North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame announces 2022 inductees – The Dickinson Press

MEDORA, ND — Since 2005, the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame (NDCHF) has been a gateway to the rich history on the Western Edge. The magnificent window to the many decades and centuries past preserving and promoting the culture of North Dakota’s Native American, ranching and rodeo communities by informing and educating visitors from all over the world about the state’s unique heritage.

In a press release Monday, Executive Director Rick Thompson announced that 10 people will be inducted into the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame during an awards ceremony at 1 pm on June 18, at Tjaden Terrace in Medora. This year’s inductees include Dave Hermanson, Fred Kist, Mark Kuhn, Tom Needham, Thore Naaden, Vern Goldsberry, the Sheldak Ranch, Dean Meyer, Rootie “Dasher Dude” and Ray Erhardt. The presentation will be open to the public, and will also feature the coronation ceremony for Miss Rodeo North Dakota at noon.

In a phone interview with The Dickinson Press, Thompson said this year they will have a life-size bronze statue of Little Yellow Jacket, the three-time Professional Bull Riders World Champion Bull.

“That’s going to be a big thing this summer for kids young and old to come see. It’s the first time we’ve had a life-sized bronze like that inside of the hall,” Thompson said. “He won three times in a row in the early 2000s. No bull has ever done that before. For something that was born and raised in North Dakota, that’s a pretty awesome deal.”

Another new display is an informational exhibit detailing the Great Western Cattle Trail. The acclaimed and historically important trail was among the few main thoroughfares on which cowboys would drive their cattle northward. Thompson explained that the trail ran through Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska, up to South Dakota. Upon reaching North Dakota, the path went from Amidon, Belfield, Watford City to Fort Buford and all the way to Canada. Thompson said this trail through North Dakota has been marked every 6 miles.

Amid the pandemic, the museum saw a sharp drop in visitors, down from the 16,000 in 2019. Thompson said that attendance rose slightly to above 12,000 in 2021, and that he anticipates a return to higher numbers in 2022.

“I’m projecting 16,000 visitors this year, and I think we’ll hit that pretty easily,” Thompson said. “In our opening, we had about 350 people here last weekend.”

Periodically, the NDCHF Board of Directors elect to present a Legacy Award to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional service as a board member or trustee, and whose hard work has enhanced development, growth and well-being of the institution and its Center of Western Heritage & Cultures. This year’s recipient of the Legacy Award is NDCHF President Emeritus Jim Chamley, of Mountrail County.

There will also be a celebratory dinner on June 17. For additional information on that event, contact Thompson at 701-290-6839.

The museum is open now through Dec. 15. with visiting hours from 9 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. Thompson said that most of their visitors are tourists, as well as pheasant and deer hunters in the later part of the year.

Admission is $9 for adults, seniors $7 and students $6. Children under 18 with a guardian get in free Wednesday through Sunday.

To learn more about the museum, visit the NDCHF Facebook page or northdakotacowboy.com.

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