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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

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
[Ed.: Read the full story about the afternoon tea here]

“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.

Ingomar Open Rodeo July 29 2017

Rip Roarin’ Ingomar Rodeo Comin’ Saturday, July 29th, 2017

For Immediate Release

July 6th, 2017

The crowds will cheer, the dust will fly, and the stock will buck at the 31st Annual Ingomar open rodeo. This event is a ‘not to miss’ spectacular in the little town of Ingomar, Montana, population 12 (when everybody’s home).

Bucking bronc Ingomar Rodeo 2016

Dirt for lunch. Ingomar Rodeo 2016. Photo by Hart Broesel.

It’s a time-honored tradition, and loads of family fun. Former Ingomar rodeo competitors, some of whom hit the big time, have often said, “You never forget an Ingomar Rodeo.” And there are plenty of stories to back that up! A true family event, the Ingomar Rodeo has been around for thirty years supporting buckaroos “to be”, and offering opportunities for all eastern Montana hopefuls to compete

“We have some terrific sponsors,” adds Alice Cameron, Secretary of the Ingomar Rodeo Club, a non-profit that honchos both the Ingomar Open Rodeo at the end of July, and the Ingomar Ranch Rodeo on Labor Day weekend, September 2nd and 3rd this year. “And we often have former PRCA, NRA, and IRA participants as our judges and our announcer,” adds Cameron.

Folks also appreciate the super families that participate in the event, excellent cook shack grub, a crowd from all over the place; not to mention the four new bucking chutes, a new crows nest, and a new electronic timer. This new equipment happened thanks to the Northern Rosebud Community Foundation sponsorship and lots of elbow grease by the Ingomar Rodeo Club. There is always a good cross section of entries, and top stock for riders to ride and ropers to rope. Stock will be provided by Newman Rodeo and Paul Eiker. All followed by a Saturday night barbecue and dance put on by the famous Jersey Lilly. If it gets late, plan to stay over at the newly refurbished Community Center rooms, or the Bunk and Biscuit.

So saddle up folks! Riders and ropers put your entries in. And folks, whatever you do, do not miss the Ingomar Open Rodeo Saturday July 29th, 2017!

Please contact Alice, Cameron, 406-358-2255, for further information, potential interviews, etc.

A Visit from the Old West

A Visit from the Old West

Jan and Mike Hillenbrand at Camp IOU
Jan and Mike Hillenbrand visited Camp IOU early this summer, all the way from Thousand Palms, CA. They arrived in their motor home, and stayed a few days. Our paths originally crossed some years ago in the little California high desert mining town of Randsburg. (You gotta go there). The nearby gold mine was still active to some degree, characters roamed the dusty streets, and we hit real pay dirt when we entered the Hillenbrands’ General Store, with its old fashioned soda fountain.
We talked Jan and Mike (that day) into helping us put on Western Theatre in Randsburg. Jan remembers her son Joe coming in to the living part of the store, from the counter, and announcing, “Mom, there’s a crazy lady out there, and she wants to use our living room for tryouts for a play.” Jan (although she may have regretted this decision at times) thought, “Why not?” And in seven weeks, “The Miner Incident” charmed a packed audience in front of the old Randsburg schoolhouse.
Linda Lou based this version of the vintage melodrama on ‘true rumours’ about the area. And there were plenty!  Hart played the nearsighted, elderly sheriff, Jan played a most convincing heroine, and her son Joe was conscripted to play the hero. (Did I mention there weren’t too many people living in Randsburg?)
All the characters did a great job. Many newspapers and magazines wrote about the shows. And they took off in popularity. Busloads of people came all the way (about 2 hours) from LA to be a part of the fun.
More amazing adventures followed (after Hart carefully tore down the stage he had built just for the first play, and returned the unscathed lumber to its owner) (He reminded Linda Lou that there would be no future lumber borrowing, if there even was a future for the two of them).
Sometimes we were hired to appear at other places. Once we took the entire set and cast traveling to a Death Valley Resort, and setup on the golf course. (Not an easy task to be sure). We played to a packed audience of visiting Germans in 45 mile an hour freezing winds. At intermission the audience all left. Who could blame them? After intermission, they all came back, with blankets. At one point the heroine’s hair blew over her face, and she almost fell off the stage. Ah, memories.
This time around, Jan cooked, Linda Lou cooked, Mike made tri-tip and Hart cooked his famous “Swingin’ Chicken’. Hart saw the recipe on the TV show ‘Swamp People’, and has been devising various ‘Swingin’ Chicken’ cooking cans for a few years now. Mike likes to keep moving, so he grabbed the mower, and trimmed things up around the garage.
Great times; great friends. As the visit came to a close, the Hillenbrands continued on their way to Michigan. And we had added a bunch of new fun memories with our old friends.
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2017 Jersey Lilly Old-Fashioned Tea a Delight

Jersey Lilly Old-Fashioned Tea a Delight

By Linda Lou Crosby and Adele Field

Fine china, sweet delicacies, whimsical place settings and exotic teas awaited ladies who attended the Fourth Annual Lillie Langtry Old-Fashioned Ladies Tea this June at the Jersey Lilly in Ingomar, MT.

Genteel tea goers enjoy the afternoon at the Jersey Lilly.

Adorned in their finest attire, genteel ladies, from 7 – 90+ years, were greeted by an enthralling setting, as Jersey Lilly co-owner June Nygren had transformed the western themed Bar and Cafe into a captivating tea room, with all the trimmings. June greeted guests with her new hat, and a lovely pair of white gloves, as this year’s theme was decreed a “White Glove Affair”. June then shared a short history of gloves, and a short history of the Jersey Lilly, for newcomers to the celebrated spot.

Tea was poured from six lovely teapots by Adele Field of Melstone. “This year’s tea was very enjoyable,” said Adele. Field mentioned talking with Tanya Hardgrove, one of former Jersey Lilly owner Bill Seward’s nieces, who brought the youngest member of the gathering, 7-yr old Rylee. Field also noted that the Double Chocolate Mocha tea was the hands-down favorite, followed closely by Cranberry Autumn.

In this genteel atmosphere, the early 1900s came to life, as ladies sipped, and spoke, and laughed throughout the afternoon. The outfits were sublime, the gloves were lace, velvet and the finest cotton; and fantastic hats grabbed much attention throughout the event. Guests thoroughly enjoyed June’s famous lemon bars and dill cucumber sandwiches.

Jersey Lilly Tea judges' pick for hat winner

Kasha Hogue was the judges’ unanimous pick
for winner of best hat award at the Jersey Lilly Tea.

Although hat-judging results were unanimous, each guest openly admired the myriad of gorgeous bonnets in the room. Hat winners were Kasha Hogue from Miles City in the women’s division, and Haley Hould in the young girls’ division. Both ladies were from Miles City. Red hat ladies visited from Hysham; the Forsyth Ladies came by American Legion bus – escorted by driver Larry Kautzman and his wife/assistant Karen. Larry was nattily attired, and he and his wife helped June with hat judging and the game session. Visitors also attended from Rosebud, Miles City, Melstone and Ingomar.

Each year June adds a new treat and this year, a new challenge. Besides the scrumptious strawberry short cake, which guests removed their gloves to enjoy, this year ladies were asked to join in a couple of fun games. Guests were asked to write down as many words as they could from the letters in TEA PARTY in five minutes, and for the next challenge a tray was shared at each table for a limited time, while guests memorized the tray contents. Ladies wrote what they remembered, and the most correct guesses won a prize.

And prizes were many, for ladies and young ladies alike. There were prizes for the best hat, the game winners, lots and lots of door prizes, a grand door prize (a stunning tea set won by Mija Hould of Miles City and the youth grand door prize won by Mija Hould of Miles City), and each setting had a fun candy dish, and journal. Next year’s tea is already in the planning. June found this year’s door prize last August! Enjoy 2017. See you next year!

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Cowboy Poet-Author Owen Badgett's Newest Book

Cowboy Poet/Author Owen Badgett’s Newest Book Available at Miles City Bucking Horse Sale

Photo of Owen Badgett by Linda Lou Crosby

Owen Badgett. Photo by Linda Lou Crosby.

Hang on to your hats folks. Eastern Montana cowboy poet Owen Badgett has a new book, and it’s arriving just in time for you to get a copy at the Miles City Bucking Horse sale,  May 19th – 21st. In Badgett’s newest work, ‘Thirsty Camels and Bogged Alligators’, Owen shares over 200 photographs with detailed descriptions, along with fascinating stories that describe his history of the Eastern Montana cowboy experience throughout the last 60 years. Read an Owen Badgett book, and you’ll get the feeling you are sitting around the campfire with some of the toughest cowboys and one of the best yarn-swappers of the Old West.

How do you find Badgett at the Bucking Horse sale to get your copy? Badgett says he will be parked in his dark Blue Bronco (you can’t miss it with it’s faded blue paint, and the most unusual cattle guard ever) behind the chutes in the infield. Bring $20 bucks, and a signed book is yours.

As Owen tells it, the cowboys he knew as a child were “of the old school – old Texas trail drivers.” Hard winters taught those ‘Men of Iron’ (from his first book) that “Mother Nature runs the ranching industry”.

His early interest in writing came from a good role model – his mother – who was “kind of an amateur journalist” and who was published in such magazines as ‘True West’. Other models were the authors whose books he devoured whenever he had time away from chores. Owen is an avid reader, “When I was a little kid, there wasn’t no T.V. and we saved the radio battery for news and prizefights,” he said.  “People don’t realize what’s laying out there in any library, any bookshop. They say we have only one life to live, but I can live 50 or 60 lives a winter through my reading.” For his newest book, editor/writer Pat Corley, in her forward, says it best, “Yes, this book is different. But every page is – one way or another – pure Owen Badgett. Truly a labor of love from this old cowboy!”

Badgett has performed in major cowboy poetry events; including Elko, Nevada; Lewistown, Miles City, Wibaux, and Ingomar, Mt.; and Salinas, Ridgecrest; and Lone Pine, California, and with Bob Petermann in Spearfish, South Dakota. Badgett is featured in a documentary, “The Gypsy Cowman”, about his life and Eastern Montana.

Badgett will be performing this summer at the Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Lewistown August 17th – August 20th . Badgett’s books are available at the Miles City Library, the Miles City Saddlery, and in Forsyth at the Forsyth Library, the Forsyth Drugstore, and Fitzgeralds Restaurant, and in Ingomar at the Jersey Lilly.

By the way, if you want to know why Owen picked his new title, you’ll just have to read the title page to figure it out.

Contact Linda Lou Crosby for more info at, or 406-358-2289.


Lilly Langtry Old-Fashioned Afternoon Tea - Sunday June 11 2017

Lilly Langtry Old-Fashioned Afternoon Tea

Sunday, June 11th at Jersey Lilly in Ingomar

This year’s Old-Fashioned Tea theme is, ‘A White Glove Affair’.

The Jersey Lilly, in Ingomar, Montana, is having its delightful old-fashioned afternoon tea on Sunday June 11th, 2017, and you are invited. “This is a favorite event of mine”, said Jersey Lilly owner June Nygren, who plans to grace the occasion attired in her fancy new hat, and white gloves. This year’s Old-Fashioned Tea theme is, ‘A White Glove Affair’. Jersey Lilly Teas are becoming a yearly tradition. This year marks the fourth such event.

Tea definitely held a special spot in the American West. Even the famous Long Branch Saloon offered tea on its menu. The Jersey Lilly is delighted to carry on this tradition. Apparently, teacups were not always easy to manage. According to an etiquette segment on the ‘What’s Cooking America’ website, “All porcelain teacups were made in China, starting around 620 A.D. These small cups had no handles. In order for one not to spill the hot liquid onto oneself, the proper way to hold the vessel was to place one’s thumb at the six o’clock position and one’s index and middle fingers at the twelve o’clock position, while gently raising one’s pinkie up for balance.”

While guests ponder other tea facts and stories, and practice their teacup-holding techniques, Nygren promises a drawing for many wonderful door prizes, and an award for the finest hat.

The Jersey Lilly event will begin at 1:00PM in the afternoon, and will feature special “savories” to eat, and various assortments of tea. The cost is $12.00 per person.

“I am really looking forward to enjoying the afternoon with our tea-drinking guests,” added Nygren.

For more information on the event, or to make reservations, please call (406) 358-2278.

Cowboy Tales 2016 - Rousing Success

“Cowboy Tales” at Jersey Lilly in Ingomar – Rousing Success

For Immediate Release October 20th, 2016

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Linda Lou and the Hamilton's

Linda Lou Crosby and the Jim Hamilton’s at the Jersey Lilly October 15, 2016.

A packed crowd from various parts of Montana, Georgia, Minnesota, and even Alaska enjoyed a wonderful evening of excellent grub, melodious Western music, and cowboy poetry at Ingomar’s Jersey Lilly this October.

“Great food!” “Lots of fun!” “Terrific show!” Co-sponsored by Billings radio station KGHL, the fourth annual “Cowboy Tales” was a rousing success. Audience comments were wildly appreciative of the Jersey Lilly’s superb meal and the spellbinding performances by 2016 Cowboy Idol-winning western singer/musician Almeda Bradshaw, 2016 Cowboy Idol-winning cowboy poet Jim Hamilton, and the outrageous, timeless, hilarious self-titled “cow poet” and author Gwen Petersen.

Bradshaw, whose song “Heavenly Here With You,” has been nominated for top song of the year by the Western Music Association, delivered her repertoire of a beautiful voice, fancy guitar play and terrific songs, with “Cowboy” being one of the crowd’s favorites. That song will be featured on her new project “Tribute,” along with another original, “Larry Dever Did,” about the life and death of “America’s Sheriff,” as he was dubbed by Sean Hannity. The album will be available around Thanksgiving. Keep track of Bradshaw’s rising star on her website,

Jim Hamilton, who peppered the evening with cowboy poet humor, brought in a serious note with his riveting poem “Changing of the Guard.” Dedicated to ranching families where the seasoned rancher realizes it is time to pass the baton to the upcoming generation, Hamilton’s poetry spoke to the challenges this brings. Hamilton is the real deal, a lifetime Montana rancher with a sonorous delivery that takes you out on the range.

“Each one of these performers could have a show of their own,” added June Nygren, co-owner of the Jersey Lilly with Boots Kope. “We are so lucky they are sharing their talents with us tonight.”

It was a mighty combination, and when the veteran poet, (Johnny Carson guest at one point in her career), and the gal who brought the original cowboy poetry gathering to Montana, Gwen Petersen, took the stage, all bets were off. “She is so funny,” said Vicki Ware, eastern Montana resident. And she was. With her poem, “Magnet Therapy,” she brought the audience to tears of laughter.

Amazing music, wonderful stories, crowd-pleasing fun, not to mention great grub, culminated with Bradshaw and a 2014 “Cowboy Tales” performer Sandy Matheny holding a rip-roaring jam session in the Jersey Lilly bar well into the night. Planning for next year’s “Cowboy Tales” is in the works. Stay tuned!

Contact Linda Lou Crosby, for further information.

Cowboy Tales 2016 at the Jersey Lilly

Saturday October 15th

For something fun to do, come to the Jersey Lilly in Ingomar, MT, Saturday, October 15th for great cowboy poetry, western music, and terrific grub. This evening of western entertainment features top performers in the field.

2016 Cowboy Tales in Ingomar flyer

“No matter where you begin to talk about these folks, they are some of the very finest in the cowboy poet, western music, entertainment crowd,” said Ingomar resident cowboy poet, Owen Badgett.

Badgett has appeared in the previous four shows and is excited to feature some great talent that will appear in Ingomar at Cowboy Tales for the very first time.

“This combination is definitely a crowd pleaser,” added Badgett, “I am really looking forward to the show.”

The evening will feature three well-known Montana performers; Jim Hamilton, Gwen Petersen and Almeda Bradshaw. Bradshaw is one of Montana’s talented western Americana singer songwriters. Her love and appreciation for the western way of life is expressed in heartfelt songs that give voice to the westerner: cowboys, cowgirls, ranchers, farmers and more. A lifetime of writing and playing stringed instruments places her work above the ordinary. Clear vocals, a compelling stage presence and accomplished musicianship guarantee Almeda to be an audience favorite.

“I had to move EAST to find the WEST. Though raised a town girl on the Oregon coast,” said Bradshaw, “All I wanted was to be a cowgirl. I spent hours riding the range of my imagination in a swing set saddle and when tall enough, I threw a leg up on my family’s trusty propane tank and rode off into many a sunset.”  Almeda, along with cowboy poet Jim Hamilton – who will also be appearing on the bill in Ingomar, took top honors in the 2016 COWBOY IDOL contest at the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering, Kennewick, WA. “It was a MONTANA sweep!” Almeda Bradshaw, from Huntley, MT, was the top musician; Jim Hamilton of Decker, MT – the top cowboy poet.

Hamilton is the real deal who performs his great poems and stories with a delivery that takes you right onto the range. Hamilton is a lifetime rancher on the east slope of the Wolf Mountains in southeast Montana.  He has been married to wife Marge for a long time. “We do our work horseback and try to preserve the old cowboy ways,” said Jim. “My poetry is about what I know, ranching and the cowboy way of life. I strive for authenticity and am highly flattered if a real cowboy or rancher tells me, ‘I could sure see that happening when you told about it.’  Most of my poetry is humorous, but I have several serious ones that I like to do in the right setting.”

Hamilton has written and recited poetry for over thirty years. He has performed in many venues throughout Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and for the last ten or so years, at several gatherings in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  Hamilton has recorded three CD’s and is currently starting work on another.

And filling out the evening entertainment is cowboy poet, (deigning not to call herself a “cowgirl poet”) and humorist, the outrageous Gwen Petersen (who said “Just call me a ‘Cowpoet’). Gwen will deliver her brand of tall tales, tribulations, and tidbits, as only she can on October 15th.  Gwen’s appearances are legendary. She is at once hilarious and thoughtful, and with all her life experience, she has seen it, done it, thought about it, or caused it. “It” being adventures that she shares with audiences through performances, books and other published meanderings.

According to Gwen, “In the mid 1980s I began writing cowboy poetry and was chosen to be one of four poets to represent Montana at the first National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada. Then, I’ll be danged if the phone didn’t ring one day and a rep from the Johnny Carson Tonight Show asked if I’d care to go to Los Angeles and recite one of my poems on the show. At first I thought the phone call was a joke. It wasn’t. I went. I recited. I sat next to Johnny Carson and breathed in the aroma of his tweed sport jacket.” After Elko, Gwen returned to Big Timber and established the first Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Her Chili Contest and Toot, Snoot, ‘n Hoot Whippin’ and Spurrin’ Comedy Show has been – well, you can only imagine the fun had there.

With these top three performers, you are guaranteed to laugh, reminisce, be musically swept away, and just be downright entertained. With a delicious meal at the Jersey Lilly as part of the deal, it is bound to be one heckuva show.

Tickets are $25.00 for dinner and the show. Doors open at 6:00PM.
Call 406-358-2278 for ticket reservations. See ya there.

Ingomar Ranch Rodeo 2016

2015 Ingomar Ranch Rodeo - Airborne

2015 Ingomar Ranch Rodeo – Airborne. Photo by Hart Broesel.

Ingomar Ranch Rodeo – Family Friendly Fun and Excitement


Hold on to your hats. The Ingomar Ranch Rodeo is taking shape with an even bigger event. Two days, Saturday September 3rd and Sunday September 4th, promise to be family friendly fun and excitement. Ranch Rodeo events start at noon each day, followed by kids events and a Big Loop Roping. “There are fifteen teams in this year’s Ranch Rodeo event,” said Nate Roskelly, who honchoes the ranch rodeo,“They are competing from Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. And we filled all fifteen slots in an hour.”

The rodeo is sanctioned by the N.I.L.E, the WSRRA (Western States Ranch Rodeo Association) and the Big Sky Ranch Rodeo finals, to be held in Forsyth. And winning teams will earn entrance into these major Ranch Rodeo competitions. As always, the seven member Ingomar Rodeo Club (of a town of 12) is busy getting the grounds and arena groomed, polish dogs and burgers ready for the grill, and ticket takers on call for rodeo fans at main entrances to town. The announcer is Andrew Johnson; $10 buys you a ticket for both days; kids eight or under are free.

Teams will have their hands full with top stock. Cattle are coming from Sun Coulee Ranch, Cremer livestock and the PV Ranch; while TJ Newman and John Benson are providing the broncs. “Spectators and the participants have a real good time at this event,” added Alice Cameron, Secretary of the Ingomar Rodeo Club, who is normally the busiest person there, with continually changing scores and event updates. There will be an event board right near the Crows nest for spectators to keep track of what team is leading during the goings on.

Lots of teams are returning from last year; including the winning team for the last two years the Reid Ranch from Idaho, Maxwell Butte Ranch of Kinsey, Montana, the Circle B Ranch out of Forsyth, Mt, Lazy J3 Quarter Horses from Melstone, Mt, Ceded Strip out of Big Horn, Mt, Green Mountain Ranch out of Grass Range, Mt and the Outlaws out of Rosebud, Mt. And as Roskelly always adds, “Anything can happen.” With Saturday’s team penning, team doctoring and team branding, and Sunday’s Team Wild Cow Milking, Team Trailer Loading and Bronc Riding, anything WILL happen.

Could also be during kids events with a calf scramble, dummy ropin and mutton bustin, but most likely during the Big Loop Roping, where cowpokes have to keep a loop of 18 feet in the air, and on it’s way to a steer without roping anything or anyone in between. Forty teams can enter Saturday. Out of that, ten teams will make it to Sunday competing for the final winnings.
Will the Reid Ranch win a Third Ingomar Ranch Rodeo Championship? That’s anybody’s guess. But what is for sure is that there will be one heckuva competition for top honors. See you there!

Please call Nate Roskelly, at 406-947-2221 for more information.

More photos by Hart Broesel from last year’s 2015 Ingomar Ranch Rodeo.

2015 Ingomar Ranch Rodeo Branding Time

Branding Time.

2015 Ingomar Ranch Rodeo Team roping RR2

Team Roping.

Ingomar, the Little Town with a Big Rodeo....Rides Again

For Immediate Release August 8th, 2016

After the arena dust settled, the stock was loaded, the prize money delivered and the street band had retired for the night, the seven members of the Ingomar Montana Rodeo committee (of a town whose population is twelve) could finally take a moment to realize this year’s 2016 Ingomar Open Rodeo was one of the best ever. The crowd was double the size of previous years. The cook shack sold loads of burgers and dogs. The Jersey Lilly barbecue was once again top notch.  And, the competitors were at the top of their game.

“The bull rides were even better this year,“ said Paul Lansaw, who came all the way from the Mojave Desert to attend. “And the bucking horses…well, they came out gruntin’ and fumin’, looking like they’d just as soon eat you…”

No wonder. The Newman Rodeo Company and Paul Eiker provided rough stock. And Ike Sankey, one of five former NFR qualifiers who attended this year’s event, brought the steers for the Big Sky Steer Roping. Other top notch rodeo names included Deb Greenough, who qualified for twelve consecutive NFRs during his career, and was the world champion bareback bronc rider.Greenough was the crowd pleasing announcer. Also in Ingomar was three-time world champion saddle bronc rider, Brad Germanson; NFR qualifier Wally Badgett, creator of the popular Earl cartoon; and several-time NFR qualifier Colin Murnion, who got to watch his boys take home winnings in both the saddle bronc and bull riding events.

Before the rodeo began, a moment of prayer was offered for three people who had been instrumental in the community, and had passed away during the year; NNN rancher Albert Newman, who helped establish the rodeo and benefitted the town in every way over the years; Jackie Newman, who served as secretary for the Calcutta each year, was an EMT in nearby Melstone and generally considered a wonder woman in many ways; and Mae Ware who was the best sponsor-getting, cook shack operator in the Ingomar Rodeo Club. All will be missed.

From the first event, it was “hold on to your seats, folks…” The ladies came away with impressive pole bending, breakaway roping and barrel times. A Ranch Rodeo style saddle bronc riding event was added this year, and the crowd loved it. Families with kids of all ages packed the town. Horse trailers were everywhere. The Jersey Lilly campground was full.

In the middle of all the commotion, a cowboy-hatted three year old got up on his tiptoes, peeked into the rodeo office, where rodeo committee Secretary Alice Cameron was fairly consumed with paperwork, and boldly announced, “I came for my check.”

Cameron, stopped tallying results, took a look at the tyke, smiled and said, “Maybe next year.” The little cowboy sighed, shook his head and went off to watch the final event.  It had been another great day in Ingomar.

“The Ingomar Rodeo is a nostalgic look into the way things used to be,” added Wally Badgett, “It seemed like folks didn’t rush off…everybody stayed for the steer roping, barbecue and dance.”

Don’t forget, the Ingomar Ranch Rodeo is coming up Labor Day weekend.  The event will be two days this year, with fifteen teams from Idaho, Wyoming and Montana taking part. See you there!

For more information, please contact
Linda Lou Crosby

Photos by Hart Broesel

Ingomar Rodeo 2016

Ingomar Rodeo 2015 Cowboy bucked off bronc
It is Ingomar Rodeo season, and the town is getting ready to welcome contestants and attendees for its Saturday, July 30th, annual, small town rodeo extravaganza.


“Well, I don’t know if we would call it an extravaganza exactly,” said Donald John Cameron, president of the Ingomar Rodeo Committee, “but we sure have some excellent events, riders, and food.”

Added money this year totals $3500. Newman Rodeo and Paul Eiker are bringing their stock. You will see cowpokes match their skills with bucking horses and bulls, team ropers battling the clock, cowgirls racing the barrels, and get to chow down on some of the best polish hotdogs and juicy burgers you ever tasted, available at the cook shack. This year there will also be Ranch Rodeo style Bronc Riding.

Ingomar MT 2015 rodeo getting the bulls ready

“It is a family event,” added Cameron, “The town will be out there in full force welcoming everybody.”

Kids will have their chance at special events as well. As always, the Jersey Lilly is providing an outdoors barbecue and a street dance after the event.

Paul Lansaw plans to come all the way from the Mojave Desert to attend his third annual Ingomar rodeo. “Lookin’ forward to it. Good events – good people – good food,” said Lansaw.

The announcer will be the crowd pleasing, former world champion bareback bronc rider Deb Greenough. Ingomar is an open rodeo. Call Alice at 406-358-2255 to find out more about entering. Come on down.