N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame center unveils new exhibits

MEDORA Two area world champion rodeo cowboys are being honored with new and expanded exhibits in the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame Center of Western Heritage and Cultures in Medora.

Alvin Nelson of Grassy Butte and Brad Gjermundson of Marshall are featured in the exhibits.

On Saturday beginning at 6 p.m., the N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame will hold a special event to unveil the new exhibits as well as the premier of the video collection “Another Cowboy Moment,” featuring several cowboys and their memories of rodeo and ranching.

The Saturday event also is the unveiling of a new chapter for the center that now will be a yearround facility instead of a seasonal facility as it has been in the past. Kathy Miller, a Carrington native, is Medora site director.

Buck Taylor, best known for his eight-year run as Newly O’Brien on “Gunsmoke,” will be a special guest at the Saturday event.

The semi-formal event will include a red carpet, hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Sneak Pique Productions will host a 5-minute western skit and the band Outlaw Sippin’ will provide music. Visitors can also see a touring art show.

According to Kevin Holten, Wildrose native and executive director of the N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Brad Gjermundson exhibit includes championship buckles and saddles, along with clothing, boots, spurs, trophies, photos and other items. Boots that belonged to Gjermundson’s great-grandfather from 1904 also are in the exhibit.

Nelson’s exhibit includes a shirt, hat, trophies, world champion suitcase, rodeo champion leather clothing bag, tons of photos and saddles along with a new 2-foot by 2-foot sculpture, said Holten.

Tickets for the event are $50 each and are limited to 500. For more information or to make ticket reservations call the N.D. Cowboy Hall of Fame at 623-2000. People are advised to make ticket reservations immediately.