HALSTEAD — A Halstead native known for his days on the rodeo circuit is about to be inducted into a hall of fame.
It's not the first time Bobby Berger has entered a hall of fame — in 1980 he was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo., for Saddle Bronc Riding. Berger will be inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame next month.
Berger was born June 22, 1945, in Halstead. His family lived in rural Halstead. He qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 13 times, winning titles in bull riding in 1971 and saddle bronc riding in 1980. The winner of the PRCA championship in 1977 was based on earnings from the entire season, and Berger won the championship in saddle bronc riding with total earnings of $25,431.
He went on to win the World Championship in 1979.
Berger is one of six inductees for the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame Sept. 28 in Dodge City.
Included this year will also be Kenneth and Marshall Hoy of Cassoday, Raymond E. Adams of Plains, Jim Sherer of Dodge City and Stan Herd of Lawrence.
Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees are selected by committee in five different categories: Working Cowboy, Cowboy Historian, Cowboy Entertainer/Artist, Rodeo Cowboy and Cattleman/Rancher. Each inductee has contributed significantly to the western heritage lifestyle and preservation of the cowboy culture in Kansas. They personify cowboy ideals of integrity, honesty and self-sufficiency. They have state-wide historic significance and are a native or current resident of Kansas.
The Eleventh annual Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will be Sept. 28 in Dodge City. An open house and reception will take place at Boot Hill Museum from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. The induction ceremony will take place later that evening at the Hoover Pavilion in Wright Park. For more information on the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame please visit www.boothill.org or contact Boot Hill Museum at 620-227-8188 or firstname.lastname@example.org.