WALLA WALLA — There will be a new rodeo event at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds during this year’s Fair and Frontier Days Rodeo, which begins today and runs through Sunday.
It’s being called Bravest vs. Finest and it is the brainchild of Tim Corfield, who died last month less than a year after he was selected as member of the fair’s board of directors.
Corfield was a longtime rodeo coach at Walla Walla Community College and spent an even longer period of time as the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s commissioner. So it’s little wonder that his idea to honor Walla Walla’s policemen and firefighters in a community event is rodeo oriented.
Bravest vs. Finest will feature members of the Walla Walla Police Department and the Walla Walla Fire Department competing against each other on a mechanical bull that will be located near the Pepsi Plaza Stage at the north end of the fairgrounds.
Each member of each department will take one ride on the bucking bull during today’s first session, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
The top four qualifiers from each department, based on judged scores, will advance to Friday’s 4 p.m. finals.
Judges for the event are Steve Van Ausdle, president at Walla Walla Community College; Mike Hewitt, state senator from the 16th District; and Perry Dozier, county commissioner.
Representing the Fire Department will be Keith Farrens, Matt Ricks, Todd Stubblefield, John Knowles, Paul Henline, Jim Stovall, Fred Hector, Shawn Ongers, Eric Wood, Joe Tobin, Jay Jones, Travis Mauiri, Jenny Rasley, Rockey Eastman, Dean Atkinson, Jake Riggs and Phill Tonn. Scheduled Police Department contestants are Tim Bennett, Kevin Huxoll, Mike Moses, Jeremy Pellicer, Dany Lackey, Bryant Stringham, Scott Skramstad, Travis Goodwin, Matt Greenland, Gunnar Fulmer, Ignacio Colin, Tim Hollingsworth, Luke Watson, Steve Duehn, Chris Ruchert and Randy Allessio.
On Saturday, members of the Bravest and Finest will ride down main street in the annual fair parade, with the winners expected to make a lot of noise and the losers under orders to remain quiet.
The two departments are competing for the first annual Tim Corfield Memorial Award.