Rural Olympics

Hall of Fame


The Rural Olympics Hall of Fame was founded in May, 2005. Our Mission is to honor those whose outstanding actions and extraordinary contributions to the Rural Olympics have resulted in its continued success, popularity, and quality. The Museum will collect, preserve and display artifacts and historical information pertaining to the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival Rural Olympics for the purpose of documenting the agricultural heritage of the Antelope Valley for future generations.

"Golden Hay Hook"

The "Golden Hay Hook" is awarded by the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival to those inducted into the Rural Olympics Hall of Fame for their outstanding participation, support and/or performance in the Rural Olympics. Click on each year in the right column to view full stories >  



Directors Award 2008

The Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival presented the Rural Olympics Hall of Fame Committee with the Directors Award at the Fair Kickoff Dinner in 2008. Pictured are from left to right: Directors Deana Ward and Ron Emard; honorees Bill Rawlings; Marion Ritchie, widow of Willard Ritchie; Giovanni Simi; Barbara Sterk; Glenn Losey; David Pickus; Jerry Sterk; Directors Shawny Barcelona and Matthew Jimmink. Honorees not pictured are: Walt Detjen; “Red Dog” Mansperger; Ray McCormick; Steve McCormick; and Kirk Wallis.

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