November 9, 2006
Contact: Lauran Erickson
Phone: (360) 337-5350
Kitsap Fair & Stampede Receives National Recognition
ORCHARD, WAŚThe Kitsap County Fair & Stampede in Bremerton recently
received award nominations from two national organizations. The fair
was recognized by the Women's Professional Rodeo Association as a nominee
for Large Committee of the Year. Members of the WPRA Board of Directors
nominate organizations and individuals for their important contributions to
the sport of women's rodeo. Bremerton was competing against ten other large
cities nationwide, including Denver, CO; San Antonio, TX; Salt Lake
City, UT; and Colorado Springs, CO, this year's winner.
The fair also received a nomination for Medium Rodeo Committee of the Year
(for rodeos with added purses between $3,000 and
$9,999) from the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PCRA).
Bremerton will be competing against Deadwood, SD; Ogden, UT; Phillipsburg,
KS; and Sheridan, WY.
The fair also received confirmation that they are attracting the best of the
best, when cowboys and personnel Kitsap contracts with received nominations
from all seven categories, including ten-time PRCA Announcer of the Year
Randy Corley of Silverdale; two-time and reigning Comedy Act of the Year
Troy Lerwill; Secretary Judy Ackley; Stock Contractor Ike Sankey;
Bullfighters Darrell Diefenbach, Joe Baumgartner (2005 winner) and Shorty
Gorham; Clowns Keith Isley and Troy Lerwill; Specialty Act Dress Keith
Islely; and Specialty Act Comedy Keith Isley, Mark Swingler (2005 winner)
and Troy Lerwill.
"From this list, you can see we're doing things right," said Lauran
Erickson, Fair and Special Events Manager, who co-manages the fair with
Frank Abbott. "We attract the top cowboys and contract personnel in the
sport of pro rodeo. These nominations are the direct
result of a wonderful partnership with fair management, the fair board, the
Wranglers and the Cowpokes."
Each year prior to the beginning of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, PCRA
recognizes the best in contract personnel, a group of individuals ranging
from announcers, stock contractors, bullfighters and clowns to secretaries
and rodeo committees. Votes by the top 100
contestants in all events plus stock contractors and rodeo committees
determine the winners. This year's winners will be announced at the
2006 PRCA Annual Awards Banquet on November 29 at the South Point Hotel
Casino in Las Vegas.