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Betty Lou is the daughter of Ern and Frances Adams, charter members of the Elgin Stampede and its ultimate honor club, The Legends. Since her parents were very active, it was only natural that she would be.

Her earliest memories include Stampede workdays over the weekends, with breakfast prepared for the workers on an old cookstove.

At age five, one of her primary jobs was picking up rocks on the race track, “Where I picked rocks, and picked rocks, and picked rocks….”

At age 14, she started riding in the drill team and competing in various events.

One of her fondest memories is going into the Minam River Country on horseback after the rodeo was over for the year. Most members went, and all gathered at the Anderson Ranch. As Betty Lou began to tell her stories, we decided what happens at the Anderson Ranch, should stay at the Anderson Ranch.

Besides her parents, Ern and Frances, there is a long line of family involvement. Farrell, her older sister, was on the court in 1955.Betty Lou was on the court in 1962. Her husband Marvin was Stampede President in 1985 (and most of us know the role of the First Lady in these volunteer events!). She chaired or was deeply involved in Stampeder events for many years, including the annual crab feed, and beer garden, as well as organizing the Grand Parade for years, with the help of Cheryl Coe. In 1990, her mother, Frances, was the Grand Marshall, and that same year, her daughter, Sheri Lou, was the Stampede Queen. In 2019, her granddaughter, Tymra Anderson, was a Stampede princess.

Betty Lou has wonderful memories of her times with the Elgin Stampeders. She said, “It was a simpler time. There were always dances or riding events, and work days--where people came to work, and have a great time just being together.”


The Stampeders are honored to recognize Betty Lou as the 2022 Stampede Grand Marshal!

Past Stampede Grand Marshals

2021 Dale & Julianne Clark
2019 Marion McCrae
2018 Jim Travis
2017 Ed Botz
2016 Nelda Payne
2015 Chris Christenson
2014 Jerry & Donna Williams
2013 Rich Cason
2012 Linda Moore
2011 Derv Fortenberry
2010 Norma Rysdam
2009 Joe & Phyllis Bechtel
2008 Dell & Sally Parsons
2007 Reta Hindman
2006 Genevieve Wells
2005 George Follett
2004 Edna Stowe
2003 Sonny Weatherspoon
2002 Jack Pruett
2001 Odies Payne & Stagecoach Crew
2000 John & Alta Hunt
1999 Wayne & Karrel Johnson
1998 Royce & Hazel Moore
1997 Margaret Follett
1996 Ross Hardy
1995 Thordis Whittemore
1994 Larry Shaffer
1993 Stewart Guthery
1992 Milt Heighes
1991 Willie Schlegel
1990 Fancis Adams
1989 Betty Trump
1988 Beth Krause-Miller
1987 Garrett & Cecile Van Arsdale
1986 Jay Follett
1985 Henry Sallee
1984 Billy Hindman
1983 Myra & Walter Klinghammer
1982 Dean Moore
1981 Bus Courtney
1980 Irene Gilliam
1979 Ern Adams
1978 Pete Trump
1977 Ken Murchison
1976 Laurose Hibberd
1975 Jim McClure
1974 Larry Follett
1973 Francis Miller
1972 Harry Gilliam
1971 Lenau Tucker
1970 Rex Roulet
1969 Carl Long
1966 Jay Follett

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