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 one of the affiliate organizations—including Top Hands, Ellensburg Rodeo Posse, Past Rodeo Royalty, 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 stores its 350 cubic-foot collection in a secure archive located in the upstairs of Ellensburg’s John Clymer Art Gallery and Museum. ERHOF’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 Clymer Museum, and 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 Ellensburg Rodeo Board’s Western Village attraction.
Those wishing to join the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Association should write to 110 W 6th Street, Personal Mail Box 374, Ellensburg, WA 98926.
Be sure to visit www.ellensburgrodeohalloffame.com for more information.