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  • Region 6 Celebration in Meeteetse, WY

    The WCHF and county committees from Big Horn, Washakie and Park counties, would like to thank the Meeteetse Visitor Center and their Day of the American Cowboy Celebration for allowing Region 6 to be a part of the celebration. All of the living inductees were present, as well as former inductee Gerald Perkins, and all deceased inductees had family present. It was such a fitting honor for all of them with a setting full of cowboys and friends! It was a great evening and celebration! See the slideshow below for pictures from the Region 6 celebration.

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    Region 6 Celebration Saturday July 15th

    2017 Commemorative Inductee Items

    Pre-order the Commmemorative engraved whiskey bottles FOR $100, belt buckles FOR $225 or inductee plaques FOR $60 shown below by calling Nikki at 307-851-8523 with a debit or credit card. 

    BUCKLE pre-order cut-off date is JULY 31ST
    BOTTLE pre-order cut-off date is SEPTEMBER 5TH
    PLAQUES will be mailed directly to you.

    Bottles can’t be mailed so if you miss the cutoff deadline of September 5th  or order at the induction the cost will be $110 and you will have to make arrangements with the engraver to pick your bottles up.  Most people have been engraving under the WCHF logo, the inductee’s name and the date they are inducted into the WCHF which this year will be September 24, 2017, but you can also engraved their date of birth & date of death like this picture if they’re deceased and you would prefer that. 

    Buckles ordered after July 31st either through Nikki or at the induction will cost $235 and will be mailed sometime in December or January after they get them madeOn the 2017 buckles, the horse & rider will be slightly different, but is still being made by the same silversmith.  It will have 2017, Casper, WY and the inductee’s name below that. We will post an updated picture on the website & Facebook of the 2017 buckle they are making for us to auction as soon as they get that buckle finished.

    Additional 8 x 10 Solid Walnut 2017 Inductee Plaques with the Inductee’s name on it can also be ordered by family and friends for $60 plus shipping. See the sample below for what the plaques will look like. Call Nikki at 307-851-8523 with debit or credit card and the plaques will be mailed directly to you.

    2017 State Induction September 23-24, 2017

    Ramkota is our host hotel for the weekend, ask for our WCHF room rate of $74.99 when booking.
    Induction tickets go on sale Monday, June 5, 2017 through Sinclair Tix

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    W.C.H.F. CLASS OF 2017 NAMED

    The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame (WCHF) Board of Directors conducted annual business meetings May 20 and 21 at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Casper. All current WCHF officers were voted in for another four-year term. Shelly Martinez and Wendy Auzqui, Board members who requested to retire, were replaced by Wade Lupher of Mountain View and Lee Martinez of Kaycee, respectively.  Plans were outlined for the 4th annual WCHF Honoree Induction and associated events, and the Class of 2017 WCHF Honorees was selected.

    The process of selection was begun by committees in ten geographic regions across the state soon after nominations closed. The WCHF sends each nomination to the county from which it was submitted, where regional honorees are chosen by their respective committees.  Nominees ranked at the top in each county are again reviewed during the state board meeting.

    Successful candidates and their nominators have just been notified electronically and received their invitations to the 2017 WCHF Induction Ceremony and festivities, scheduled for Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th in Casper.

    Headquarters for WCHF participants while in Casper will be Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center, just off the Interstate at 800 North Poplar Street. The WCHF has reserved a block of rooms which Ramkota is generously offering to induction attendees at a reduced daily rate of $74.99.  Mention you are WCHF Induction participants when booking to take advantage of the special.

    A Hospitality Room will open near the Ramkota pool Saturday at 6 pm for a festive mix and mingle evening including refreshments, silent and live auctions and musical entertainment.  Dance music will begin at 9 pm.

    Forty five men and two women comprise WCHOF’s Class of 2017 Honorees. Listed by their geographic region and county, they include:

    Region 1:  CAMPBELL – Harold Scott and Robert “Bob” Isenberger CROOK – Alden C. Robinson and Donald “Dee” Clark   WESTON – Arthur Leslie “Art” Montgomery and Joseph Stephen “Joe” Fordyce

    Region 2:  GOSHEN – Richard T. “Bucky” Barnett and Joe W. “JW” Buckhaults NIOBRARA – George Donald “Powder River” Thompson; William “Bill” Greer and Murray Butler PLATTE – Jimmie and Gloria Grieve

    Region 3:  ALBANY – Frank “Judge” Lilley and James “Jim” Atkinson LARAMIE – Charles Dunning and Billy Wilkinson

    Region 4:  NATRONA – Benjamin “Ben” Roberts and James Henry “Hank” Miles CONVERSE – William Shaw “Bill” Gray and James Oscar “Jim” Middleton

    Region 5:  JOHNSON – Church Hill Firnekas and Wes Taylor SHERIDAN – Floyd “Hawk” Shaffer and Robert L. “Bob” Snyder

    Region 6:  BIG HORN – Don “Reckless Red” Bell and Jack Graves PARK – Hugh “Hughie” Maller; Edward “Eddie” Dvarishkis and Cecil Vaughn McMillin WASHAKIE – Ray Duane Rice

    Region 7:   CARBON – Louis D. “Louie” Boles and Albert D. “Bert” Johnson SWEETWATER – Percy Edwards and Abner Luman

    Region 8:  HOT SPRINGS – Carl Obe Dockery and Ernest Nathan “Nate” Brown FREMONT – John G. “Jack” Corbett and George Earl “Rasty” Givens

    Region 9:  UINTA – Lewis “Junior” Martin; Howard Paul “Red” Peterson and J. William “Bill” Martin LINCOLN – Walter C. “Buster” McIlvain

    Region 10: SUBLETTE – Otto Arthur Herman Miller and Robert “Bob” Lozier TETON – Dail Knori and James “Bill” Beard

    Be sure to set aside the September weekend of the 23rd and 24th to participate in another historic occasion, as the WCHOF Class of 2017 is inducted.  Many regional induction activities will be held across the Cowboy State this summer, preliminary to the State Induction; so watch this publication for dates to save.

    The first regional induction for the Class of 2017 is Region 1, Crook, Campbell and Weston counties, to be held at the CamPlex Wyoming Center in Gillette on Saturday, June 24th at 6 pm.  Watch this publication for details on that event, which follows the Wyoming Wild Ride Ranch Rodeo; along with news of other exciting local events planned across the Cowboy State this summer.

     

    Region 1 Local Celebration June 24, 2017 at 6 p.m.

    Anyone who is local or visiting from out of town is welcome to join them for a fun night full of rich WY Cowboy history!!! Region 1, Campbell County, Weston County and Crook County, will be recognizing past inductees/families and hearing the stories of their 2017 class of inductees! Mark your calendars and join them for a fun night as they recognize and honor their WCHF Inductees!

    Fremont County Celebration for 2016 WCHF Inductees

    1800’s Model German Wine Chest AUCTION- Ends March 15, 2017

    The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame would like to extend a big thank you to Cliff and Sandra Henderson of Riverton, WY for their very generous donation of this mid 1800’s model German Wine Chest, which was imported from Germany. (Pictured from l-r) Scott Ratliff, WCHF President; Sandra and Cliff Henderson, donors. This beautiful piece is in absolute perfect condition. It breaks down into five pieces. It is 8’6” wide; 2’6” deep and 9’2” tall.

    Bidding opens March 5 and ends March 15 at 3:00 pm MST. Bids can be placed by calling or texting 307-360-6114 or on Facebook – for details, visit: Facebook.com/WyomingCowboyHallOfFame. When bidding, please bid in $100 increments. The winning bidder will be responsible for shipping.

    Thanks again to the Hendersons and thanks for everyone interested in this auction item that will benefit the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame in our mission to “To preserve, promote, perpetuate, publish and document Wyoming’s rich working cowboy and ranching history through researching, profiling and honoring individuals who broke the first trails and introduced that culture to this state. WCHF plans to collect, display and preserve the stories, photos and artifacts of such individuals and anything else that will honor and highlight their contributions to our history.”

    First Interstate Banks of Wyoming and the First Interstate BancSystem Foundation Donation

    Pictured from left to right in the above photo are Larry Bentley, WCHF Hot Springs County Committee Member; Scott Ratliff, WCHF President; Paulette Moss, WCHF Treasurer; Victor Robbins, First Interstate Bank and Mike Edelman, Retired FIB Riverton President .

    Three members of the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame were presented with the generous donation of $15,600 from First Interstate Banks of Wyoming and the First Interstate BancSystem Foundation on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 in Riverton, Wyoming.

    This grant donation will fund Phase I of the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Media Plan producing a 2-3 minute promotional video.  The promotional video trailer will be used to seek additional funding through private and public foundations to create a documentary What Makes a Wyoming Cowboy?  The documentary will explore the heart and soul of the Wyoming Cowboy and will highlight many of the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees.

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