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Phone: 360.337.4598

Date: November 9, 2006
Contact: Lauran Erickson
Phone: (360) 337-5350
No. 06-92

Kitsap Fair & Stampede Receives National Recognition

PORT 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.

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