of the 2019 season including, back row, from left: Bruce Cartwright, Deanna Rutledge, Jeff Cook, Alexis England, Rick Crowder, Alyssa Colvard, Willy England, Kera Colvard, Shelly Rutler, BJ Rutler, Billy Rutler and Earl Rambauth. Front row, from left: Marcy Barry, Lee Persico, June Sizemore, Jaden Doak, Danielle Barry, Fred Barry and Cathy Moorhead.

President's Message:


Welcome to the 93rd 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

2019 Grand Marshal & Heritage Award Winners

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2019 Grand Marshal: J.D. Redhouse

Grand Marshal

J.D. Redhouse is a locally owned mercantile in the heart of downtown Willits with family roots in Mendocino County that span five generations. It has been the goal of J.D. Redhouse, from its inception, to work together with local groups and leaders to support the Willits community. We donate our time and resources whenever possible to help assist our schools, youth sports, and many other charitable organizations. Working together with Frontier Days has always been an enjoyable way to give back to our community, and we look forward to many more years of service. It is an honor to be named the Willlits Frontier Days 2019 Grand Marshal. We invite you all to join us in displaying “Community Pride” by celebrating the history of our community and country during this year’s festivities.

2019 Heritage Award Winner: Steve and Lana Eberhard

Heritage Award

“Lana and I are very honored to be recognized by the Willits Frontier Days organization as this year’s Heritage Award recipients,” said Steve Eberhard. The pair were chosen for their past service to Willits Frontier Days. Steve was the official photographer for more than a decade, while Lana created the WFD program and managed our website from 2004 to 2011. “We were just new to town when we became involved with Frontier Days in 2002. We were never treated as outsiders or strangers; instead we were treated like family and warmly welcomed into our new community,” said Steve. A Vietnam veteran, and talented photographer, Steve appreciates the spirit of the Fourth of July and its importance to Willits. He saw taking photos as a great way to tie that spirit back into community. He especially enjoyed showcasing all the WFD events and activities, and capturing special moments like the crowning of the Sweetheart. Lana is a certified graphic designer, and used her skills to showcase Steve’s photos on posters for the rodeo as well as the Truck Pull event which started during their years with WFD. Lana recently retired from the Mendocino College Foundation where she served as Marketing/Program Specialist and Scholarship Coordinator. Last September she was diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer after 19 years cancer-free. She is now in the final stages of her treatments and expects to make a full recovery. “I am deeply touched by all the support we have received from our friends in the community, and from everyone at Frontier Days,” said Lana. “We understand that many of the cowboys and cowgirls will be wearing pink during this year’s events to help raise awareness in the fight against cancer. That is simply amazing.” Although Lana’s treatments might make it impossible for the Eberhards to attend this year’s Frontier Days festivities as Heritage Award recipients in the traditional sense – riding on the float in the parade, being presented at the rodeos, etc. – you can count on them being there in the true spirit that exemplifies Willits Frontier Days.

2019 Top Hand Award Winner: Billy Rutler

Top Hand

Willits Frontier Days is proud to recognize Billy Rutler this year as our 2019 Top Hand award recipient. No matter how large or small the project, Billy is always at the grounds, ready to help with whatever is planned. He has put so much hard work into Willits Frontier Days, and we are proud to recognize his efforts.

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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 |






2018 Executive Group

2019 Executive Board: From left: Willy England, Marcy Barry, June Sizemore, and Fred Barry. Not pictured: Tracy Legris.

2018 Board of Directors

2019 Board of Directors: From back row, left: Jeff Cook, Alexis England, Billy Rutler, Kera Colvard and Shelly Rutler. Sitting, from left: Lee Persico, Cathy Moorhead and Bruce Cartwright.