GLENWOOD KETCHUM CALF RODEO
PHOTO BY DAN KLEINSMITH OF HOOD RIVER
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HISTORY OF THE GLENWOOD RODEO
Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest nestled at the base of Mt. Adams(12,276) is the small community of Glenwood . Glenwood, Wa is the home of the “Ketchum Kalf” rodeo. The first rodeo was held in 1934 under the name of “Mt Adams Cattle Association”. It was held at the old Conboy Place (west of where the Lazy Dazy S is today). It was held on July 4th and was used as entertainment for the CAMAS PRAIRIE AND VICINITY PIONEER ASSOCIATION. In the beginning it was held in an open field without chutes, corrals or grandstands. The horses and cattle were supplied by the local farmers and ranchers, The cowboys were the locals!
In 1937 the rodeo was moved to the Bert Lane Place(right behind the Post Office). It was still a bunch of farmers and ranchers having fun in a field!!
In 1941 it was moved to its present day site just west of Glenwood. The land was donated to the Glenwood Rodeo Association by Pete Conboy. In 1943 the name was changed to the “Ketchum Kalf” rodeo.
The Enterprise, White Salmon, WA., June 19, 1936, page 1
GLENWOOD CROWDED WITH CELEBRANTS ON PIONEER DAY
Speeches, Parade, Music and Dancing
Nine Hundred People Enjoy Thrilling Rodeo, Winners of Events
(By Bob Meresse)
A crowd estimated at about 900 persons attended the big one-day celebration of the Camas Prairie Pioneers in Glenwood last Friday. The festivities started out at 10 o'clock in the morning with the election of officers for the association and immediately following came speaking by many prominent men of the Camas Prairie section. Teunis J. Wyers, a former resident of the Glenwood community and now an attorney in Hood River, was the main speaker of the day.
The big steer which was barbecued the night before was the next center of attraction with everyone getting a heaping plate of the delicious meat. Following the big barbecue the crowd wandered about town, filling the stores and confectioneries to overflowing. The big parade which was scheduled for 1:30 was a half hour late in starting, due to the large number of participants. Every ranch owner in the Camas Prairie section was entered in this colorful pageant of the Old West. Old-time wagons, carts and for that matter any kind of conveyance was used. Glenwood high school's six-piece band furnished the music for the march into town, while the fine Goldendale band furnished the music at the rodeo grounds.
The parade started on the old road, half a mile north of Glenwood, passed through Glenwood and circled back to the rodeo grounds where it disbanded.
The gay costumes worn by the cowboys and the old weather-beaten, torn outfits of the prospectors presented a pleasing picture. The attire worn by those in the parade varied from English riding habits to cowboy outfits and prospector's torn rags. Clowns and their donkeys supplied the comedy and fun that any celebration needs.
Immediately following the big parade, in which six floats and 75 riders were entered, the gates were opened for the big event of the day -- the rodeo. By actual count 98 cars were parked facing the rodeo grounds, it was estimated that there was an average of four people to a car, making a total something like 392 people watching it from the cars alone. An additional 350 people were sitting in the bleachers erected for the occasion. About 100 people from Bingen and White Salmon were there seeing the big show.
The first event on the rodeo program was the steer riding and the first man out was thrown in about three seconds. Two of the buckers had kind hearts and refused to buck, on the hole they showed plenty of action. In the bronk riding contest, the prize was all between Curtis Green, Ray Burgess and Baldy Margraf. Green won when he rode a horse that threw everyone last year. Baldy Margraf was third but rated really higher because he rode the champion bucker of last year's rodeo.
In the calf riding contest George Van Bibber won first with a ride that gave the fans plenty of thrills. He was loudly applauded. Henry Ladiges copped off second place with another bit of popular riding and he drew plenty of praise. Coincidence, or not, Van Bibber was the first entrant in the calf riding contest and he won first.
In the calf roping contest Lowell Shattuck, the clown (Homer for the day), won first and Homer Krall won second. These two were the only men to rope their calf.
In the wild cow milking contest, Alex Henry and Alex Jones tied for first. Russell Kreps won second. They had to rope a cow and then fill a pop bottle full of milk.
In steer riding, D.J. Morehead, took first place with seemingly great ease. It was a very fine ride. Ed Cooke took second and Homer Krall won third.
The winners in order:
Bronk Riding -
1 - Curtis Green
2 - Ray Burgess
3 - Baldy Markgraf
Steer Riding -
1 - D.J. Morehead
2 - Ed Cooke
3 - Homer Krall
Calf Riding -
1 - George Van Bibber
2 - Henry Ladiges
Calf Roping -
1 - Lowell Shattuck
2 - Homer Krall
Wild Cow Milking -
1 - Alex Henry and Alex Jones
2 - Russell Kreps
The champion bucking bronk was the big blue roan gelding, ridden by Curtiss Green for the championship.