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Rendezvous: Your guide to Stampede The Chronicle OMAK — Western Rendezvous is your guide to the 80th annual Omak Stampede, World-Famous Suicide Race and related events. In addition to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association activities Aug. 8-11, there will be the 78th annual Suicide Race, Omak Stampede Indian Encampment, Western and Native Art Show, a stage ministry and three different parades. Each day of the rodeo will also feature entertainer J.J. Harrison, an Okanogan High School graduate. The Fridaythrough-Sunday shows include a motorcycle and four-wheeler stunt show from Wisconsinbased daredevils WI FMX. We invite you to join in the festive mood and help the community celebrate this longstanding tradition.
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Chason Floyd, from South Dakota, competes in steer wrestling during the 2012 Omak Stampede. This year, the 80th anniversary rodeo will be Aug. 8-11.
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Index Stampede hits 80th event ....................... 4 Stampede schedule: At a glance ............. 6 New leaders head Suicide Race............... 7 Expectations soar for race ...................... 9 Encampment slated for park ................ 11 Queen fulfills lifelong dream ................. 12 Malone reigns as grand marsh............... 14 Youth have their own event .................. 15 Entertainers return to Omak ................ 19 Dirt bike show aims to thrill .................. 21 Artists show off their works ................. 22 Empty saddles pay tribute .................... 25 Parades return to tradition ................... 27 Group anchors gospel stage .................. 29
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Stampede hits its 80th year Rodeo and more on tap for second week in August By Dee Camp The Chronicle OMAK – This year’s 80th annual Omak Stampede brings professional rodeo action, the World-Famous Suicide Race, the Indian encampment, three parades, an art show and other Western fun to town. Rodeo performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8-10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, in the Omak Stampede Arena, 421 Stampede Drive E. Tickets are available from the Stampede ticket office next to the arena in East Side Park, online or by phone. Prices vary, depending on the performance and section. Chute seats and captain’s chairs are nearly sold out for the
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Logan Hofer tries, but misses roping his calf during tie-down roping at the 2012 Omak Stampede. Saturday performance, Stampede Office Manager Sarah Grooms said. Captain’s chairs are close to the arena floor. Special prices are offered on Thursday for family night and on Sunday. Fans can expect a full range of Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events and barrel racing, plus the 78th annual World-Famous Suicide Race
after each rodeo performance. Activities begin Wednesday with opening of the Davis Shows carnival at the west end of East Side Park. The carnival opens at 5 p.m. Carnival armbands, while they last, will be sold at a discount at the Stampede office until 5 p.m. Aug. 7, Grooms said. The encampment gets under way Thursday evening (See Page 11), as does the Omak Western and Native Art Show at The Courtyard Downtown, 28 N. Main St. (See Page 22.) Preceding the Thursday night rodeo is the annual Wrangler Kids’ Night, starting at 4 p.m. in the Omak Stampede Arena. Youngsters can compete in a variety of games; prizes will be given. (See Page 15.) Thursday is family night, with up to two children under 12 admitted free with each paying adult in sections G and H of the
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Stampede from 4 arena. Family night tickets are available only at the ticket office in East Side Park. Sunday is Patriot Day in support of U.S. troops, with red, white and blue clothing encouraged by Stampede officials. Veterans get in free with military ID. Members of the Washington National Guard will be on hand all weekend to help out. Slack competition in timed events, if needed, will be at 9 a.m. Friday. 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. This year, 336 contestants
have registered through PRCA. Because they’re allowed to pay a penalty to “turn out” and not show up, the rodeo may not have that many competitors, Stampede officials said. PRCA will run a short reentry period Aug. 2 if there are turnouts. Each rodeo performance begins with the Parade of Flags, a drill involving horses and riders carrying flags sponsored by area businesses, clubs and agencies. About 60-65 entries are expected this year. Arena runs by royalty follow, with Stampede Queen Breanna Howell, Tonasket, reigning over the event. (See Page 12.) Assisting the cowboys will be bullfighters Tim Vredenburg and Rowdy Barry, and clown and barrelman J.J. Harrison, who grew up in Okanogan and will give a special performance during the Thursday show (See Page 19). The specialty act for Friday, Saturday and Sunday is WI FMX, a motorcycle stunt act (See Page 21). The 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. Stampede officials urge rodeo participants and fans to wear pink. Pink T-shirts are going fast from The Company Store, Stampede’s souvenir stand, Grooms said. Suicide Race fans wearing booster buttons, available on the grounds and in local businesses for $5 apiece, will be admitted to special viewing areas on the hill and on the dike in the park. A rodeo ticket stub from the performance preceding each race also grants admission to the dike. 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 burgers to cowboy hats. Omak also offers plenty of diversions and shopping
between rodeo shows. Other events planned during the weekend include: • Ride-in, 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, Okanogan County Fairgrounds through Okanogan to Omak. (See Page 27.) • Youth parade, 10 a.m. Saturday, downtown, with the theme “The Lone Ranger Rides Again.” (See Page 27.) • Grand parade, 10 a.m. Sunday, downtown. (See Page 27.) • Christians in Action stage ministry. (See Page 29.) • Okanogan Valley Farmers Market in its customary location, Legion Park on North Second Avenue 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. Fees are charged for parking on the grounds at $5 per vehicle per performance, or $15 for a weekend pass. Flaggers will be on hand to help direct traffic at the end of each rodeo performance. Separate parking fees apply in the encampment area.
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Omak Stampede events: At a glance Wednesday, Aug. 7 5 p.m. Davis Shows carnival East Side Park 9:30 p.m. (approx.) After race World-Famous Suicide Race Western dance Suicide Hill, arena Stampede Arena
Saturday, Aug. 10 10 a.m. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Omak Stampede Kids Parade Omak Western and Native Art Show Davis Shows carnival Omak Western and Native Art Show reception and live auction Omak Stampede Indian Encampment Omak Stampede PRCA Rodeo World-Famous Suicide Race Western dance Main Street, Ash Street Courtyard Downtown, 28 N. Main St. East Side Park Courtyard Downtown, 28 N. Main St. Dance Pavilion, east Omak Stampede Arena Suicide Hill, arena Stampede Arena
Thursday, Aug. 8 8 a.m. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 4 p.m. 5-11 p.m. 6-8 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. (approx.) Kickoff Ride-in Omak Western and Native Art Show Wrangler Kids’ Night Davis Shows carnival Christians in Action outreach Omak Stampede Indian Encampment opening Omak Stampede PRCA Rodeo World-Famous Suicide Race County fairgrounds to Stampede Arena Courtyard Downtown, 28 N. Main St. Stampede Arena East Side Park Triangle Park, west of the Stampede Arena Dance Pavilion, east end of park Stampede Arena Suicide Hill, arena
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New leaders head Suicide Revamped group on a tight schedule for annual race By Al Camp The Chronicle OMAK – A revamped Owners and Jockeys Association continues to learn on the job while preparing for this year’s 78th running of the WorldF a m o u s Suicide Race. The race is run after each performance of the Omak Stampede rodeo, slated for Aug. 8-11. Carden “It’s been a beautiful ride,” Owners and Jockeys Association President Aaron Carden said in a call from Curlew, where he’s
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Okanogan River water foams as horses and riders charge toward the bank during a 2012 Sunday Suicide Race heat. working. “The owners and jockeys are getting involved. People are stepping up for bigger roles.” The association wants to polish the race, from preparation of the hill and training of horses that started a month or more ago to a 60-page program with all glossy pages spotlighting horses, jockeys and the race’s history. Carden, 47, brings a long
history to the leadership role, having been associated with the race since 1985. He took overall titles in 1991 (on Seymour, owned by Eddie Timentwa) and 1995 (on Max, which he owned). After an eight-year layoff, he returned in 2007 to win all four races and his third crown aboard Patch, owned by his brother, Kevin Carden. He retired following the 2008 races. Other new officers installed in early February include Vice President Shannon Boyd, Secretary Trisha Jack, Treasurer Sandi Buzzard and Sergeant-atArms Sylvia Peasley. A fiveperson race committee was to be voted upon July 18. Behind the scenes there are many stepping forward to assure the race will go off without a hitch, including program chairwoman Julie Bock (with assistance from Jody Cate),
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Leaders from 7 Carlie Orr and Louis Zacherle seeking sponsors and Montana Pakootas, Rocky Timentwa, Orr and many others working into the night on the hill the last couple weeks. “We are expecting a high number of horses,” Aaron Carden said. “The water is going down fast. There are new horses coming in and old horses coming back. We welcome those that are prepared and qualified.” This year’s program will be all glossy, with a color front page taken on Suicide Hill during Sunday’s final race in 2013. “Each horse will be featured, each jockey will have a profile and list sponsors,” Bock said. “There will be historic photos and historic information. We’ve been working on it for two months.” Bock said the hope is that purchasers will buy them as souvenirs and perhaps get jockeys and owners to sign them. The association continues seeking sponsorships to make
the race the best ever. To that end, the Colville Business Council unanimously voted April 18 to waive its donation policy and approve an additional donation of $15,000 to the Owners and Jockeys Association. “We are looking for more sponsors and doing the hill prep,” Orr said. “We’ve been busting tail on the hill. I worked Monday (July 15) late into the night with Louis (Zacherle) and Montana (Pakootas) up there.” Sponsors are still needed for several buckles. “We are always in need of help,” she said of volunteers. Those wishing to be a sponsor or volunteer can contact Orr at 509-634-1313. “I volunteered to go out and get sponsors,” Zacherle said. “It’s been a little slow, but we’ve been getting it done. We’ve made more money this year than we have ever done. “But it’s everybody’s first year. We’ve managed to stick through it and I think we are doing a pretty good job. We did not get handed nothing. They (outgoing officers) just said ‘you
are on your own.’” “We’re just trying to make it through this year,” Jack said. “Everything has been last minute. We are doing things from the hip, trying to get this year’s event done. It’s already a month away,” she said in midJuly. The new leaders replace officers and volunteers who resigned Jan. 30 in support of president and race director Stephanie “Pete” Palmer. She left her role after personal attacks that came after a problem in the paddock area last summer. At the time, Palmer was exiled to the top of the hill. Joining Palmer in walking out were Richard Wippel, vice president and race starter; Louie Floyd, treasurer; Raynee St. Pierre, secretary; Jennifer Torgeson, Bev Abrahamson and Joy Abrahamson, race representatives; Ernie Williams and Wes “Stretch” Cleveland, five-man committee; Jason Palmer, starting line; Doc Walker and Polly Peasley, rescue trailers; Terry Tonasket, Jet Ski rescue; Dan DeWeert, race
veterinarian; and many volunteers who assisted the team. Association member Preston Boyd said at the time of the resignations the group had a zero-tolerance policy concerning drugs and alcohol, and Palmer’s arrest for marijuana possession during last year’s Stampede “created a big divide.” Palmer received a deferred prosecution for marijuana possession in January that could lead to dismissal of the charge. Her attorney, Steve Graham, said she had a medical marijuana card and used the drug to alleviate pain from Grave’s Disease. “We all know that Pete stepped down,” Carden said during February’s election of officers. “We’re not looking backward. We’re trying to move forward, positive. We can make it better.” Boyd, who led the effort to unseat Palmer, encouraged the new committee to make the annual Suicide Race fun again. “Most of us hung our hats on the rules,” he said. “And she broke the rules.”
Expectations soar for race Four-time champ could be favored to repeat success By Al Camp The Chronicle OMAK — The Calcutta for the horses in the World-Famous Suicide Race should soar this year, especially for four-time champ Loren Marchand aboard Taz (owned by Jim Phillips) and three-time champ Tyler Peasley. The 12year-old Taz returned last year to win all four races, including starting in the No. 1 and worst starting p o s i t i o n Thursday night. The Marchand horse’s record on the hill is 14 wins in 16 races, with second-place finishes in the other two races. Taz and Marchand, who also won the overall titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010, did not race in 2011 after the horse found it difficult to swim in the swollen Okanogan River. The horse was ready for a somewhat high river in 2012. Peasley won the 2011 title aboard Patch in higher-thannormal water levels. Peasley also won on Reuben (owned by Vern and Julie Lelone) in 2005 and 2006. The Chronicle
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Video offers one Suicide contestant’s perspective OMAK — For those wanting a different view of the WorldFamous Suicide Race, check out the video at http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY 5fbHnXSFs. A video camera was mounted on jockey Rocky Timentwa (riding Progress) during Sunday’s final race in 2012. He placed second overall last year. He is expected to be one of the top contenders again this year in the 78th annual running of the competition.
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Edward Marchand on Blue, left, and Ryan Cate on SKARTAR hit the Okanogan River in last year’s Sunday race. “We have been pulling weeds and throwing rocks out of the bottom of the hill, smoothing the washouts, cleaning brush and watering the hill,” Owners and Jockeys Association member Louis Zacherle said July 16. “We are just waiting for the water to come down for this weekend’s practices. The water is still kind of high. I don’t know if they will let us practice.” Vet checks and possible swim and hill tests were scheduled for Friday, July 19, through Sunday, July 21. Practices were to resume Friday, July 26. Entries will open if horses have been able to practice in the river. Entries were to close Saturday, July 27, provided horses were able to practice in the river and pass swim and hill tests. Elimination races were set for July 28, if more than 20 horses were entered.
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Race from 9 Should the river remain high as it was last year, the schedule would be put off a week, Owners and Jockeys Association Secretary Trisha Jack said. Rocky Timentwa should be considered one of the favorites, too. He rode Progress (owned by Arnold Abrahamson) to second overall last year. The horse had a second and two thirds. “They have Timentwa been hitting the lake pretty hard,” Timentwa said of Abrahamson and the horse. “He’s been training pretty hard up where he lives near Camp Progress in the hills. We had him at the track over there at Nespelem, put some wind in him.” Progress won several endurance races last year and one this year in the Kartar Valley.
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Montana Pakootas works a horse during practice last year.
Zacherle is being pulled in many directions this spring. “We are trying to get ready for the race,” he said. “I’ve been so busy racing it’s been difficult. There’s been a lot of things going on this year for me. I’ve been pretty busy.” One direction pulling Zacherle is the opportunity to be a jockey at races in Portland, Ore., and Emerald Downs in Auburn. “I just got off the phone with my agent,” he said in mid-July. “He wanted to know if I could ride in Portland. They are hurting for jockeys.” Zacherle, 26, wants to enter the Suicide Race, where he may ride Lariat owned by Chuck McKinney. Lariat won the endurance race at the Nespelem Celebration Rodeo earlier this month. He rode his first race at 16, but suffered an injury that placed him in a two-week coma. “I about died once off that hill,” he said. “It don’t bother me, there’s no flashbacks. It’s been a journey. I like living life on the edge, I guess.”
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Encampment slated for park Tribal drummers, dancers take to East Side pavillion The Chronicle OMAK – The annual Omak Stampede Indian Encampment opens Thursday, Aug. 8, and runs through Sunday with dancing, drumming and stick game competitions. The encampment is in the northeast corner of East Side Park. Parking is available adjacent to the dance pavilion; there is a charge to park. The encampment chairwoman is Teresa Best. Host drum is Iron Spirit, winner of the 2012 drumming contest. Masters of ceremonies are Arnie Baptiste and Emery Wilson, and the arena director is Walter Williams. Head drum judge will be George Meninick Jr.
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Drummers keep the beat during the 2012 Omak Stampede Indian Encampment. Arts, crafts and food vendors will open Thursday. Grand entries are planned for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Stick games will be ongoing throughout the weekend. Closing ceremonies are at 6 p.m. Sunday, and include announcement of dancing and drumming winners, and retirement of flags.
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Queen fulfills lifelong dream Breanna Howell has been ‘extraordinary’ example of royalty By Jennifer Marshall The Chronicle OMAK – This year’s Miss Omak Stampede was born with a love of rodeo and Western culture. “My first Stampede was actually when my mom was pregnant with me,” Queen B r e a n n a Howell said. Howell, 18, Howell of Tonasket, is the daughter of Marcie and Kyle Howell of Tonasket. She has had her eye on the crown most of her life. “I have wanted to be a rodeo queen ever since I met Miss Rodeo Washington when I was probably 5 at Tonasket Founders Day,” she said. “In third-grade, I was a rodeo queen for Halloween and I borrowed a kid’s saddle and put it on my dog.” The experience has been “busy, but super rewarding,” Howell said. “Being Miss Omak Stampede has been the most amazing experience I could have asked for,” she said. “While I love the arena runs and goofing off with the other queens, the kids are my favorite part. I love the looks on their faces when they can say ‘Hi’ to my horse or when they get a picture and autograph with me.” “Breanna has done an extraordinary job of representing the community,” Stampede royalty adviser Millie Gann said. “She prepared a Facebook page for Miss Omak Stampede, and on that she puts pictures and excerpts of everything that she’s
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Queen from 13 done throughout the year. She’s also cultivated friendships throughout the Northwest. Because of that, we have a lot of visiting royalty coming from afar.” At least seven of the visitors are women she met last month at the Calgary Stampede. Howell got her first taste of royalty life in 2011 as the Okanogan County Junior Rodeo queen. Last year, she carried the flag for DeTro’s Western Store in the Omak Stampede Parade of Flags. Another aspect of the rodeo she anticipates is the surprises
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that happen in the arena. “Over the years, I have seen the animal athletes do some crazy things,” she said. “This year, a bull missed the gate and went through a wire panel fence, a steer stopped right before the wrestler jumped off his horse, and a bucking horse just walked out of the chute and refused to buck.” She has competed in a few junior rodeos herself with her 8year-old, 16.2-hand quarter horse, Legs. Howell has been riding for about eight years. She and Legs qualified for the 2012 Washington State 4-H Fair in Puyallup and have competed in
Backcountry Horsemen trail competitions. Through 4-H, they’ve done Western games, showing and performance. Howell also has been involved with FFA and Okanogan County 4-H Teen Leaders. Her FFA horse team took second place this year at state and 11th place last year. She works as a page at the Tonasket Public Library, and she’s a photography major at Eastern Washington University. She also hopes eventually to do equine massage therapy. In what little spare time she has, “my nose is in a book, I’m on my horse, or I’m spending time with friends and family,” Howell
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Malone reigns as marshal City administrator ‘delighted’ to be selected for honor The Chronicle OMAK — Being born and raised in Omak, Ralph Malone has many childhood memories about Omak Stampede. “We didn’t go every year, but as a kid I could walk over and watch the Suicide Race from the top of the hill, and I did that just about every year,” the Omak City Administrator said. This year, Malone, 63, will serve as grand marshal of the annual event’s parade. “To me it’s Malone a great honor,” he said. “I was really stunned % % % % !
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come, Malone said. “Previous times, it would host the Stampede and demolition derby and small events like barrel club racing,” Malone said. “Essentially, it wasn’t very heavily used. At this point, there’s something going there almost every weekend.” Malone took over as city administrator of Omak in 2007, after spending more than five years as the city clerk in Okanogan.
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Youth get their own event Kids’ Night features games, contests and entertainment By Jennifer Marshall The Chronicle OMAK – For an hour before the cowboys take center stage on the first night of Stampede, it’s all about the children. Wrangler Kids’ Night begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, in the rodeo arena. Children age 12 and under are invited to participate in the free event, which has been running “delighted and honored to be chosen.” Malone graduated from Omak High School in 1968, before obtaining a degree in forestry and working for the state of Washington until 1983. He went on to spend 18 years about 16 years. “We try to make it fun, and fast and furious,” organizer Wendy Hensarling said. “It’s just a good time with games and rodeo entertainers, and kids and prizes.” Games include the “famous” stick horse race, a boot race and a hay scramble. Goody bags are given out to 250-300 children, so everyone leaves with something. In the best-dressed contest, the audience chooses its favorites in each age group. “It’s really fun to watch all the kids who are dressed up in their fancy Western outfits,” Hensarling said. “They’re so
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Western outfits will prevalent at Kids’ Night.
cute.” Rodeo clown J.J. Harrison and bullfighters Tim Vredenberg and Rowdy Barry, along with Miss Omak Stampede Breanna Howell, will be on hand to meet the children and sign autographs. Family Night follows at 7 p.m., when children age 12 and under can get free admission to the rodeo. The limit is two free admissions with the purchase of one adult ticket in certain sections. Tickets can be purchased at the Stampede office next to the arena, 421 Stampede Drive E.
Marshal from 14 The grand parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Although Malone said he believes there are people more worthy of the distinction, he’s
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Awards and Sponsors • Best of Show - sponsored by Dr. Phil Hartkorn • Best Western - sponsored by Koala Street Grill • Best Native American - sponsored by Sunrise Disposal • Heritage - sponsored by Precht-HarrisonNearents Chapel • Poster - sponsored by Jeff Klimek/Freel’s Refrigeration • People's Choice - no sponsor, recipient receives a plaque
2013 poster art for the Okanogan County Artists Western and Native Art Show by Bob Walton
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Entertainers return to Omak Announcer, bull fighters, clown all the same as 2012 The Chronicle OMAK — Announcer Steve Kenyon would know a worldclass rodeo when he sees one. Kenyon announced his first event in 1985 and has been a fixture in the rodeo scene ever since, covering more than 40 events a year all across the nation. “You get a Saturday night audience in Omak and there aren’t very many like it,” Kenyon said. Kenyon, as well as clown J.J. Harrison, and bullf i g h t e r s Rowdy Barry and Tim Vredenburg, make up a group of veterans that Barry have plenty of experience at Omak Stampede. The Omak Stampede has become one of Kenyon’s regularly scheduled stops. He first announced Stampede in the early 2000s and has done every rodeo since 2006. Kenyon said changes that were made to the “beautiful” arena in 2009 have made it one of the more fan-friendly venues in the country. The stadium puts the crowd
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Steve Kenyon calls the Stampede action during the 2012 event; he’ll be back this year. “right on top of the action,” he said. “There’s so many things that we haven’t done anywhere else. We get rodeo fans from all over the world. Some make this their vacation every year. Some have never made it there before and those people have fallen in love with it just like the rest.” Kenyon has earned acclaim as one of the top announcers in the sport, having earned the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year Award and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Media Award during his career. In addition to his announcing duties, Kenyon is also the owner of prorodeolive.com, which produces live broadcasts of
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Acts from 19 signature pro rodeo events, including the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He is a graduate Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. Harrison is an Okanogan native who now calls Walla Walla home. He is best known for his wild antics, dancing and “fat” suits. He works dozens of shows throughout the West and has won barrelman of the year honors in the Northwest Professional Rodeo Association multiple times. Harrison, a Washington State University graduate, was the lone rodeo clown to work the 2012 National Finals Rodeo. Vredenburg is from Roseburg, Ore., while Barry is from Kennewick. Vredenburg has spent most of his life around rodeo, beginning in 1994.
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J.J. Harrison prepares to toss a football into the Omak Stampede Arena stands.
He earned his Northwest Professional Bull Fighting card and was named top bull fighter for two years with the organization, then became a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association cardholder in 1996. He is a member of the Santiam Canyon Stampede Hall of Fame in Sublimity, Ore. In addition to his role as bull fighter, Barry is also a wellrespected Western-style artist and the owner of Wild R Ranch, which raises Corriente cattle. His rodeo resume includes the National Finals Rodeo, the Dodge National Circuit Finals and the National High School Finals Rodeo. He joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1986. Although bull fighting became his calling, bullriding was what got him started in the sport. “I tried riding bulls for a while, really tried a lot more than I actually rode,” he said.
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Dirt bike show aims to thrill The Chronicle OMAK — WI FMX, a motorcycle and four-wheeler stunt team, will entertain rodeogoers on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Omak Stampede. The Wisconsin-based group is led by Cody Cavanaugh, who has been riding professionally for 11 years. Cavanaugh is known as one of the few riders in the country capable of doing backflips on both a dirt bike and a fourwheeler. WI FMX has performed shows all over the world, including major rodeos in Iowa, Colorado and Minnesota. Other members of the team include Josh Mertens, Charles Bush, Mike Kieper, Ed Rossis and Jack Gross. With a wide variety of styles and tricks, “the crowd will be headed for a heart-pounding action-filled event,” the team’s website said.
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Artists show off their work The 33rd annual show will feature a variety of styles By Jennifer Marshall The Chronicle OMAK – Artists throughout the state will display their work, ranging from printmaking to oil paintings, Aug. 8-11 at the 33rd annual Okanogan County Artists Western and Native Art Show. Those wanting to absorb local culture and beauty while beating the heat can stop at The Courtyard Downtown, 28 N. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 8-10, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11. A reception will be from 2-5 p.m. Aug. 10, with a live art auction beginning at 3 p.m. The majority of the featured artists hail from North-Central Washington. Artists scheduled to participate include: • Robert Walton, Spokane – A return exhibitor at the art show, one of Walton’s oil paintings can also be seen as the poster of this year’s show. • Don Nutt, Coulee City – Nutt’s work can be seen all over town – one of his paintings is featured on this year’s Stampede Nutt poster. He works in oil, acrylic and mixed media, and enjoys learning about local history as well as depicting it in his work. • Barbara Conner-Reed, Okanogan – With more than 15 years under her belt, Reed works
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Miss Rodeo Washington Queen Kylie Kooistra displays artwork during the 2012 Omak Western and Native Art Show auction.
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Art from 22 years under her belt, Reed works primarily in pastel, oil and watercolor. She experiments with mixing media on specialized sanded paper and creating abstract and impressionist pieces. • David Craig, Eatonville – The Native and Norwegian descendant works in acrylic, oil and mixed media. He is a graduate of the Seattle Art Institute, and one of his paintings was featured on the 2012 art show poster. • LeElla Day, Granite Falls – Day’s wildlife paintDay ings are well known in much of North America and England. A native of Omak, she has specialized in animal portraits for more than 40 years and works with watercolor, oil and even pen and ink. • Esther Hinger, Brewster –
The oil and watercolor painter is another Omak native. A retired nurse, she has always been a crafter but took up the fine arts once her children were grown. • Georgia Orr Tongel, Omak – A member of the Colville Confederated Tribes and descendant of the Okanogan and Wenatchee bands, much of Tongel’s heritage can be found in her oil and acrylic paintings. • Tina Tongel Reeve Tharp, Brewster – Watercolor, mixed media and printmaking are among some of Tharp’s artistic skills. She is a fine arts teacher for the Pateros School District. Tharp • Cheryl Grunlose, Coulee Dam –
Working in mixed media, Grunlose specializes in ledger art and depicting historical events. “I do current and past stories on old antique papers,” she said in a biography. Her work involves collages with old family photos and acrylic paint. • Betty Billups, Spokane – Billups works primarily in oil, creating paintings of plein air landscapes and people with Native American and Hispanic heritage, among other subjects. She has been featured in national and international art shows and magazines, and headed an advertising campaign for 10 years for the Plein Air Painters of America. In 1977, she had her first solo museum exhibit at the Montana Historical Society when the U.S. Army commissioned her to paint Sacajawea. • George Traicheff, Oroville – An “en plein air” artist, some of Traicheff’s Traicheff works will
include watercolor and lithography. He has studied in Montreal, Canada and New York, and his paintings can be found in the collections of Prince Philip, various celebrities, the Swedish and Mexican Embassies and the United Arab Emirates Sheiks. • Everett Russell, Republic – The award-winning oil painter has been featured in the Top 100 of Arts for the Parks Show and the Oil Painters of America Show. His paintings – mostly with Southwest and Old West themes – can also be found in collections in the U.S., Canada, Western Europe and Japan. “No matter what the subjects is, to be good art, it has to touch the viewer,” Russell said. Other pieces on display will be from Ardell Burgess of Okanogan; Judy Moses of Keller, and members of the Okanogan County Artists Association, including Rebecca Myers, Alice Ellis, Julie Autry, Charlene Monger, Wanda Wertz, Pamela Monnin and Nelda Patison. Several awards will be given in different categories. No admission is charged, but donations are welcome.
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Empty saddles pay tribute Donna Short, Sandy Thomas will be honored at rodeo By Dee Camp The Chronicle OMAK – Two longtime Stampede volunteers – one whose family ties go back to the rodeo’s beginnings 80 years ago – will be honored during empty saddle memorial ceremonies in this year’s show. Riderless horses will be led around the arena in honor of Sandy Thomas and Donna Short, both of whom died earlier this year. The memorial for Thomas will be during the Saturday rodeo performance. She died Jan. 12. Short’s memorial tribute will be during the Friday rodeo performance. She died May 12. Both dedicated years of volunteer service to the rodeo organization. Thomas, 74, was an Omak native and the daughter of Claire and Mildred Pentz. Claire Pentz, an early Stampede publicity chairman, suggested the addition of the Suicide Race in 1935 to lend more excitement to the fledgling rodeo. The race was patterned after a mountain race run by Indians for many years in the Keller area. Thomas found her Stampede niche with the grand parade, and served as its organizer for several decades. She also volunteered as a ticket seller alongside her grandson, Anthony Thomas. She was inducted into the Omak Stampede Hall of Fame in 2005 as the first child of another Hall of Fame member to be given
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The late Sandy Thomas shows off her Omak Stampede Hall of Fame statuette after being inducted into the hall in 2005.
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Tribute from 25 the rodeo organization’s highest honor. “Stampede has been a part of our family for 70 years,” son Jeff Thomas said during his mother’s induction. Besides volunteering for Stampede for more than 30 years, she also volunteered for the Omak Junior Civic League and Omak Chamber of Commerce. Thomas worked in the family business, Pentz Furniture, and later for KOMW Radio. She also owned and operated Craft Country store and later sold real estate. The second empty saddle memorial will honor Short, a longtime Stampede board volunteer and Omak City Council member. She was remembered as a strong-willed woman with a heart of gold at her passing at age 86. “She gave anything she possibly could. She was a tremendous person for Stampede,” longtime Stampede volunteer Ed Thiele said.
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The late Donna Short, a longtime Stampede volunteer and Omak City Council member, will be honored with an empty saddle memorial presentation. Omak Mayor Cindy Gagne, who served for several years on the council with Short, said Short loved Omak and would mentor new council members.
Short was inducted into the Omak Stampede Hall of Fame in 2000 and also had been honored as the Omak Chamber of Commerce citizen of the year. She served for 22 years on the Stampede board, was secretary for several years, and on the City Council for more than 30 years. She was a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Gold Card holder and was named to the Stampede honorary (emeritus) board after leaving the active board. “She worked with us while she was on the council,” Thiele
said. “She did a great job for us.” Short also was involved in her sons’ activities, from youth baseball to high school sports and Boy Scouts, and with the North Central Educational Service District Board, Okanogan Valley Soroptimist Club, Ora Yarwood Orthopedic Guild, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee and Omak First Presbyterian Church (now Community Presbyterian Church). She worked for the state Employment Security Department and for two doctors.
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Members of the Okanogan Oldie Goldies Red Hat Society wave to the crowd during the 2012 Stampede Grand Parade.
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Parades from 27 county fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail Road. A leisurely event, the Ride-in makes its way south to state Highway 20, crosses the bridge and then heads north to Omak, arriving at the Stampede arena by about 11:30 a.m. Registration will be from 6-8 a.m. The youth parade is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, in Civic League Park, located next to the Omak Public Library, 30 S. Ash St. This year’s theme is “The Lone Ranger Rides Again.” Lineup is at 8 a.m., and judging starts at 9 a.m. Participants can compete for awards in several categories, including motorized scooters and four-wheelers; bikes, trikes and wagons; clowns and hobos; cowboys and cowgirls; decorated horse with a cowboy or Indian rider; kids with pets; small and large floats; Hispanics in native dress as a group and as individuals, and Native
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Chewelah’s 2012 royalty get down to the music on their colorful, sea-loving float in the grand parade. American boys and girls. The grand parade debuts at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11. Line-up is on Okoma Drive. Judging will be between 8:309:30 a.m. The parade will feature “visiting royalty, floats, classic cars and a returning crowd favorite, the Seattle All School Band,” parade committee chairwoman Jodi Coggins said. Ralph Malone, the Omak city administrator, is this year’s grand marshal. Registration forms for the youth and grand parades are available at www.omakstampede.org.
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Group anchors gospel stage Christians in Action provides music, speakers for rodeo The Chronicle OMAK — A Native American drummer, a mountain music lover, a Vietnam veteran and a woman healed from leukemia will grace the Christians in Action Gospel Stage at the Omak Stampede. They’ll be joined by local musicians for the outreach from Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 8-11, in the Triangle Park area between the carnival and rodeo arena. Christians in Action is a local, interdenominational, non-profit corporation. Music begins around 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and continues until after the rodeo Friday and Saturday evenings. Guest speakers are Jerry Chapman, Kathy Peterson and Pat Parks. Chapman, a First Nations “Drumspeaker to the Nations,” ministers to his local community in Cowlitz County and throughout the Pacific Northwest, Canada and overseas. He offers prophetic worship through drumming, and presents the Gospel of Jesus to First Nations people in a culturally relevant way, Christians in Action President Kathleen Christensen said. He makes most of the drums and percussion instruments he uses, and teaches traditional drum crafting, First Nations customs and traditions. He has served in many ministries in the church, including on the street and in prison and juvenile detention,
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Christians from 29 she said. Chapman took courses with Lamplighter International, the Vancouver School of Theology and was ordained under the ministerial staff of Evangel Christian Fellowship in May 2002. Later that summer he was commissioned as Gatekeeper of the Columbia River Region by the ministry of 120 Drums. His wife, Leslie, is a full-time volunteer with the ministry, handling all office and communications matters and serving as the ministry’s treasurer. He is a truck driver for a Longview firm and will participate Saturday at the stage. Peterson enjoys bringing bluegrass gospel and mountain music to audiences, including the Omak Gospel Stage for the past three years, Christensen said. A U.S. Forest Service retiree, former Methow Valley resident and strategic planning consultant, Peterson and her husband, Rod, live in Southern California and are full-time
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Members of Loose Change perform during the 2012 outreach. RV’ers. They enjoy traveling throughout the U.S. for several months each year. Her group, “Loose Change,” will perform Thursday and Saturday evenings. Other group members are Brenda Behrent, April Garbat, Jerry Oliver, and Don and Lyn Pearce. Parks, a Spokane resident, will return to the stage again. She and her late husband, Don, were married for 54 years and wore out five buses traveling the U.S., Canada and Mexico performing country gospel music, Christensen said. They had been regulars at the Gospel Stage since the 1970s. Parks, a sister of Omak resident Lorie Cranfill, will be joined by Joe Evans on pedal guitar and others Saturday and Sunday at the Western Church Service. Omak resident Jim Martens will speak at the Sunday Western Church Service at 8:30 a.m. Martens, a Vietnam veteran, grew up in Port Orchard and then spent 25 years in the Methow Valley. He now lives on a 22-acre ranch near Omak with wife, Rhonda. Along with the service, Christians in Action will offer a
free continental breakfast, and then encourage visitors to join it and the Omak Stampede in honoring military veterans on Sunday. The service will end before the grand parade and will include a free-will offering. Other activities include a Spanish language service at 7 p.m. Saturday, led by members of Pastor Raul Martinez’s Church of the Third Day in Tonasket; youth night from 5-9 p.m. Friday, led by Josh Richards of Omak First Baptist Church; and children’s crafts on Saturday. In 1973, members of the Omak Presbyterian Church brought KEY ’73 Bibles and the first cowboy praise service to the Omak Stampede. “Stampeders for Christ” continued yearly with participants from Omak Free Methodist Church and Christian Businessmen’s Association bringing music, cookies, ice water, coffee and Bibles to the rodeo grounds. The group helped the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office care for lost children until their parents could be located. The group incorporated as Christians in Action in 1977.
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Fran Marchand, Omak, attempts to complete a ride in the bareback event at the 2012 Omak Stampede PRCA Rodeo. This year’s rodeo features 334 contestants who have signed up, and will run four straight days from Aug. 8-11. The WorldFamous Suicide Race will follow the rodeo each night.
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