Prior to the official start of the 66th annual Brush Rodeo, personalities – including featured artists, sponsors, members of the Brush Rodeo Association, Rodeo Royalty, volunteers and artists – were invited to be the first guests of the Center for Arts & Community Enrichment (CACE) Western Art Show, which runs from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily on July 10 at the Mark Arndt Event Center. Participants socialized by viewing the works on display and chatting with artists. Each year, VIPs also vote for a work of art that will win the People’s Choice Award. The photo of 2020 winner Zach Chapman was on display at the event and auctioned off for $ 275 after dinner, which was served by Drovers Restaurant, a local favorite.
The VIP dinner began with presentations from members of the Brush Rodeo Association and local artists and guests. Mary Zorn, CACE Visual Arts Committee Co-Chair, thanked the artists and discussed CACE’s role in promoting visual, performing and community arts in Morgan County. Sponsors were also recognized for helping raise money for the awards and attracting crowds.
2021 Brush Rodeo Queen Rozilyn Sheppard, 2021 Brush Rodeo Sweetheart Tenleigh Lorenzini and Sateen Keller, who is posing as the 2023 Brush Rodeo Queen, were in attendance and introduced themselves in the room.
The Rodeo Family of the Year Award 2021 was then presented to Mr. and Mrs. David Sharman, who have supported the longtime rodeo.
âI appreciate this honor. It has been long and coming, and I hope to continue to help the board as we move forward. Thank you, âSharman said.
Morgan County Commissioner Gordon Westhoff then volunteered to serve as auctioneer for the night. Zach Chapman’s award-winning framed photograph was purchased by highest bidder, David Basil, and Ed Goff with Wickham Tractor Company placed the highest bid of $ 300 for a full-page ad in next year’s program.