By Heather Regula, Correspondent
The 18th annual Ring of Honor Induction Ceremony, hosted by the Bell County Cowboy and Cowgirl Hall of Fame, took place at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4008, on Saturday, June 30th. Attendees enjoyed a $10 barbecue lunch, prepared by Big Daddy’s BBQ. Raffle tickets for a 10-foot trailer were sold for $10 each, and a live auction took place.
“We are an organization dedicated to those who ranched, competed in rodeos, or in some other way helped to preserve the Bell County Cowboy way of life. There are well over 100 members in the Ring of Honor, and today we are inducting seven more. Nominated cowboys and cowgirls should have contributed to the western lifestyle in the Bell County area, and be at least 45 years of age,” explained Julie Oglesby, Secretary of the Bell County Cowboy and Cowgirl Hall of Fame. “The Induction Committee reviews all nominations and decides who should be inducted into the Ring of Honor. We are already receiving nominations for next year’s Ring of Honor!”
The 2018 Ring of Honor inductees are: Tommy Wooley, Billy Ralph Mitchell, Vic Vail, Jerry Wayne Hilliard, Becky Walker Hilliard, Troy Tubbs and Jerry Don Gregory.
The new Equine Center, located on the west side of the Bell County Expo Center campus, will be the new home of the Bell County Cowboys and Cowgirls Hall of Fame. With seating for 800, the air-conditioned Equine Center features a 130-foot by 300-foot performance area.
There will be a 55-inch touchscreen monitor installed in the Equine Center. Photographs and biographies of Bell County Cowboy and Cowgirl Hall of Fame members will rotate on other screens set up throughout the center.
The Bell County Expo Center Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the world-class Equine Center will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 27. Tours of the center, food, and drinks will be available, and a performance by the 1st Cavalry Horse Cavalry Detachment will take place.