Parade held on Thursday, July 13, followed by two nights of professional rodeo on Friday and Saturday
information released, pictured above: Bernice with her 23-year old horse Lola
The Chelan Rustlers Saddle Club Board of Directors is proud to announce the selection of Bernice Bernatz to be this year’s Grand Marshal for the Lake Chelan Pro Rodeo Parade and associated events. The Board selected Bernatz for her lifelong love of horses and her many years of dedicated service to the Saddle Club. (see Bernice’s impressive bio below)
This year the Chelan Rustlers Saddle Club, est. in 1953, is celebrating 70 years of rockin’ the rodeos and ridin’ the trails. Bernatz, the club’s longest-standing member, has been with the club for 60 of those 70 years.
“Bernice is the heart and soul of what this Saddle Club is all about.” said Frank Flem, president of the Chelan Rustlers Saddle Club. “Over the course of her tenured membership, she’s served in every board position, helped with numerous events, clinics and projects including our youth programs and has become the unofficial historian for our club. No member today knows this club’s story better than she does.”
As Grand Marshal, Bernatz will represent the Saddle Club in the Lake Chelan Rodeo parade, the weekend Pro Rodeo events along with other speaking opportunities, interviews and celebration events being planned as part of the Lake Chelan Pro Rodeo weekend. Festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 starting with the parade down Woodin Avenue and followed by pre-rodeo activities at Chelan’s Riverwalk Park.
Two nights of professional rodeo will follow on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15. Bernatz also will be working with the Chelan Historical Museum to share the club’s background and history for an article that will be published later this fall.
Flem further added, “I speak on behalf of all the Board when I say that Bernice’s years of service to this Saddle Club have been invaluable. She’s the perfect Grand Marshal for this year’s rodeo festivities and milestone celebration.”
Lake Chelan Pro Rodeo information can be found at www.chelansaddleclub.org/pro-rodeo.