NAMPA — "This was a pleasant surprise for us and a wonderful way to kick off the celebration of our 100th anniversary which will be in 2015," Stampede President Jeff Agenbroad said during a press conference Wednesday.
Several rodeo legends and former Miss Rodeo Americas were on hand for the announcement, including one of the first Hall of Fame inductees and 11-time world champion, Dean Oliver of Greenleaf, and Caldwell's Dee Pickett, one of the nation's top ropers and 2003 Hall of Fame inductee.
"It is a real feather in this community's hat. It is the biggest honor they can receive, to be recognized as one of the best rodeos in the world," said Pickett, who was named 1984 world champion cowboy and is a former Boise State quarterback.
Pickett's great-grandfather rode in the 1913 Nampa bucking contest that was the Snake River Stampede predecessor. Pickett began competing in the Snake River Stampede in 1978.
Of the 286 ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductees, just 22 are rodeo events.
"The Stampede will be joining the ranks of a select few professional rodeos including the likes of Cheyenne, Pendleton and Calgary," Agenbroad said. "It is the first rodeo in Idaho to be selected and only the second in the Northwest.'' Oregon's Pendleton Round-Up was inducted in 2008.
The induction ceremony will take place Aug. 9 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
This year's Stampede takes place July 15-19 at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa.