Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Exhibits at Clymer Gallery

The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Association (ERHOF) has opened two new exhibits spotlighting rodeo history at the John Clymer Museum and Gallery, 416 N. Pearl, in downtown Ellensburg. The Ellensburg Rodeo Wranglerettes all-girl mounted drill team is featured in the Clymer’s window, while a wall display about John and Doris Clymer’s ranch and rodeo connections and Ellensburg Rodeo poster art is found inside. The Hall of Fame is storing its valuable collection of rodeo artifacts in an archival space created upstairs at the Clymer Museum. Board members moved their 350-cubic foot collection from the CWU Regional Archive in December. Nip Tucker, ERHOF museum committee chair, noted the group staged a major exhibit in the Clymer’s McGiffin Room last August and September. The exhibit was titled “Rodeo Icons: The Greatest Show on Dirt.” “We plan to regularly display our collection in seasonal shows at the Clymer alongside our window and wall displays,” Tucker states. “We know local folks and visitors will really enjoy viewing these treasures from our rodeo past.” ERHOF curator Mia Merendino developed the present exhibits and the recent McGiffin Room show. There is a historic Farrell saddle and saddles won by world champion Trevor Brazile and local legend Schaller Bennett.  Plans for display cabinets are in the works. The wall display was completed in time for the Spirit of the West Cowboy Gathering in Ellensburg over President’s Day weekend. The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Association formed in 1997 to preserve the history and traditions of the Ellensburg Rodeo. Inductees are chosen only after careful consultation with national and local rodeo experts. In addition to the Clymer exhibits, Hall of Fame artifacts are on display each year at ERHOF’s Western Village Ellensburg Rodeo weekend headquarters (at the north entrance of the rodeo grounds) and the Ellensburg Rodeo and Chamber of Commerce Headquarters in the Driver Home on North Main Street. ERHOF has a Facebook page and website @ www.ellensburgrodeohalloffame.com <http://www.ellensburgrodeohalloffame.com> .

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