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Wyo. Cowboy Hall of fame induction Sept. 27

Rhonda Stearns

Doors at the beautiful Casper Events Center will swing wide at 10 a.m. Sunday Sept. 27 to welcome the best, biggest and most noteworthy event on the Cowboy State's fall social calendar. That's when 54 new names will be enshrined in the Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame (WCHF) as the "Class of 2015." You'll hear brief biographies and have the opportunity to honor and meet personally many of these stellar pioneers, cowboys and cowgirls who represent every county across Wyoming.

Black hat casual cowboy attire will be in vogue, and you'll want to plan on being there early to secure the seating you prefer as an overflow crowd is expected for the good cowboy conversation and camaraderie, food and refreshments, cash bar and premier silent and live auction offered. Plan to buy your commemorative booklets and posters of the Class of 2015 early also, before they're all snatched up.

Bring a full pocketbook and do your Christmas shopping in the auctions while helping support this 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, then enjoy the tax write-off. Olie's Images from Riverton will be recording the historic occasion photographically and selling souvenir photos of all honorees and families.

You're guaranteed to enjoy "notable humorist, storyteller and BS'er" Chuck Larson of Hulett who'll be at the mic, handling his emcee chores with cowboy aplomb. Having written and performed cowboy poetry all over the country since 1990, Chuck is proudly presented by WCHF with the standard disclaimer: "WARNING: Chuck also has an imagination that takes the bit in its teeth once in a while!" As his legendary charisma sucks you in, don't be surprised if you shed a few tears or find yourself rolling in the aisle with laughter.

Everyone knows that's the best medicine, and in case Chuck doesn't have your sides already splitting, watch out for the Nelson brothers Andy and Jim from Wyoming's western mountains, pumping huge doses of joy into the crowd as they infiltrate it like court jesters. Perpetrators of Clear Out West (COW) Radio, the talented duo are internationally famous, and no one will escape their merriment.

All this is available for a minimal $10 per person, and every effort is being made to prevent you from standing in line for admission. Please visit the WCHF Hospitality Room in the Parkway Plaza, 123 West E Street in Casper on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 5 to 8:30 pm; or 7 to 9 am on Sunday Sept. 27 to buy your advance tickets so that you can enter the Events Center directly, without the inconvenience of a long ticket line.

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The Events Center is fully handicapped accessible, featuring special unloading zones adjacent to main doors, as well as elevator service to the venue.

As a further courtesy to Induction attendee's, WCHF and the Casper community are happy to provide special rates at several motels. Some are offering price breaks for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights for out-of-town or out-of-state visitors. Some offer Shuttle Service to and from the Casper Airport, along with Shuttles to and from the Events Center.

Discounted room rates are available at Parkway Plaza (1-800-270-7829) and Ramkota Inn (1-307-266-3000), which both offer shuttles along with complimentary breakfasts for guests; and the Super 8 (1-307-266-3480) is also offering special room fees.

Polish your boots and dust off your best hat, make those reservations immediately and head for friendly Casper. Visit the WCHF Hospitality Room to secure advance tickets, then meet all your pals at this big, historic real-cowboy reunion and celebration.

–Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame