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Montana Pro Rodeo Hall & Wall

of Fame Weathers Tornado

 

July 2010 Issue  

     The tornado that tore through Billings, MT, the afternoon of June 20, 2010, destroying the Rimrock Auto Arena in MetraPark, left the 18-foot bronze statue of six-time World Champion saddle bronc rider Dan Mortenson at the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall Fame “alive and well,” according to Bill Kennedy, Yellowstone County Commissioner.

     The Wall of Fame is set in a grove of pines near the entrance of the main event arena in MetraPark. It is a tribute to the many champion, professional rodeo cowboys and cowgirls of Montana . The sculpture of Mortenson on the bronc, Tee Box, is the focus of the monument.

     Kennedy, who is also on the Board of Directors of the Wall of Fame, was at the site soon after the tornado hit to assess damage to MetraPark structures and the Wall of Fame.

     “There is a lot of debris and some damage to the granite “Brand Blocks” (a display of Montana-registered ranch brands). We will take those down and store them for future re-installation. All the trees in the whole area were broken off and it’s a mess, but we are going ahead with planned events. The fair night shows will be held in the grandstand area, just like old times.”

     Kennedy reported that the older portion of the Wall of Fame seemed to be fine, but the newer portion, that is under construction, bore some damage.

     “It will be a while before anything can be done with the new wall. We will need to clean up, erect fences and assess what to do next,” Kennedy explains.

     Kennedy says that a lot of folks were calling to offer help and that there would be a community cleanup day scheduled, with a date to be announced.

            If anyone would like to help, financially or physically, with the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, which raises scholarship funds for Montana high school rodeo athletes, contact President Mike Okragly at 406-652-4446. More information about the Wall of Fame is at www.montanaprorodeo.org.

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