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Hall of Fame

The Rodeo Austin Hall of Fame is the most prestigious honor that can be bestowed upon  an individual for their years of dedication and service to the organization's mission. In 2012, Rodeo Austin inducted the inaugural class of inductees and continues to add to outstanding individuals each year.
 
In order to receive this honor, a person must have demonstrated a significant and long term commitment to the mission, Promoting Youth Education - Preserving Western Heritage.  These individuals are stand out as first-class leaders whose contributions are extraordinary. 

 
Curtis Calhoun

Curtis Calhoun

Curtis has been a devoted and enthusiastic volunteer for well over thirty years. As President in 1995, Curtis played a poignant role in the finances of Rodeo Austin making sure Scholarship giving always remains a top priority. 
Jimmy Callahan

Jimmy Callahan

Jimmy Callahan, 1983 President, was a critical player in the establishment of the Youth Fair in 1980 to include youth from urban backgrounds in competition which included projects like baking, sewing, planting and even had a Special Ed division. 
Verlin Callahan

Verlin Callahan

Verlin Callahan reins from a family who can be called one of the founding families of Rodeo Austin. Verlin selflessly served as President in 1973, and has continued to play an influential and strategic role in the organizations growth over the years. 
Mike Eledge

Mike Eledge

Mike Eledge, 1986 President, assisted the Rodeo announcers for more than 20 years, helping bring colorful commentary to Rodeo Fans. Mike also helped with the Scholarship & Endowment Program as well as Strategic Planning for the future of the Show. 
Jay Evans

Jay Evans

Jay Evans is a two time President (1979,1985) and has been an effective and loyal leader for well over thirty years. Jay has served in and advanced all areas of the Show, most recently with his work helping Rodeo Austin meet long-term vision goals. 
Dr. Charles W. Graham

Dr. Charles W. Graham

Dr. Graham with the help of his entire family, have been long time philanthropists of Rodeo Austin. Over his lifetime, Dr. Graham has accumulated a multitude of prestigious awards and accolades, all while being an inspiration to everyone he meets.  
Haskell Griffin

Haskell Griffin

Since Haskell began his journey with Rodeo Austin, he has been a force of strength and inspiration to all volunteers. During his Presidency in 1996, Haskell paved the way, implementing crucial logistical ideas which launched Rodeo Austin to success. 
Terrell Hamann

Terrell Hamann

Terrell, 1993 President, is known for his tireless work with the Logistics Committee in the late 80s and early 90s. Terrell implemented and built the Show's first entry portals which paved the way for financial successes.  
Bill Knolle

Bill Knolle

Bill Knolle served as President in 1984 and established the Founders Club Membership program which has recruited nearly 500 members to date. Bill has also donated countless hours of legal services to Rodeo Austin, all to help the non-profit mission.  
Mike Levi

Mike Levi

Mike Levi lead the charge as President in 1990. His visionary goals and reputable demeanor are what lead to awarding $50,000 in scholarships to 49 eager Texas students. Mike continues to make a huge impact in the organization today. 
L.J. Luedecke

L.J. Luedecke

The late Louis J., a local Austin philanthropist, can be accredited with generously gifting the organization funds to expand facilities in the 1970's. In honor of his generosity, the 1971 Show was dedicated to L.J. Luedecke. 
Ted Nagel

Ted Nagel

Ted Nagel, 1981 President, was an instrumental leader of endowment and fundraising programs throughout the 80s and 90s through Austin Tequila Society, which is now the Austin Endowment Society. 
Robert Sneed

Robert Sneed

The late Robert Sneed, helped start the scholarship program in 1981 when nine students received $500 scholarships. Roberts Hall of Fame quote reads, “When you look back and reflect on a life well lived, the integrity of a man withstands a lifetime." 
Hil Stroup

Hil Stroup

Hil has committed a good portion of his life to progressing the mission of Rodeo Austin. During his Presidency in 1998 the Show decided to expand all Competitive Events into seven additional counties, reaching and engaging more youth than ever before.