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A supplement to The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle Aug. 1, 2012

Celebrating the Omak Stampede & World-Famous Suicide Race!

2012 Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle Western Rendezvous — Page 3

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Suicide Race competitors hit the Okanogan River during the 2011 event.

Inside Stampede: Rodeo and more........................3 Stampede weekend at a glance ...................8 Kickoff party................................................9 Wrangler Kids’ Night is Thursday.............10 Bullfighters: Cowboys’ best friend.............11 Rodeo features two sets of entertainers ....12 Encampment features dancing .................13 Art show is respite from the heat ..............18 Dream of being queen comes true............20 Race could offer surprises.........................23 Ride-in, combined parade ........................26 Ministry marks 40th year .........................27 Empty saddles honor volunteers ..............29 Map of Stampede Grounds........................31

Western Rendezvous Al Camp/The Chronicle

Seth Hardwick, Laramie, Wyo., hangs on as his saddle bronc barrels along during the 2011 Omak Stampede.

Welcome to Rendezvous Welcome to Western Rendezvous, your guide to the Omak Stampede and related events. Besides rodeo, the weekend brings the World-Famous Suicide Race, Omak Stampede Indian Encampment, Omak

Western and Native Art Show and a variety of events ranging from a stage ministry to a wine release. We invite you to join in the festive mood and help the community celebrate its heritage.

© 2012 The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle, owned and operated by Eagle Newspapers Inc. Roger Harnack, Editor and Publisher Lynn Hoover, Advertising Manager P.O. Box 553, Omak, WA 98841 618 Okoma Drive, Omak, Wash. 509-826-1110 voice 800-572-3446 toll-free 509-826-5819 fax Cover photo: Al Camp/The Chronicle

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Stampede: Rodeo and more By Dee Camp The Chronicle OMAK – This year’s 79th Omak Stampede brings the World-Famous Suicide Race, plus plenty of professional rodeo action, the Indian encampment, two parades, an art show and other Western fun. Rodeo performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 9-11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. Tickets may be purchased by calling 509-826-1002 or 800933-OMAK (6625), visiting the Stampede ticket office, 421 Stampede Drive E. (next to the arena in East Side Park) or going online to Ticket prices for areas where seating remains available range from $10-$25, depending on the performance and section. Chute seats are sold out for the Saturday performance.

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K. Roquemore, Cottonwood, Calif., heads for the dirt during the 2011 Omak Stampede. On Sunday, any seat is $12 with the exception of row 1-2

captain’s chairs, which are $25. Fans can expect a full range

of Professional Rodeo Cowboys’ Association events and barrel racing, plus the World-Famous Suicide Race after each rodeo performance. Activities begin Tuesday, Aug. 7, with a kickoff party at 6 p.m. in the arena, 421 Stampede Drive E. in East Side Park. Wednesday brings opening of the Davis Shows carnival at the west end of East Side Park. Hours are 5-11 p.m. Discounted pre-sale wrist bands for the carnival are available at the Stampede office until 4 p.m. Wednesday. After that, wrist bands and individual ride tickets will be available at the carnival, which will set up at the west end of the park. Preceding the Thursday night rodeo will be the annual Wrangler Kids’ Night, starting at 4 p.m. in the Omak Stampede Arena. Youngsters can compete

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Rodeo from Page 4 in a variety of games; prizes will be given. (See Page 10.) Thursday is family night, with up to two children under 12 admitted free with each paying adult in certain sections of the arena. Family night tickets are available only at the ticket office in East Side Park during Stampede week. Thursday also is Patriot Night in support of U.S. troops, with red, white and blue clothing encouraged. Members of the Washington National Guard will be on hand all weekend to help out. Slack competition in timed events, if needed, will be after the rodeo on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. Slack is offered when there are more contestants signed up for a timed event than can be run during the regular rodeo performances. The extra competitive time also allows contestants to make a showing at more than one rodeo per weekend. Although slack gives a sampling of rodeo action, the Stampede’s performances offer a full range of rodeo competition and related entertainment. Each rodeo performance begins with the parade of flags, a drill involving horses and riders carrying flags sponsored by area businesses, clubs and agencies. Arena runs by royalty follow, with Stampede Queen Katie Fergus, Okanogan, reigning

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Olin Hannum, Malad, Idaho, slides off his horse during steer wrestling at the 2011 Omak Stampede. over the event. (See Page 22.) Assisting the cowboys will be bullfighters Tim Vredenburg and Rowdy Barry, and clown and bullfighter J.J. Harrison, who grew up in Okanogan. The Thursday night specialty act is the McMillan Family, Soap Lake. The family does trick riding.

Welcome to The Omak Stampede! While enjoying the weekend, stop in for ice cold beverages, fresh produce and great tasting deli items.

Kenny Bartram, Stillwater, Okla., will perform motorcycle stunts and tricks during the other three shows. Announcer will be Steve Kenyon. Stock contractors are Big Bend, Ritzville, and Flying 5, Pomeroy. Friday is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink� night, with $1 from

each rodeo ticket going to the campaign to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Rodeo participants and fans are urged to wear pink. Suicide Race fans wearing buttons, available on the grounds and in several local

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Rodeo from Page 6 businesses for $5 apiece, will be admitted to special viewing areas on the hill and on the dike in the park. Viewing also is available from many areas of the arena for rodeo ticket holders. Concessions will operate all weekend on the grounds. Vendors range from local service organizations to visiting souvenir shops, and products range from hamburgers to minidoughnuts to cowboy hats. Fees are charged for parking on the grounds at $5 per vehicle. Flaggers will be on hand to help direct traffic at the end of each rodeo performance. Omak also offers plenty of diversions and shopping between rodeo shows. Other events planned during the weekend include: • Equestrian ride-in, 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, Okanogan to Omak. (See Page 26.) • Combined youth and grand parades, 10 a.m. Saturday, downtown. (See Page 26.) • Omak Western and Native

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A Davis Shows carnival ride becomes a swirl of light and motion at night with a long exposure. Art Show, Thursday through Sunday at the Courtyard Downtown, 28 N. Main St. (See Page 18.) • Christians in Action stage ministry, all weekend in East Side Park. (See Page 27.) • Okanogan Valley Farmers

Market in its customary location, Legion Park on Elmway in Okanogan, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. • Post-rodeo dances Friday and Saturday nights, with separate admission, in the arena dance area. The Night Riders

will perform. A beer garden, operated by the Okanogan-Omak Rotary Club, will be open during rodeo performances and the Friday and Saturday dances. Admission is limited to those 21 and older.

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Stampede at a glance

Tuesday, Aug. 7 6 p.m.

Kickoff party

Omak Stampede Arena

Wednesday, Aug. 8 5-11p.m.

Davis Shows carnival

East Side Park, near pool west side of park

Thursday, Aug. 9 8 a.m. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 4 p.m. 5-11 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. After rodeo After race

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Ride-in, Okanogan Team Penners Association Omak Western and Native Art Show Wrangler Kids’ Night Davis Shows carnival

County fairgrounds to Stampede Arena Courtyard Downtown, 28 N. Main St. Omak Stampede Arena East Side Park, west end of park Christians in Action outreach East Side Park Omak Stampede Indian Dance Pavilion, east Encampment opening end of park Omak Stampede PRCA Rodeo Omak Stampede Arena World-Famous Suicide Race Suicide Hill, arena Slack for timed events Omak Stampede Arena

Friday, Aug. 10 All day 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 4 p.m. to midnight 7 p.m. 7 p.m. After rodeo After race

Christians in Action outreach East Side Park Omak Western and Native Courtyard Downtown, Art Show 28 N. Main St. Davis Shows carnival East Side Park Omak Stampede Indian Dance Pavilion, east Encampment Grand Entry, end of park dance contests Omak Stampede PRCA Rodeo Omak Stampede Arena World-Famous Suicide Race Suicide Hill, arena Western dance, slack for timed Omak Stampede Arena events

Saturday, Aug. 11

10 a.m. 11 a.m. to midnight 1 p.m. 2-5 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. After rodeo After race

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10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Omak Western and Native Art Show

East Side Park, west of arena Courtyard Downtown, 28 N. Main St.


Downtown East Side Park, west end of park Dance Pavilion, east end of park

Omak Stampede Indian Encampment, Grand Entry, dance contests Omak Western and Native Courtyard Downtown, Art Show reception and 28 N. Main St. live auction Omak Stampede Indian Dance Pavilion, east Encampment, Grand Entry, end of park dance contests Omak Stampede PRCA Rodeo Omak Stampede Arena World-Famous Suicide Race Suicide Hill, arena Western dance, slack for Omak Stampede Arena timed events

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East Side Park Courtyard Downtown, 28 N. Main St. Omak Stampede Arena East Side Park, west end of park Dance Pavilion, east end of park

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Kick-off party planned Event replaces picnic, Stampede’s private gathering The Chronicle OMAK — A community kick-off party is planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, to get the 79th Omak Stampede going. The Omak Stampede Board of Directors and Omak Chamber of Commerce are collaborating on the event, set for the Omak Stampede Arena, 421 Stampede Drive E. Plans include a dinner, beer garden and dancing in the dirt with local band Good4U and Friends. Tickets will cost $10 per person. The event will replace the chamber-hosted Tuesday luncheon and the traditional private Wednesday night kickoff party.

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Champion barrel racer Lindsay Sears, Nanton, Alberta, rounds a barrel during the 2011 Stampede en route to a 16.62-second time.

Tonasket Chamber of Commerce extends a warm welcome to our visitors! Travel just 23 miles north of Omak and enjoy! History Park: 6 N. Locust, Swimming pool, restrooms, picnic and play areas. Triangle Park: Between Western Ave. and Hwy. 97, picnic table and gardens. RV Park: Across Western Ave. from Triangle Park, RV hook-ups and visitor info. State St. Park: Intersection of State St., Antwyne and 2nd., shade, picnic and play areas.

Chief Tonasket Park: 500 Railroad Ave., Boat launch, picnic tables, ball fields and riverfront. Community Day Park: Located next to Tonasket Visitors and Business Resource Center at 215 S. Whitcomb. Features mural and paintings of Tonasket history, gazebo and gardens. Area Lodging . . . Stay a spell!

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Wrangler Kids’ Night is Thursday in arena The Chronicle OMAK — Wrangler Kids’ Night at the Omak Stampede will entertain children up to age 12 starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. Admission is free. Activities include a boot

race, hay scramble, stick horse races and possibly an obstacle course, organizer Wendy Hensarling said. Youngsters also can compete in best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl competitions. Every child will receive a goodie bag and prizes,

Hensarling said. Youngsters can meet bullfighters Tim Vredenberg and Rowdy Barry, rodeo clown JJ Harrison and Miss Omak Stampede Katie Fergus, Hensarling said. A family act from the Basin area will entertain. The event lasts about an

hour, and will be followed at 7 p.m. by Family Night at the Omak Stampede, she said. Up to two children will be admitted free with a paid adult for seating in certain sections. Tickets are available at the Stampede office, 421 Stampede Drive E., next to the arena.

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Bullfighters: Cowboy’s best friend The Chronicle OMAK – Tim Vredenburg and Rowdy Barry will return to Stampede as bull fighters, and JJ Harrison will be back as clown and barrelman. They assist cowboys who get tossed off whirling bulls or hung up in rigging. Vredenburg, Roseburg, Ore., has spent a lifetime around the sport of rodeo. In 1994, he began his career after his first “wrap� with a bull at a local high school rodeo event. He acquired his Northwest Professional Rodeo Association card and became Bullfighter of the Year for the next two years with the association. He became a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association cardholder and rookie bullfighter in 1996. More than a dozen years later, Vredenburg has become a fixture in bull riding and continues to sacrifice himself

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Rodeo features two sets of entertainers The Chronicle

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JJ Harrison rides again as clown and barrelman at Stampede.

Friend from Page 11 for those who dare to ride, Stampede officials said. He is a member of the Santiam Canyon Stampede Hall of Fame in Sublimity, Ore. He has appeared at rodeos all over the Northwest and at the Colombia River Circuit Finals Rodeo. Barry, Kennewick, has appeared at the National Finals, Dodge National Circuit Finals, Columbia River Circuit Finals, Canadian National Finals College National Finals and National High School Finals rodeos, and at Stampede several times. “I tried riding bulls for a while, really tried a lot more than I actually rode,� he said. “I started fighting bulls in the practice pens and one thing led

to another, and it evolved into a great career.� He owns the Wild R Ranch and Registered Corriente Cattle Co., and is a Western artist with interests in sculpting and painting. Harrison, Walla Walla, grew up in Okanogan. He is a multiple winner of Northwest Professional Rodeo Association barrelman of the year honors and works dozens of shows a year throughout the Western states. He is best known for his wild antics, energy, dancing and “fat� suits. He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Washington State University and a master’s degree in education from Grand Canyon University. His parents are Peg Callaway and Chris Culp, Omak.

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OMAK – Rodeo fans will be treated to two sets of entertainers this year, depending on which rodeo performance they attend. The McMillan Family Trick Riders, Soap Lake, will perform for the Thursday, Aug.. 9 show. Kenny Bartram Steel Rodeo Tours, a motorcycle act, will zoom through the three remaining performances Friday through Sunday, Aug. 10-12. The McMillan Family includes parents Mark and Lynette, and eight children between the ages of 4 and 20. They also run their own stock contracting rodeo company. Doreen Sloan, the children’s grandmother, was a trick rider in Madison Square Garden, so “their skill and desire is in their blood,� Stampede officials said.

The family has performed at rodeos throughout the Northwest for the past three years. Bartram, Stillwater, Okla., is a freestyle motocross champion and provides non-stop, actionpacked freestyle motocross exhibitions for events and venues across the country, Stampede officials said. Bartram started his riding career at age 7 and has been hitting the dirt ever since. He began racing freestyle motocross in 1998 and has won 13 IFMA events in a row and 26 main events in a single season. He has seven world championships, a Dew Tour championship and 10 medals from X Games and Gravity Games, including four gold and many more titles and championships along the way.

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Encampment features dancing Stick game tourney, drumming and vendors also offered The Chronicle OMAK – The annual Omak Stampede Indian Encampment opens Thursday, Aug. 9, and runs through Sunday with dancing, drumming and stick game competitions. The encampment is in the northeast corner of East Side Park, with dancing and drumming in the round Dance Pavilion and stick games in an adjacent location. Parking is available adjacent to the pavilion; there is a $5 charge to park. Rest rooms are nearby. Arts, crafts and food vendors

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Dancers circle the pavilion during the 2011 Omak Stampede Indian Encampment.

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Dancing from Page 13 will open Thursday. Open stick games start that evening and continue until the tournament starts on Saturday. Memorials, giveaways and warm-up dancing begin are planned that night. Dance contests run Friday through Sunday, with prize money offered. Dancing and drumming registration open Friday evening. The first grand entry is at 7 p.m. Friday, and features opening ceremonies with a flag ceremony and song. Saturday’s grand entries are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday’s grand entry is at 7 p.m. Flags will be retired at midnight each night. Adult categories are men’s traditional, grass and fancy; women’s traditional, jingle and fancy, and golden age men.

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With shawl and fringe swirling, a dancer moves to the drumbeat during the 2011 Omak Stampede Indian Encampment.

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Dancing from Page 14 Junior and teen categories are traditional, grass/jingle and fancy. Special dancing will be announced throughout the weekend. Host drums are Mojo from Inchelium and an AssiniboineCree group from Missoula, Mont. Emcee will be Arnie Baptiste. A Saturday night dinner is planned. The stick game tournament begins with registration at 10 a.m. Saturday; the fee is $150 per team. The tournament carries a $10,000 purse, plus entry fees. A Sunday-only three-man tournament costs $60 to enter, with a $600 purse. A children’s tournament, with free entry, carries a $1,400 prize purse plus jackets. The encampment chairwoman is Theresa Best, Omak. All encampment organizers are volunteers, who meet throughout the year to plan the event.

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32nd Annual Okanogan County Artists Western and Native Art Show Thursday – Saturday, August 9-11, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday, August 12, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Reception & Live Auction: Saturday, August 11, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Courtyard Downtown 28 N. Main Street, Omak

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Desert Rose Studio and Gallery 509-422-9774 • Barbara invites you to a showing of her latest fine art paintings at the Western and Native Art Show. She specializes in pastels, but also works in oils and acrylics. Her work is in Western Realism and Impressionistic Landscapes. Prints and notecards available.

Original watercolor, oils and fabric art

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Awards and Sponsors • Best of Show Award, sponsored by Legacy Memorial Funeral Home • Best Western Award, sponsored by Dr. Paul Hartkorn, O.D. • Best Native American Award, sponsored by Covey’s • Heritage Award, sponsored by Koala Street Grill & Neighborhood Bar and Whistler’s Restaurant • Poster Award, sponsored by Sunrise Disposal, Inc. • People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Sunrise Disposal, Inc.

11”x14” watercolor titled “Follow Me”

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This national award winning artist will be showing originals and high quality giclees. 406-952-1396 • • LeElla, a Washington native, has been painting for over 40 years. Wildlife is her first love, but she also does Western art, animal portraits, flowers, old barns & buildings and landscapes. Her mediums are oil, pen & ink, acrylic and water colors. Her love of animals and her ability to capture their eyes and personality on canvas, has given her an edge in her perfection, and mastery of animal and wildlife art. Come see us at the Western and Native Art Show. Offering original oils, pen and inks, Gicleé prints and some water colors.

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20212 poster art for the Okanogan County Artists Western and Native Art Show, “The Journey,” by David Craig

Tina Reeve Tharp Invites you to a showing of her latest fine art work at the Western & Native Art Show Offering original watercolors, mixed media, pencil, embossments, and etchings Showcased at The Chronicle and West of Willow Studio ♦ 86 Gun Club Road ♦ Brewster, WA 98812

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Need a respite from rodeo’s heat? Try the art show Eatonville artist’s painting featured on show poster By Dee Camp The Chronicle and Donna Short Special to The Chronicle OMAK – Artists from throughout the Northwest will show their works during the 32nd Okanogan County Artists Western and Native Art Show on Aug. 9-12. The indoor show, at The Courtyard Downtown, 28 N. Main St., coincides with the Omak Stampede. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 9-11, and 9 a.m.

to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12. A reception and live art auction will be from 2-5 p.m. Saturday. David Craig’s painting, “The Craig Journey,” is featured on the show’s poster. The Eatonville artist works in watercolor and mixed media. He is of Flathead, Chippewa and Norwegian descent, and has a degree from the Seattle Art Institute. He has worked with the American Indian Relief Council for the past 14 years and received the fine art award in

the Great Falls, Mont., art show last year. He was that show’s artist of the year in 2009. Other artists scheduled to participate Arbuckle include: • Sharron Arbuckle, Okanogan – She has a degree in studio art techniques from New College in Sarasota, Fla., and works in a variety of media, including stained glass. She teaches art at Wenatchee Valley College at Omak, and has judged art shows and at the county fair. She also participates in the annual Support Center Benefit Art

Show and Auction. • Barbara Conner-Reed, Okanogan – She has painted and worked in the art field for 15 years. She just finished Conner-Reed writing a children’s book about dragons’ eggs and has been busy illustrating it. She does abstract, impressionistic and realistic work, and recently began using a new pastel technique with sanded paper. • LeElla Day, Granite Falls – The Omak native specializes in

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Art from Page 18 wildlife art, and has painted animal portraits and wildlife for more than 40 years. Her work is in collections nationwide, along with Canada and England. • Esther Hinger, Malott – The Omak native worked as a nurse at the Brewster hospital for Hinger many years, and always love the outdoors. She is interested in sewing and various types of arts and crafts, and took up fine art after her children were LeBow grown. • Susan LeBow, Great Falls,

Mont. – Her topics include wildlife and Native American themes. She works primarily with watercolors, and said she loves the challenge of painting fine detail with the medium. • Don Nutt, Coulee City – Nutt is a selftaught artists Nutt and said he is fascinated with local history. He is working on a series of acrylic paintings depicting the history of the Big Bend and Okanogan areas. He works mostly in pencil, watercolor and acrylic, and has illustrated two children’s books, “Unique Monique,” and “Marvelous Maddie.” • Georgia Orr Tongel, Omak – She is a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes and a descendant of the Wenatchee and Okanogan bands. Her oil paintings depict Native Americans, their legends and customs.

She has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Gonzaga University, studied in Italy, and has lived and worked in New York Tongel City, Los Angeles and Brazil. • Tina Reeve Tharp, Brewster – She works in a variety of media and is a graduate of Washington State Tharp University with a degree in art education. She teaches fine art in the Pateros School District. She said her parents let her experiment with art and was given “time, patience and 20 acres full of natural and manmade materials collected by my mechanical genius, ‘pack-rat’

father. They never doubted me, and they allowed me to learn by trial and error.” • Bruce TownsendCook, Riverside – He works primarily in glass, but also uses other media. TownsendTownsendCook Cook is an Okanogan High School graduate, toured Europe for six months, studied art and design at Green River Community College and learned mold making and glass casting at Pilchuck Glass School. He also has worked construction and other jobs. • Robert Walton, Spokane – Walton works in oils and line drawings. Additional artists scheduled to participate include Everett Russell, Republic; George L. Traicheff, Oroville, and other Okanogan County Artists Association members. Several awards will be given.

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Dream of being queen comes true Fergus juggles college classes with rodeo appearances By Dannie Oliveaux The Chronicle OMAK — As a young girl, Katie Fergus dreamed of the day when she would wear the crown and sash as Miss Omak Stampede. Last November, her dream came true when she became the 2012 queen. “It has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little girl,� said Katie “I’ve been preparing for it all of my life.� She is the 70th rodeo queen in Stampede’s 79-year history. “When it first started there was a queen, but then for several years there wasn’t� Fergus said. Katie, the 21-year-old daughter of Gary and Brenda Stevens of Okanogan, grew up

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my life was the greatest,� she said. Since being crowned queen, Fergus has balanced college and a busy appearance schedule. While attending Whitworth University in Spokane, Fergus made time for appearances by not scheduling classes on Friday. She took a break from school this summer to appear in rodeo parades in Washington and elsewhere. Her favorite stops on the queen’s appearance circuit were the Calgary Stampede Rodeo in July and the Reno Rodeo in Reno, Nev. “I think I like meeting new people and I enjoy representing our community and inviting everyone to the Stampede,� Fergus said. “Parades are also fun and getting to go to all the rodeos and events, but being able to ride my horse while doing it is the best part.� During rodeo appearances,

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Queen from Page 20 she’s been accompanied by her family or Stampede Royalty Adviser Millie Gann. But her faithful sidekick during her travels has been her favorite horse, Rusty. “He is 25 years old, but he is ‘Mr. Dependable’ and I’ve had him over 10 years,� Fergus said. “Over the past years, we have really grown together.� Because Rusty is older, Katie uses a 20-year-old rodeo horse named Sam for her arena runs. During her travels, Katie said she has met many girls who are also rodeo queens. “We keep up with each other on Facebook,� she said. “I think there is going to be a big turnout for visiting royalty this year, because I have made so many connections,� she said. With making appearances, a rodeo queen must have a wardrobe. Stampede provided Katie with several outfits and a dress, while DeTro’s Western Wear in Riverside sponsors a hat for her to wear with her crown.

“As far as clothes, I like to shop,� she said. “I went out a brought some other things to wear.� At Whitworth, Fergus just finished her junior year and plans to graduate early. She is majoring in elementary education with a focus on reading and hopes to become a teacher. Fergus also minors in dance, something she hopes to incorporate into her classroom. “When I went into college, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but I missed teaching the dance lessons,� she said. “I taught dance lessons in high school and I decide then I love working with kids.� She said a lot of her friends from Whitworth are coming to the Stampede this year. When Katie is not busy with rodeo and parade appearances, she enjoys riding, dancing, baking, fishing with her grandfather, hanging out with friends and spending time with her family. She also spends plenty of time with her younger sister, Emily Stevens.

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“I love spending time with my little sister; she is fun to hang out with,� Fergus said. Emily, who also loves horses, was Nespelem Junior Rodeo queen last year. “I think she wants to be a rodeo queen, also,� Fergus said. With her reign ending in

November, Fergus knows the Stampede has been a part of her life. “I have grown up around the Omak Stampede,� said Katie. “A lot of places I go, I tell them about our rodeo and Suicide Race, and how wonderful our community is.�




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Race could offer surprises Water level plays a part in swiftness of the Suicide Race By Al Camp The Chronicle OMAK – This year’s WorldFamous Suicide Race should have some great races and maybe a surprise or two. Suicide Races are held at the end of each performance of the Omak Stampede from Aug. 912. Compared to similar endurance races, Omak’s race does not take long. Horses race 100 feet on the flat, then over a steep embankment that leads to the Okanogan River. The river is a wild card, in that if it’s high, horses that swim well or are tall, so their feet touch bottom soonest, have an advantage.

This year, the river ran high well into July, but August heat could cause it to drop. The race wraps up with horses racing up a ramp Peasley into the rodeo arena. Last year’s winning entry combined two past champions. Patch, which took Aaron Carden to the title with four first place finishes in 2007, and Tyler Peasley, who had won in 2005 and 2006 aboard Reuben, were combined. They produced two firsts, a second and a third for 18 points and the title to owner Kevin Carden. But the win was not locked up until the final race. Commando, ridden and owned by Abe Grunlose,

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Race from Page 23 first- and second-place finish. Mo Whiskey, ridden by Winfred Pakootas and owned by Montana Pakootas and Shannon Boyd, earned 12 points. Peasley noted that the river was high last year. “It took a horse in pretty good shape to win,� he said at the time. Commando led by a point after Saturday night’s race. Mo Whiskey won Saturday night, putting it in contention should the two front runners falter. On Sunday, only eight horses remained from the 20 that started Thursday night. Patch blew over the top of the Suicide Hill, followed closely by Mo Whiskey, which used its height to reach the river bottom first and took a horse-length lead. Patch closed the gap on the downstream side. Then the whips came out. Pakootas reached back to whip Peasley, struck his horse and then lost his whip.

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Race from Page 24 Peasley let loose with a barrage from his whip, striking Pakootas several times in the face. Pakootas estimated he was hit five times in the face and four times in the head. “The only thing he hurt was my pride,� Pakootas said in the paddock after the race. “I did not want to slow up.� “He had a hold of my horse,� Peasley said. “I think he was trying to block for Abe, who was behind me.� Patch won the race into the arena ahead of Mo Whiskey in second and Commando in fourth. Peasley credited training by Preston Boyd with getting the horse ready. “Preston got him in tip-top shape,� Peasley said. Owners spend a lot of time and money feeding their horses and training them. Peasley is an accomplished horseman – he’s competed in and won Indian relays. He also rode bareback in a recent movie. Every horse must go through a veterinarian’s check prior to

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As seen from the river, racers hit the water during the Sunday running of the Suicide Race in 2011. being allowed to practice. Vet checks and practices started July 20 and continued for two more weekends. Those practices include swim and hill tests, where horses must show they can come over the top of the hill without faltering. A lot of horses fail the tests, including some veterans. Last year, Taz found the river too swift and high to its liking, failing to pass the swim test.

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Grunlose, Abe Grunlose, 15 points. 3, Mo Whiskey, Winfred Pakootas, Montana Pakootas and Shannon Boyd, 12 points. 4, Blue, Henry LaCourse, Hot Dog Carden, 6 points. 5, Stemtema, Louis Zacherle, Chuck McKinney, 5 points. 6, Big Black, Rocky Timentwa, Tom Best, 3 points. 7-8, Jake, Tom Best, Tom Best, and Ketch Pen, Edward Marchand, Wayne Boyd.

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Weekend features ride-in, combined parade By Dee Camp The Chronicle OMAK – Stampede’s usual trio of parades is being condensed to two this year with combination of the youth and grand parades into one gala procession Saturday morning, Aug. 11. Parading begins at 8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, with the annual Kickoff Ride-in, sponsored by the Okanogan Team Penners’ Association. It begins at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail Road, and winds through Okanogan before ending up in the Omak Stampede Arena, 421 Stampede Drive E., in East Side Park. The event draws riders and horse-drawn wagons for a leisurely walk that takes several hours to complete. No preregistration is necessary. Stampede officials decided to combine the kiddie and grand parades this year. Previously, the youth parade had been on Saturday morning and the

grand parade on Sunday. The combined procession will cut back on traffic disruption and give paradegoers and opportunity to visit downtown businesses, which are open Saturday but not always Sunday. Children’s parade participants will line up at 9 a.m. in Civic League Park on Ash Street next to the Omak Public Library, 30 S. Ash St., for judging and to prepare for the 10 a.m. start. The theme is “Dr. Seuss Kids on the Loose.� Because of the combination, the kiddie parade will head south on Ash Street this year to Second Avenue, turn east to Main Street and head north to Apple Avenue. From there, the procession will go west to Ash Street and back to the park. Grand parade participants will line up on Okoma Drive at 8 a.m. for judging. The parade gets under way at 10 a.m., with the plan being that when the last youth parade

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Stampede’s grand parade draws entries from throughout the Northwest. Chewelah’s colorful float glides along in 2011. participant hits Main Street, the grand parade will fall into line behind. Grand parade participants will disband on West Second Avenue near the high school. A punch-and-cookies reception is planned afterward at the Omak Elks Lodge, 110 S. Ash St. Longtime Stampede supporters and downtown

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Ministry marks 40th year By Dee Camp The Chronicle OMAK – The 40th year of Christians in Action’s Omak Stampede Gospel Stage outreach gets under way at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, longtime supporters and performers the Behrent Family and Friends. The local, nondenominational group offers music, drama, literature, testimonials, games, free beverages and a lost children service, and will host a fundraiser by the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship for its Hot Meal Ministry soup kitchen. “Begun in 1973 by members of Omak Free Methodist and First Presbyterian churches, the musicians found a grassy spot, sang what was in their hearts, and passed out cookies and Bibles,� spokeswoman Kathleen Christensen said. The group incorporated as Christians In Action in 1976,

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Ministry from Page 27 rodeo arena in East Side Park. Carl, Brenda and Jeremy Behrent, Omak, and others will perform country gospel music from 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Loose Change will follow with folk, country and bluegrass. Performers are Kathy Peterson, Aguanga, Calif.; April Barbat, Whittier, Calif.; Jerry Oliver, Winthrop, and Brenda Behrent and Lyn Pearce, both of Omak. Volume, a local, year-round youth outreach, will offer a variety of music, drama, testimonies from 7-10 p.m. Friday. Headed by Josh Richards of Omak First Baptist Church with leaders from Omak Foursquare, Abundant Life Fellowship and other local churches, the group features bands Forecast, and Planet Uprise, and youthful activities. Saturday’s show, at 5 p.m., brings Sam Buckingham, Mansfield, with “overtly country� music, Christensen said. Buckingham is founder of Columbia River Fellowship. His Mansfield church also has a

mission in Haiti. He’s a second cousin to country-pop singer Bonnie Guitar, now 89, Buckingham combines well-known country with some original songs. The evening also features children’s activities and a variety of hosts from various local churches bringing one-on-one friendship at the literature table, Christensen said. At 6:15 p.m., a Men’s Quartet from Omak and Okanogan will perform Southern gospel and praise songs. Singers are George Freeman, Jim Freese, Barry Corson and Coby Ingram, with accompanist Bonnie Freese. The Rev. Raul Martinez of Eglesia del Tercer Dia (Church of the Third Day), Tonasket, and his congregation will join the outreach at 7 p.m. for a Spanish/English service with joyful music and dual language messages, Christensen said. Other ministries continue until the rodeo performance ends; Loose Change will perform at 8:30 p.m. Father-son World Champion cowboys Deb and Jeff Copenhaver will speak at the

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Thursday, Aug. 9 Behrent Family and Friends Friday, Aug. 10 Volume youth outreach program Saturday, Aug. 11 Sam Buckingham, Mansfield, country music Men’s Quartet Spanish/English service Loose Change Sunday, Aug. 12 Western Church Service

Sunday morning Western church service, which starts at 9 a.m. with a free continental breakfast. Deb Copenhaver promises a “blow-out� and is looking for a reunion with the many cowboys who attended the annual Cowboy Retreats at his ranch in Creston, Christensen J. Copenhaver said. He was a two-time World Champion bronc rider and his son, Jeff, was the

1975 World Champion calf roper. In 1986, Jeff and his wife, Sherry, started America’s first Cowboy Church at Billy Bob’s in the historic Fort Worth, Texas, stockyards. The younger Copenhavers live in Granbury, Texas, now and travel nationally and internationally teaching roping schools and motivating others to be champions for the Lord in their world, Christensen said. They recently printed and gave away 71,000 devotionals, “God Wants You to Win.� The interdenominational service features music and a message, with a free-will offering taken to defray stage expenses.

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Empty saddles honor volunteers Three longtime workers will be memorialized By Dee Camp The Chronicle OMAK – The Omak Stampede family will pay tribute during this year’s rodeo to three longtime volunteers who died during the past year. Empty saddle ceremonies are planned Friday, Aug. 10, for Elder ‘Hoagy’ Shattuck, Saturday, Aug. 11, for Homer Carter, and Sunday, Aug. 12, for Don Henderson. During the ceremonies, a riderless horse will be led around the arena while an announcer recall’s the volunteer’s life and contributions. Shattuck, 92, died June 22, 2012. He was a longtime Stampede volunteer and was inducted into

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Hoagy Shattuck receives the Hall of Fame statue in 1997. the organization’s Hall of Fame in 1997. He was a retired Okanogan County Public Utility District

engineer, and in 1993 calculated the Suicide Race as 121 feet from the start to the top of the hill, the hill as 210 feet at a 54.7 percent grade, the river crossing at 345 feet, the rise from the river at 207 feet with an 18-foot altitude gain, the race along the dike at 96 feet and the dike to the finish line at 259 feet. The numbers now vary, depending on river level, and because of construction of a new arena in 2009. During his induction into the Hall of Fame, an honor reserved for Stampede’s most loved volunteers and professional, contracted workers, Shattuck was lauded by Carter for his invaluable expertise. The two were close friends and next-door neighbors. Carter invited Shattuck to join as a volunteer, and Shattuck went on to serve as outside grounds and concessions director, and Stampede Housing director. Carter died Jan. 27, 2012, at

age 91. Carter was active in Stampede for years and in 1993 was honored as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association National Committeeman of the Year for his volunteerism in rodeo. He was inducted into the Stampede Hall of Fame in 1995. “I’ve been accused of being a cowboy, but that’s about as far as it went,” said Carter said in a 2007 Chronicle interview. “I used to work all those years with Stampede, so that was kind of cowboy related.” Carter spent many years bringing his “can-do” attitude and calm demeanor to the Omak Stampede Board, where he served as vice president with president “Cactus” Jack Miller. Henderson, 76, died Aug. 21, 2011. He was a gold member of PRCA and announced rodeos and fairs throughout the region,

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