Lake County Round-Up
P.O. Box 565
Labor Day Weekend
The rodeo museum is officially named the
Lake County Round-up Past Presidents Ed
Garrett Museum. Ed Garrett, who passed
away on Oct. 3, 1991, was president of the
1964 Round-up and was the Grand Marshal
in 1991. Each year's president and court are
remembered with plaques and information
on the walls of the museum.
The idea for the museum started at a
monthly Round-up Association meeting.
Through discussions it was acknowledged
that the group was lacking for a monthly
meeting place and that photographs
documenting the annual rodeo were
probably being discarded since there was
no place to display them. The past
presidents took on the project and started
developing the idea. The committee
consisted of Marvin "Tuffy" Butler, Don
Hotchkiss, Bill Messner, George Iremonger,
and John Flynn. The next step was
searching for financing for the project.
After Ed Garrett's passing, his family started a memorial fund in his
honor. At first they weren't certain what the monies would go for. Then
they heard about the museum. The Ed Garrett Memorial fund and the
Garrett family donated $5,000, matching a donation made by the
Round-up's past presidents.
Other donations made to get the museum started included $5,000 from
Truman Collins and $4,000 from the Oregon Trails matching grant. The
original building was paid for before it opened.
The hardest part was collecting the photos of the Round-up queens
and princesses, a process that took about two years to complete. Hats,
chaps, saddles and Round-up queen's outfits are among the displays.
The number of photographs being displayed has reached the point
where an addition is needed. There are plans but no funding at the
The museum was officially dedicated and opened in the spring of 1993
in conjunction with the Oregon Trails kick-off.
The museum is located on the west side of the Lake County
Fairgrounds. During the 3 days of the Round-Up and Fair each year, it
is open to the public and staffed by volunteers. It is open by
appointment only the remainder of the year (contact John Flynn -
541-947-4534). There is no admission charge but contributions to help
maintain and continue the museum may be sent to John Flynn, 424 So.
H St., Lakeview, OR 97630.
Lake County Round-up Past
Presidents Ed Garrett Museum