Centennial Saddle Raffle
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ellensburg Rodeo, the Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Museum (ERHOF) sponsored master saddle maker Janneman A. Pienaar’s construction of a swell fork “Ellensburg Tree” saddle replica. This style of saddle was invented in Ellensburg and was pivotal as the late nineteenth century cattle frontier transitioned into the modern world of professional rodeo.
To win the “Ellensburg Tree” swell fork saddle replica, send a check or money order for $100 to ERHOF, ATT: Saddle Raffle, 110 W. 6th Avenue, PMB 116, Ellensburg, WA, 98926, or email ERHOF97@gmail.com, or call 509.968 5019.
RODEO NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
January 23, 2023- Beginnings: Rodeo in 1923 and the Ellensburg Rodeo
February 23, 2023- Original Partners: the Ellensburg Rodeo and Native American Contributions
March 23, 2023- Concerts and Culture: Music, Popular Culture, and the Rodeo
April 23, 2023- The Contestant Experience: View from the Chutes
May 23, 2023- Preserving History: The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame
June 23, 2023- Behind the Scenes: Rodeo Committee and Volunteers
July 23, 2023- Rodeo Royalty: Queens and Ambassadors
August 23, 2023- Famous Moments and Photos: Capturing the Action
The Ellensburg Rodeo is steeped in traditions. The men and women who founded the Ellensburg Rodeo in 1923 were ranchers, farmers, Indians, and community-minded citizens working in a group effort of huge proportions. They were motivated not only by a desire to celebrate a vanishing frontier way of life, but also by a desire to promote their community and generate commerce. From their efforts, Washington State’s world famous Ellensburg Rodeo was born.
Hall of Fame
The Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame has joined with the Clymer Museum and Western Art Association to make the Western Culture & Art Center (WCAC), 416 N. Pearl, a showcase for art, culture, and western history.
ERHOF now leases the old Downtown Pharmacy space from the Clymer Museum. ERHOF stores its large and valuable collection in the WCAC’s spacious upstairs, where ERHOF also maintains an office headquarters. ERHOF exhibits continuously in the old pharmacy, with shows celebrating the founding of the rodeo, women in the Ellensburg Rodeo, the role of Indians, trick riders and clowns, ropers, All-Around Champions, specialty acts, the inducted Animals that reached national fame, and much more.