2019 Elgin Stampede Grand Marshal – Marion McCrae
Our Grand Marshal for the 2019 Elgin Stampede moved to Elgin in 1998, yet he was already known by many here, having moved from Wallowa County.
Known by many, he was a friend to more, especially because of gathering every morning with the locals for coffee at the Brunswick. Not long after moving here, he was working alongside of Odies Payne, helping prepare food for the Elgin Alumni Banquet, the Steak Feed, and other Stampede catering events.
The association with the Stampeders attracted him to the many building projects that were happening each spring at the rodeo grounds in preparation for that year’s rodeo, and so he showed up at all our work days to help wherever he could.
Being such a good hand at anything he did to help, and being so reliable, we soon convinced him to be a director. He was on the Board of Directors for five years. Among many other responsibilities as a director, grounds maintenance was his #1 duty.
Marion was actually selected an earlier year to represent us, but was very sick and didn’t feel he could commit to the responsibility of that position. So, this year the Stampeders are doing something that has not been done in our 73-year history. We are honoring our 2019 Grand Marshal posthumously.
Last year, we lost more than a great Stampeder, we lost a very good friend, and a friend we really miss.