Friday evening, from 5:30 to 7:30 Cocktails and conversation will be enjoyed by old friends and new, visiting with inductees and remembering old times in and around the rodeo arena. The Benefit Auction will also be on view, which is the sole fundraiser for RHS during the year.
Saturday is a fun-filled day with 10:00 AM book signings by John McBeth, a World Champion Saddle Bronc rider, on his new book, "Eight Seconds of Grace, The Stories of John McBeth" and myself with my new book, "Western Women Who Dared To Be Different".
Also at 10:00 AM will be a talk by Randy Bernard on "Bringing the Sport of Rodeo to Television"
At 11:45 to 2:30 an RHS Membership Meeting followed by a light lunch. Then the hilarious stories called "Rerides Rendezvous" begins. Anyone can get up and tell an actual event that happened to them during their rodeo career. These accounts are usually untold incidents that will keep everyone laughing. Two tickets to the National Finals Rodeo and two nights accomodations at the Gold Coast Hotel for Dec. 4 and 5, will be presented to the 'tale-teller' that has the best story, determined by the audience.
At 5:30 the Champions Gala will be held when all inductions and honors will be presented following cocktails and dinner.
Behind the scenes during this festive weekend, each inductee and honoree will be added to the RHS Oral History Project. This means an hour long video interview will be completed with each person, or the family of the deceased inductee. Their stories of their personal rodeo careers, including their achievements, disappointments and challenges, are covered. These interviews are housed in the Dickinson Research Center, in the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and are available for researchers, authors and educators interested in the history of rodeo.
Price for all events are: RHS and Museum Members is $120 - Nonmembers $140 for all events. Make online reservations at www.loverodeo.org by Sept 20 or call 405-478-2250.