The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame

Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Association

The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Association (ERHOF) is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 to preserve the history and traditions of the Ellensburg Rodeo. The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Association is the newest of the important organizations—including Top Hands, Ellensburg Rodeo Posse, Past Rodeo Royalty, Gold Buckle Club, Rotary, and others—which assist the Ellensburg Rodeo Board in conducting the annual Ellensburg Rodeo. ERHOF’s website is http://www.ellensburgrodeohalloffame.com/.

The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame conducts annual Hall of Fame Banquets on Thursday evening of Rodeo Weekend, selecting and honoring Inductees in the categories of (1) National Contestant; (2) Local Contestant; (3) Participant (clown, judge, announcer, trick rider, stock contractor etc.); (4) Volunteer Organizer; (5) Livestock; and (6) Pioneer Rodeo Family.

ERHOF has written a permanent biographical file for each Inductee, preserved their mementoes and artifacts, conducted membership drives, hosted annual fundraisers, and established a permanent museum fund. ERHOF publishes a bi-annual Pony Express Hall of Fame Newsletter and annual articles on Hall of Fame Inductees for the Ellensburg Daily Record, Pro Rodeo Sports News, and The Ketch Pen (National Cowboy Hall of Fame). ERHOF has collected, stored, and displayed saddles and tack, memoirs, photographs, posters, jewelry, buckles, programs, costumes, books and magazines, ephemera, and other historical artifacts from the Ellensburg Rodeo donated by national competitors and local participants, organizers, and their families.

The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Association’s ultimate goal is to build a permanent Hall of Fame and museum of rodeo history in Ellensburg, open to community members and tourists on a year-round basis. Hall of Fame artifacts are now on display at the Ellensburg Rodeo and Chamber of Commerce Headquarters in the Driver Home on North Main Street. The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame stages a museum exhibit at its annual banquet and maintains an annual Labor Day weekend display in the Rodeo Board’s Western Village attraction. Alongside other community groups, ERHOF helped plan and install the “Meeting Ground” exhibit at the Kittitas County Heritage Center, underneath the restored main rodeo grandstand of the Kittitas County Fairgrounds.

Past Inductees to the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame are Larry Mahan, Casey Tibbs, Bill Linderman, Bill McMacken, Dean Oliver, Tom Ferguson, Eddy Akridge, Clint Corey, Jim Shoulders, Pete Knight, Charmayne James, Joe Beaver, Rod Lyman, Smokey Kayser, Deb Copenhaver, Gene Miles, Maude Barnett, Frank Wood, Larry Wyatt, Kenny Stanton, Ken McLean, Joe Alexander, Jimmy Cooper, Marty Wood, Allen Bach, Katherine Bach, Guy Allen, Charles Sampson, Past Rodeo Royalty, Ellensburg Rodeo Wranglerettes, Kittitas County Roping Club, Moomaw-Bernard Stock Contractors, “Badger Mountain,” Joe Kelsey Company, “Widow Maker” “Red One,” Beard Rodeo Company, Harry Charters, “Mickey,” Harry Knight, Red and Rose Wall, Big Bend/Flying 5 Rodeo Company, “303 Spring Fling,” Judy and Dan Ackley, Everett Bowman, Montie Montana, Dick Griffith, Yakama Indian Nation, George Prescott, John P. Foster, John Ludtka, Allen Faltus, DeVere Helfrich, Stuart Anderson,  Ellensburg Rodeo Posse, King County Posse, Bob Swaim, Fred Palimiero, Phil Gardenhire, Buff Brady, Jr., Loyd Ketchum, Butch Lehmkuhler, Berenice Blair Dossey Bolen, Christensen Brothers, Harry Vold, Wick Peth, Leonard Davis, Dr. H. F. Pfenning, Cliff Kaynor, Harry Anderson, Bosque Boy, “0,” Scamper, War Paint, the “Spirit of the Trail Rodeo Pageant”, and the Anderson, Cooke, Driver, Ferguson, Fitterer, Gage, McEwen, McManamy, Minor, Morrison, Nason and Aronica, Thomas, and Schnebly Families.

Hall of Fame Board members are Dr. Mike Allen, Rochelle Bierek, Janie Charlton, Brigid Clift, Joe Crawford, Barbara Foster, Bob Kelley, Dr. Ken MacRae, Bertha Morrison (Emeritus), Teri Phillip, Joel Smith, Nip Tucker, Julie Virden, Jack Wallace, and Jeff Whitney.

Those wishing to join the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Association should write to 110 W 6th Street, Box 374, email tlp@fairpoint.net, or call Membership Chair Joe Crawford at 925-3484.

Be sure to visit www.ellensburgrodeohalloffame.com for more information.

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