The Elgin Stampeders are raising matching funds in preparation for a grant application to build a community multi-purpose building at the Stampede grounds. This drawing depicts the west side of the proposed building. (WC Construction)
by TRISH YERGES / Observer correspondent
Membership drive barbecue and dance slated Saturday with proceeds going to building fund
ELGIN — The Elgin Stampeders are hosting a membership drive barbecue and dance Saturday starting at 5 p.m. All of the net proceeds will be contributed to the new Stampede Hall building fund.
The Stampeders will serve the barbecue dinner from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The menu includes barbecued hamburgers, hot dogs with condiments, chips and a variety of salads along with coffee and punch. People are welcome to bring their own beverages if they want.
The dance will follow with a variety of recorded music and karaoke from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
“This is only a membership drive,” said Rocky Burgess, a Stampede director and spokesman for the event. “We’re going to start doing this again, hopefully every year to renew memberships. If people want to join, this is how they join. People can come and find out what we do, that we have our own website and that we have things going on.”
This membership barbeque is a revival of the way things were done years ago, Burgess said.
“Many years ago our steak feed was originally set up as a membership steak feed,” said Burgess. “Back then it cost five bucks a plate with a dance afterward. But as time went by, the steak feed got a little bit more and a little bit more and now it’s a huge event. It seemed like the membership drive part of it kinda got put to the side.”
In the last few years, all kinds of people have been wanting to join the Stampeders, Burgess said, so the Stampeders have decided to host a membership barbeque each spring. It will be an organized way for people to sign up or renew their membership. Membership cards will be issued at this event to each member or family head.
Costs for memberships are $30 for a family and $20 for singles. A membership entitles a person or family to use the Stampede grounds for funerals, weddings or other gatherings, and it allows members to ride their horses there, if they want to do so.
“If you’re a Stampede member, our insurance covers you here,” said Burgess. “You still need to call and reserve the hall for a function, but while you’re here, you are covered by our insurance. There’s no rent on the hall or rodeo grounds, but of course, in the winter, a member would have to pay for the power and heat used at the hall, but that’s it.”
A membership does not obligate anyone to attend the Stampeders’ meetings or work at any of the fund-raising events if they don’t want to, Burgess said. Members still must buy their own rodeo tickets just like the general public.
With the membership proceeds, the Stampeders are attempting to fund raise for a new Stampede Hall.
“We’re trying to get a grant to build that hall, but we have to have matching funds so we have to get that number up,” said Burgess. “One hundred percent of the membership drive funds go into it. All donations will be accepted too. Donations should be made out to the Elgin Stampeders c/o the building fund.”
If anyone wishes to be a sponsor of the Stampede Rodeo, they may inquire with the Stampeders at the barbeque and dance.
“I hope to see everyone out for a big Stampede membership barbeque,” said Burgess. “We hope to meet a lot of people and see a lot of new faces. It’s going to be a good time, and hopefully, it will kick off the beginning of a membership drive every year.”
For more information about Stampede membership or the membership barbeque and dance, contact Rocky Burgess at 541-786-2417.