‘Come Ride With Us!’

ND Cowboy Hall of Fame looks to the future

le, second from left, is shown with her painting of Sacagawea at a Meet the Artist reception held Oct. 20, 2021, at the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame’s Center of Western Heritage & Cultures in Medora. Also shown from the left are Semple’s husband, Mike; Garth Myers, NDCHF District 5 chair from Minot; and Dale Myers, District 5 trustee from Minot.

MEDORA – Minot will be the site of the 2023 North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame’s annual meeting. This will be the second time in the history of the organization the annual meeting has been held in Minot.

The annual meeting has been scheduled for Feb. 17-19, 2023, in the Clarion Hotel and Convention Center.

Rick Thompson, N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame (NDCHF) executive director, said 350-400 people are expected to attend the Minot annual meeting.

Anyone who would like to help plan the event is welcome to attend NDCHF’s District 5 meetings held in Minot. For more information about scheduled meetings contact the NDCHF office in Medora at 623-2000 or Kathy Warberg, NDCHF District 5 secretary, at 701-720-3234 or email kwarberg80@gmail.com. NDCHF membership is not required to assist with annual meeting plans.

Each year’s annual meeting includes testimonies given about those nominated for induction in the Hall of Honorees that year. The induction ceremony is held in June in Medora.

The Hall of Fame observed its 25th anniversary in 2020. Now the organization is looking ahead to the future.

Special educational events are being planned at NDCHF’s Center of Western Heritage & Cultures in Medora to increase engagement with the public.

“We’re trying to be more interactive with everybody whether they’re from in town or tourists, especially in the summer but we’d like to do it year-round,” said Thompson.

A Meet the Artist event with artist Denise Semple of Sioux City, Iowa, on Oct. 20, 2021, at the Center kicked off the educational event series. Semple’s painting of Sacagawea, the interpreter and guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition, commissioned by NDCHF District 5 trustee Dale Myers of Minot, was featured at the event.

Jessie Veeder of Watford City will start the summer’s Educational Initiative Series in the center on Friday, July 8, from 1-3 p.m. She will read from her book “Prairie Princess,” teaching kids about the western lifestyle, play music, and sign books.

This year NDCHF has been selected as the grand marshal of the North Dakota State Parade to be held on Saturday, July 23, during the North Dakota State Fair in Minot.

In more recent years the organization has held a raffle to raise money for the organization. Sales of the tickets include at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot.

2022 Events

The following is a list of 2022 N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame (NDCHF) events (times are for the time zones of the location):

Friday, April 29

Premiere Sponsor Dinner – 5 p.m.

Roughrider Hotel, Medora

Saturday, April 30

NDCHF 2022 Season Premiere – 5 p.m.

NDCHF Center, Medora

Thursday June 16

Induction Sponsor Dinner – 5 p.m.

Roughrider Hotel, Medora

Friday, June 17

Induction Dinner on the Patio – 5 p.m.

NDCHF Center, Medora

Saturday, June 18

Trustee Breakfast — 8 a.m.

NDCHF Center Patio

Saturday, June 18

NDCHF’s Hall of Honorees Induction Ceremony — 12-4 p.m.

Tjaden Terrace, Medora

Friday, July 8

Jessie Veeder “Prairie Princess” Kids Book Signing and Music — 1 p.m.

NDCHF Center

Wednesday, July 13-Saturday, July 16

Presidents Club Trip

Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Saturday, July 23

National Day of the Cowboy Celebration

Cowboy Music & Cowboy Poetry throughout the day

NDCHF Center, Medora

Friday, July 22-Saturday, July 30

North Dakota State Fair

N.D. State Fairgrounds, Minot

Friday, Aug. 5

Home on the Range Calcutta – 5 p.m

NDCHF Center Patio, Medora

Saturday Aug. 6

Home on the Range: Champions Saddle Bronc Match – 1 p.m.

Sentinel Butte

Wednesday, Aug. 10

Day of the Plains Horse People

NDCHF Center, Medora

North Dakota Cutting Horse Association State Finals – August (Tentative)

Ranch-O-Rama Arena, Medora

Thursday, Sept. 8

North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Golf Scramble – 10:30 a.m.

Bully Pulpit Golf Course, Medora

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23-24

ND Rodeo Association Finals Rodeo

Watford City

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 23-24

Y’s Mens PBR


Friday-Saturday, Oct. 7-8

Brad Gjermundson Extreme Bronc Match – 7p.m. nightly

4 Bears Casino, New Town

Friday, Oct. 14-Sunday, Oct. 16

NDCHF Gun Raffle — Drawing Saturday, Oct. 15

Badlands Circuit Finals, Minot

Friday, Oct. 28

NDCHF “East Greets West” Benefit Dinner & Auction – 5 p.m.

Avalon Events Center, Fargo

Saturday, Nov. 12

Fall Gather – 5 p.m.


Friday, Dec. 2-Sunday, Dec. 4

Medora’s Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas

NDCHF Center, Medora

Wednesday, Dec. 7

NDCHF’s Annual NFR Gathering

Park MGM, Las Vegas, Nev.


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