On this, it's 92nd year of operation, the Sidney Iowa Championship Rodeo is being recognized by and entered into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.

On this, it's 92nd year of operation, the Sidney Iowa Championship Rodeo is being recognized by and entered into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.


This honor came about upon the nomination of R. W. Smith, but that nomination was not an automatic entry into the Hall of Fame.  According to Kent Sturman of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, many are nominated, but few make the cut each year.  Even more impressive, this was the first time the Sidney Iowa Championship Rodeo had ever been nominated, so it made it in on the first try.  Additionally, the Sidney Rodeo is the first rodeo in Iowa to make it into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame.


Sturman said there are several categories that may be entered into the Hall of Fame, including the cowboys and various specific events, stock contractors, rodeo committees (the category the Sidney Iowa Championship Rodeo is listed under), specialty acts and other contract personnel.


"The fact that the Sidney Rodeo made it in to the Hall of Fame the first year it was nominated," said Sturman, "speaks pretty highly of the committee and their Rodeo there."


According to Sturman the decision whether to include the Rodeo in the Hall of Fame or not was based on its longevity with the PRCA, its yearly success, its professionalism, and the fact that it is very popular with the cowboys.


For this prestigious honor, a Sidney Iowa Championship Rodeo display will be added to the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, their name and information added to the list of inductees, and the Rodeo will have the bragging rights to promote itself as a ProRodeo Hall of Fame Rodeo until the end of time.


According to their website, the Hall of Fame's Mission is:
"The ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy exists to educate the public about rodeo, its history, and its impact on Western American culture. The Hall of Fame will also provide recognition to rodeo notables of the past, present, and serve as an inspiration for the future."


Roger Eitzmann, a Sidney local, started volunteering at the Rodeo in 1971, selling tickets.  Eitzmann has volunteered every year since then, and watches the show every night.  


Eitzmann loves the Rodeo, and enjoys the events, but is even more proud of the way the community works together to put this show on every year.  Eitzmann says the performances are much the same as they were when he first started volunteering, with only the cast of characters changing.


While the cowboys and cowgirls who perform may be in it for the money, or experience, points or title, Eitzmann explains that the show goes on year after year because of the people who work to make it possible.


"Nobody's doing this for money," Eitzmann said, "they're doing it because they care."


Whatever the reason for its longevity, the Sidney Iowa Championship Rodeo lives on, and on August 8, it will be entered into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in an induction ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo.