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“Bred to Buck and Buckaroos” 2022 Calendar Now Available. Click the picture to see a few of the pages!

Photos are from the 2021 Ingomar Open Rodeo and Ingomar Ranch Rodeo.

Proceeds from calendar sales go to the Ingomar Rodeo Club.

Calendars are available at Melstone Mercantile in Melstone, MT and the Watering Hole, Forsyth, MT. They can also be ordered on the Ingomar Rodeo Club Facebook site through messenging, and ordered at LL@campiou.com

Calendars are $15/ea….and $5 for shipping. Get yours now! Yeehaw!

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TRAVIS NYE, ROPING CHAMPION
Comments on the October 8, 2017 Camp IOU newsletter.

“The roping was the Wrangler National Team Roping Finals. I have roped at the finals two other times, but have never had any luck. This is the largest payout I have received for an event. The horse I rode is a 9 year old mare that I bought about 2 months ago. She does everything right so it makes my part easy. Team roping is a sport that allows you to get away from the grind of the work week or day. You have to be focused and in the moment, much like golf. It’s also one of the few hobbies that will actually pay for itself if your lucky.” – Travis Nye

FROM ACROSS THE POND
Re: Afternoon Tea at the Jersey Lilly 2016
Very many thanks for sharing this review – together with photos – of an astounding tea party. I was deeply impressed with the staging of the event and the trouble to which the ladies had gone to make it so special.

In Victorian and Edwardian times, the milliners of London created the most fabulous hats for ladies. Actresses led the fashions and not just the wealthy appearing in the Royal Enclosure at the Ascot Races.

I noted the beautiful tea services being used and the decorum of the event. Most impressive coming from our cousins over the pond!!!! At least some people appreciate the living standards and life style of a bygone age.

Please let the sentiments and admiration of a Brit be known to those who organised and attended this splendid function.
Warm regards as always.
Keith Shipman
Saarlouis – Nalbach
Germany
[Ed.: Read the full story about the afternoon tea here]

MUSINGS FROM THE PRAIRIE
“My great uncle was Vern Thomason from Jordan area; since he also raised sheep we assume he may have taken the wool to Ingomar for shipping. We had some contact with him long ago, before he died; and we were able to go out to the old ranch with permission from the current owner (about forty years ago now). He told a story to my youngest brother, about a man who murdered someone in the area; and the law was going to be some days away at that time…Read more

LINDA LOU: Although Owen Badgett does not do email we got Peggy’s story to him by phone. And we will ask around for more information about the sheepherders that frequented Ingomar, and share with readers. Thanks Peggy!

“I knew Owen years ago when I lived in Miles City. I still have a poetry book that he autographed for me. Its in a box but I still have it! Owen used to come down to the Hole In The Wall where a bunch of us girls worked and he would come down and say hey and hang out for a bit.:) I hope he had a good turn-out at the Museum last night.” – Stephani S-C.

2021 Ingomar Open Rodeo

Ingomar Open Rodeo will be “Gittin It Done” Saturday, July 31st, 2021

Well folks, it’s that time again. Time to be amazed, amused, astounded and entertained. It is the Annual Ingomar Open Rodeo, Saturday, July 31st, with all the hoopla, great grub, riding, roping, bucking, and informed commentary from the announcer, Deb Greenough, that a rodeo-goer could ever want. Maybe even more!

Whether you are cheering in the stands, tethered to the crow’s nest, or riding a top-grade bronc, the Ingomar Open Rodeo is one you will never forget. It has that home spun (town of 12 when everybody’s there), genuine, welcoming atmosphere that includes all comers, East, West and everywhere in between. “We have had visitors from New York, Vermont, California, even Scotland,” added Ingomar Rodeo Club secretary, Alice Cameron.

For performance value, Ingomar offers top notch bucking stock, provided by Paul Eiker and Shane Vaira and rodeo talent – current and upcoming – participants in Ingomar’s Rodeo have gone on to fame and fortune with NFR and PRCA rankings. Ingomar’s rodeo announcer, Greenough, was a world champion bare back bronc rider, who looks forward to being at the rodeo each year. “Ingomar is the only town I know that is bordered by cattle guards,” quipped Greenough.

And don’t forget, there will be great tasting burgers and hot dogs at the cook shack. “You are also likely to hear some pretty outlandish stories at the cook shack,” advised Ingomar resident and professional photographer, Hart Broesel. Besides bull riding, bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, ladies breakaway and barrels, and team roping, Ingomar offers some special events. There is the ‘Buckaroo Bounce’ before the Top 4 Saddle Bronc Ride Off, where kids “of all ages” bounce across the arena towards the stands on balls of various colors in timed heats. “That makes for some pretty hilarious happenings,” added Alice, who noted that the rules of that event seem to have a certain elasticity based on the size, age and skills of competitors. When the dust settles, the winner gets $100, and a trophy. And all this will be followed by a dance.

“We can do our Ingomar rodeos only because of tremendous sponsor support and terrific volunteers,” added Ingomar Rodeo Club President Donald John Cameron. For a family day filled with great rodeo, food, and special events, come on down to the Ingomar Open Rodeo, Sat., July 31st. Admission is $10 for adults, 6-12 $5, under 6 free. Entries are open July 26th from 8:00AM to 6:00PM. Contact Alice Cameron, 406-358-2255.

Tri-City Rec Club's

Tri-City Rec Club’s “Bill Seward Day” a Rousing Success in Ingomar

Story by Linda Lou Crosby, Photos by Montana Reynolds

Over 200 people arrived in Ingomar for the first ever, “Bill Seward Day”, the Tri-City Rec Community Fund Raising event Saturday, March 20th. Ingomar folk made about 40 gallons of Bill Seward Beans, accompanied by about 5 gallons of hot sauce, and 12 bags of croutons – all based on Bill Seward’s original recipe – courtesy of Seward grandkids Lecia, Curt, Jeff and Bill’s daughter Maxime, in anticipation of attendees appetites. The event was scheduled to begin at 11:00AM. “Folks started arriving at 10:30am, while we were still getting ready,” said Helen Roth, of Miles City, who volunteered to take food orders at the door. 

The air was filled with laughter, camaraderie, and all the things that can magically happen in a small town when a get together presents itself. And Ingomar is officially a small town, population 12. A small town with an impressive gathering.  “There were people from two years old to ageless,” added Ingomar’s Hart Broesel, secretary-treasurer of the Tri-City Rec Club, which is focused on improving the community building. Their most recent project has been to improve the acoustics, and being responsive to facilitating community get togethers of all kinds.

The vendors (organized by Emily Olson) offering everything from diamond art, to handmade crochet items, from specialty bags, to coyote snares, to handmade earrings for the fisherwoman. Folks gathered at Nick Fanelli’s railroad booth, where he shared videos and information about the Milwaukee Road – the railroad that passed through Ingomar until 1980. “I enjoyed sharing information about the historic Milwaukee Railroad and its impact on our area,” said Nick.

As visitors munched on Bill Seward beans accompanied by beef sandwiches, shared their Ingomar stories, and took advantage of the Libations offered at the event, it was like “old home week”. “I had the chance to talk with a lot of people I hadn’t seen in quite awhile,” added Ingomar’s Johnna Newman, who was busy working in the kitchen with Alice Cameron, Pam Fanelli, and Karen Stroh. That was the busiest place around. Not to mention you didn’t want to get too close to the action or you would immediately be enrolled in delivering meals to waiting guests.

Then there was the corn hole tournament, where good natured and yet serious minded folk, played their best for prize money offered to the top teams. Sheldon and Mel Franzel built and brought 8 boards and 16 “score keepers” for the event. According to Sheldon, “There were 18 Teams total. Robbie and Virginia Crigamire were the winners of the First tournament and Ves Clifton and girlfriend Tina won the 2nd one. The first event paid: 1st- $120,  2nd- $60 and $20 to 3rd. Tournament two paid $150 for 1st and 2nd got $100.” 

Community Foundation of Northern Rosebud County (CFNRC) President Robert Engle, and Fund Director Darrell Grogan made a special appearance to enjoy the day and present the Tri-City Rec Club with a $2500 grant towards Phase II of the Community Center’s acoustic improvement efforts. The CFNRC also supported Phase I with a $2300 grant. Evidence of Phase I work was obvious as visitors scanned the newly mounted acoustic boards and burlap curtains throughout the building. “We are truly grateful for CFNRC support for our community and the Tri-City Rec Club,” commented Hart Broesel. This grant donation was celebrated with a large round of applause from all gathered. Owen Badgett then offered cowboy poetry, and Doug Hollowell and son Frank played music and sang to an appreciative crowd. 

The Tri-City Rec Communities saluted all the volunteers and good natured folk who helped make this event happen. This was the First Annual Bill Seward Day. The Tri-City Rec Club said they will be doing this every year on the weekend after St. Patrick’s Day.  Bill Seward was one of the school board members when the gym was built; the gym became the Tri-City Community Center. And certainly Bill was responsible for Bill Seward Beans which everyone thoroughly enjoyed! 

Tri-City Rec Club Report on Acoustic Improvement Project

Tri-City Rec Club Report on Acoustic Improvement Project for Tri-City Rec Community Building Phase I
CFNRC Grant spurs Ingomar on to major acoustic Improvement in Tri-City Rec Community Building

Come to ‘Bill Seward Day ‘Saturday March 20th, and celebrate

Thanks to the generous grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Rosebud County, a donation from Owen Badgett, Don Hotter’s Scissor Lift, the amazing work of many members of the Clifton Family, planning and hard work from members of the Tri-City Rec Club in Ingomar, Phase I of the Tri-City Rec Community Center Acoustic Improvement Project is now complete.

24 acoustic panels, yards and yards of burlap curtains, and the American Flag are now in place helping improve the Tri-City Rec Community Building sound, and beginning to create a welcoming place where more community events can happen that include cowboy poetry, music, and even speakers, with a whole new sound quality.

When the new sound panels had been placed on the floor of the building, just leaning against the wall, ready to be put up, Ingomar’s cowboy poet and author, Owen Badget noted, “I think the panels are helping and they are not even up yet!” Hart Broesel, an Ingomar resident, who along with Ingomar residents Johnna and Howard Newman, Donald John Cameron, Mike and Karen Stroh, and Pam Finelli were involved in gathering information on how Ingomar could improve acoustics in the gym, agreed. And after the hustle and bustle of volunteers with donated equipment and “building” assistance, (Alice Cameron made a batch of stew to feed the workers, Sun Coulee ranch hand Cody Cameron braved heights to get the burlap up), the panels were up. It was done. “It is pretty amazing,” added Badgett, who has dreamed of telling his western stories in this very building, and offered his donation with a challenge and encouragement to get this done.

“There has been a lot of interest this year in the use of the Tri-City Rec Community Building,” added Ingomar resident Alice Cameron, “with weddings, a family reunion of about 150 people, birthday parties, hunters on guided hunts, and more folks are asking about using the building even now.”

Donald John Cameron, President of the Tri-City Rec Club, couldn’t thank volunteers enough, “This effort was the beginning of an improvement plan that has really made a difference. And we are so grateful for the donations, the hard work and the volunteer help!”

In fact, the community is planning a major event Saturday, March 20th, “Bill Seward Day”, in celebration. “It is a Belated St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza Tri-City Rec fund raiser”, added Cameron, “featuring Bill Seward’s family recipes for beans and hot sauce, Owen Badgett’s cowboy stories, a Craft Bazaar, a railroad exhibit and games”.
Everybody is invited. More to follow about this event each week.
“Without Bill Seward, there would have been no school house in Ingomar, no gym to become the Tri-City Rec Community Building. He was a wonderful character that did so much for our town,” added Donald John.
For more info, call 406-358-2255.

Bill Seward Day - March 20th, 2021

6th Annual Ingomar Ranch Rodeo

Gather yourselves up and come on over to the Sixth Annual Ingomar Ranch Rodeo and Big Loop event, Sat., Sept. 5th, at the rodeo arena in Ingomar, MT. It is a Git ‘er Done, guys, gals or mixed team event that will keep you on the edge of your seat, as you grab a bite of your smoked roast beef sandwich, a sip of cold beer or lemonade, and hang on fer the ride! It is a day of fun for the whole family.

SIXTH ANNUAL INGOMAR RANCH RODEO AND BIG LOOP Labor Day WEEKEND, Sat. Sept. 5th, 2020

It begins at 9:00AM, with a rules meeting, followed with the Calcutta, where attendees can put their money on a favorite team. Cowhands will then get busy roping, sorting, penning, milking, bucking and whatever else it takes to get the job done to become the high point Ingomar Ranch Rodeo 2020 Champions. The final two events, Team sorting and Ranch broncs will also be Calcutta’d just before those events. Prizes, money and pride go to the winning team. Not to mention a Top Hand and Top Horse award presented at the close of the day. And there will be fun things for youngsters to do as well.

Announcer and cowhand Andrew Johnson, who knows the ins and outs of Ranch Rodeo, will keep you entertained as he presents facts (perhaps sprinkled with fiction), noting the finer points of the competitors’ style, and interesting techniques that might (accidentally) pop up during the day. Just like any ranching activity, surprises are the norm. “Top hands are top hands, be they guys, gals, or mixed teams,” added Ingomar Rodeo Club Director Donald John Cameron, “They get the job done. You will see great horsemanship, horses and livestock handling ability during the Ingomar Ranch Rodeo.”  Stock contractors Pat Cremer and Shane Vaira are providing the wild cows, steers, and bucking broncs respectively. In fact, folklore has it that the stock can’t wait to give each cowhand a definite run for their money at Ingomar. “The broncs will be on the lookout to spoil a cowboy’s day,” smiled cowboy poet and Ingomar resident Owen Badgett. The Ingomar arena is also sporting two new bucking chutes thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Rosebud County.

One of Ingomar Ranch Rodeo’s previous events included a buckskin horse (that was NOT in the bronc event) bucking his rider off on the way to roping a steer. Ropes got crossed, steers were pretty much dumfounded, and the crowd was on their feet cheering. Competition is the name of the game as teams also compete to participate in Tery, MT at the Eastern Montana Ranch Rodeo Finals, Saturday, Sept. 12th. (??)

Saturday night features a Big Loop roping event, where cowhands work to rope steers while avoiding roping themselves and passersby. “There is a lot going on when you are winding up 18ft loops,” added Ingomar Rodeo Club President Howard Newman. Crowds are encouraged to duck if an errant loop comes their way.

For great grub, be sure to stop by the rodeo club cook shack for a smoked roast beef sandwich or dinner. For a cold beer, visit the beer booth, open all day Sat.  For more info call Alice Cameron at 406-358-2255. Tickets for the event are $10/adults, $5/7-12 years, 6 & under/free. 

We will observe Governor’s directive for attendees wearing masks. See ya there for a fun Labor Day weekend.

Sixth Annual Ingomar Ranch Rodeo Flyer

Ingomar Traveling Tea Party

May 3rd, 2020

Ingomar Traveling Tea Party preparations

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Special Delivery Ingomar

SPECIAL DELIVERY INGOMAR
May, 2020

Donald John and Alice Cameron recently came up with an Ingomar ‘Meals on Wheels’ effort for Sunday Supper.

Alice, and family – her grandson Cody was visiting for the day – delivered a full-fledged Spaghetti extravaganza to everyone in town Sunday. Recipients included Pam and Nick Finelli, Karen and Mike Stroh, Owen Badgett, Linda Lou Crosby and Hart Broesel (and their friend Paul who has been visiting since before this all began), Emily Olson and Morris Ware, and Susie and Calvin Webber. “I think Alice should start a restaurant!” said Hart Broesel, as the spaghetti, green beans and surprise desert disappeared in a flash! 

Alice and family quickly handed off the food, Ingomar’s version of “curbside” delivery….although Ingomar has no curbsides of course….a few errant cows might serve as guides..and you can imagine what’s along the “curb”…. and zipped on their way to the next home. 

Ingomar resident Pam Finelli had recently initiated an Ingomar letter-recipe exchange as she and husband Nick are holed up for the duration. in December, Pam had planned on a monthly Tea or fun meal she talked about during a Christmas Tea at Linda Lou and Hart’s place. Obviously gatherings are out for awhile.

…So Pam had another idea on how to connect with Ingomar folks…Pam’s letter began “Hello Neighbor! We hope this finds everybody healthy and strong.” and continued “Please know that I haven’t forgotten about our Tea Party, and getting together once a month. It’s still the game plan”…and included her recipe for “100 year old casserole”. 

Alice Cameron followed by sending her “Neighbors” letter out, “Hopefully we will do a tea when this is all over and done with – hopefully sooner rather than later.” and included a recipe that “Bud Kramer used a lot”, ‘Bud’s Raisin Cake’. “It is a depression cake,” added Alice. 

“We don’t know about the rodeos, or anything like that right now,” added Alice, “What we do know is we have a wonderful community, and are grateful for that.” All of us are grateful that Alice is such a good cook! Best to all, and take care.

Hart gets delicious special delivery in Ingomar.

Bud's Raisin Cake recipe, Ingomar MT

Bud’s raisin cake recipe.

100 year old casserole recipe

Pam’s 100 year old casserole recipe.

Ingomar Open Rodeo 2020

Join us for the Ingomar Open Rodeo Saturday, July 25, 2020.

CONTACT ALICE CAMERON 406-358-2255
ENTRIES OPEN JULY 20TH
8:00AM to 6:00PM

Ingomar Open Rodeo July 25, 2020 Event Flyer

Christmas Poem 2019

Linda Lou Crosby Christmas poem art 2019

Christmas graphic, Andy Atkins
Audio editor, Dee Finning, Virgin Moon
Script and Narration, Linda Lou Crosby

Click the audio to listen now.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Ingomar 2019

When Santa “drops” in to Ingomar MT
and Ridge and Rayna Save the Day

© Linda Lou Crosby Nov 2019

 

‘Twas the Night before Christmas and all through the town

The adults were sacked out, while the kids snuck around

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care…

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there

 

Owen in his flannels, and Morris in his cap

Had just settled down for a LONG winter’s nap

Ridge and Rayna – the youngsters

Were slinking around

When all of a sudden, there was a large crashing sound!

 

And what to their wondering eyes should appear,

But a present-stuffed sleigh and eight wide-eyed reindeer.

There was a red-faced stout gentleman, not too lively; not so quick

Ridge and Rayna got worried – It was probably St. Nick.

His eyes lost their twinkle, but his cheeks looked pretty merry

And when he laughed at himself, he shook just like jelly.

 

Santa quit laughing as he saw the gifts tossed around

Where the heck had he landed? Where was Ingomar town?

His reindeer were scattered, a lot like the toys

There would be happiness missing for girls and for boys.

As Santa pondered his fate, wondering just what to do

Ridge and Rayna appeared saying “Santa we will help you!”

 

Ridge and Rayna snuck out and tried to wake Owen

They’d need a crowbar to wake him. This could be tough goin’.

“I think we get Mowiss cause he knows what to do.”

And Rayna headed to find Morris’, while Ridge went there too.

They bonked Morris awake, and he sat up quite startled.

They told him their tale.

And he said “Let’s get started!”

 

They rushed back to Santa and gathered the herd.

The reindeer were harnessed without even a word.

Morris stepped up his pace and worked pretty fast,

Rayna and Ridge knew that pace wouldn’t last.

 

They helped Morris gather gifts; they helped with the sled,

And Santa soon realized, he had nothing to dread.

Santa’s left arm was sore, so he needed help with the trip.

It would be a long night, and they couldn’t chance a slip.

They looked over at Morris, asleep on his feet

Who would help Santa?  The kids didn’t miss a beat.

 

Rayna gathered the lines, like she’d seen Morris do.

Ridge made himself ready to back up their crew.

Santa gave directions as they circled the globe,

And Ridge tossed out presents, while Rayna kept control.

Rayna and Ridge giggled a lot, they were having a blast and their help hit the spot. They were home in a Jiffy at the very break of dawn

Alice and Donald John never knew they were gone.

 

They handed lines off to Santa, who felt pretty great

They had delivered the gifts, and not one was late.

Santa’s arm felt terrific, and it was bedtime for his crew.

Morris still stood up sleeping, but those kids knew what to do.

They sleep walked Morris home, and hugged him quite tight

And Santa was ready to take off in flight.

 

They heard Santa exclaim as he flew out of sight,

“Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!”

 

– The End –

 

 

 

Ingomar Open Rodeo 2019 Wow

Ingomar Open Rodeo – Wow!

Story: Linda Lou Crosby, llneon90@gmail.com
Photos: Pam Benson, Linda Lou Crosby
 
 
From the time the first kid rounded a barrel to the final bull ride, the 2019 Ingomar Open Rodeo on Saturday July 27, was a wild and wonderful experience.  It was good old family fun – and mighty good times. Grace Poehler came all the way from Morehead, Minnesota for her first time in Ingomar, and first time ever at a rodeo. “I have never been to a rodeo in my life,” said Poehler, “And this was great! I live 30 minutes from a town that holds a rodeo every year, and I am definitely going to the next one when I go home.”  After Poehler had seen bronc riders, bull riders and the rough stock flaunting their best, she added, “And I am definitely not cut out to actually do this!”

“It was great seeing all the families, old friends and new folks in the crowd here,” added Ingomar Rodeo Club Director Donald John Cameron. “The participants, our announcer Deb Greenough, our many volunteers and sponsors – well, without them we just wouldn’t have a rodeo.” And what a rodeo was had.

Bareback entry Austin Quinlan, the first bronc rider of the day, bucked out of the chute accompanied by a huge burst of pink powder, which he said signified what his cousin’s new baby would be – a girl (a boy would have been blue). Quinlan then proceeded to deliver an inspired “buckaroo ballet” for the crowd. 

“We had record entries for the last 20 years,” added Rodeo Club secretary Alice Cameron. “ There were over 20 bronc riders (Saddle bronc, ranch rodeo bronc, bareback bronc), 15 Bull Riders (Combined open and kids), 18 Lady Barrel Racers, 55 Team Roping teams (Combined open and mixed), and of course Ladies Breakaway ropers and pole benders, calf ropers, and then of course the Buckaroo Bounce.”  The Buckaroo Bounce is an Ingomar special event that has bouncers (of all ages) grab colorful balls and bounce their way from the crows’ nest to the finish line in front of the crowd. There were three heats of 6 bouncers, and Turk Greenough won the final go round. Being the gentleman he is, he shared the $100 prize money with the other two young girls that competed in the final round.

Ingomar Rodeo Club members (7 at last count) do it all, from set up to clean up. Rodeo Club president Howard Newman and his wife Johnna Newman introduced His and Hers outhouses a couple years ago….and as you might imagine, they need to be emptied…. Nuff said….although, at times, Johnna (who runs the beer booth and honchoed gathering sponsor banners around the arena) has offered a few choice words.

The cook shack fed folks all day with terrific burgers and Polish hot dogs, and the Jersey Lilly offered their famous barbecue and a street dance to complete the day.

As dawn broke on Sunday morning, many outfits, and people in their bedrolls woke to the smells of Alice Cameron, Emily Olson (cook shack honcho) and Kim Erikson cooking breakfast for hungry overnighters. You can find out who won each event on our Ingomar Rodeo Club Facebook page.

“There were so many great events,” added Ingomar resident Hart Broesel, “The rodeo just delivered every minute.”  And the next event the rodeo club is delivering is the “anything can happen and it usually does” Ingomar Ranch Rodeo on Labor Day weekend…events will be Ladies and Kids teams on Saturday, and Open teams Sunday – the winning open team gains entry into the Eastern Montana Ranch Rodeo Finals in September and the Nile in October. “It’s always a hoot,” added Broesel. Don’t miss it!  Follow us on Facebook.