By Phillip Kitts
Traditionally the winter months brings a slower time of year for the rodeo world. As the world of technology and capability changes, the more it has brought these colder months to be an influential part of the rodeo season.
In the recent years, large to small communities have begun to recognize the immense value of utilizing indoor facilities to host rodeo events. These venues and events are seeing a consistent growth in both crowd and competitor numbers, which not only generate great revenue for all, but they also provide a great sense of community.
New Year’s Eve displayed a great example of this growth and community. To understand the impact an event can have, let’s go back 26 years and the beginning of an era.
Klamath Falls, Ore., is a large agricultural community in the southeast corner of Oregon. Not a big community, but through the years the city survived on a balance of the farming and ranching community as well as the logging and tourism industry. Klamath Falls always had a rodeo influence. As part of the Great Northwest Rodeo Association, the consistent draw to their yearly rodeo has always been fair. In 1991 Jaimie Berg recognized that other than the once a year rodeo, the local fans were left out in the cold for a majority of the year because there were no other large-scale rodeo events.