SMRA worked hard to lasso gay rodeo convention to Nashville


Bringing the International Gay Rodeo Association annual convention to Nashville was the culmination of hard work by Nashville’s gay rodeo association.

It was just over a year ago when several members of Nashville’s Smoky Mountain Rodeo Association made a pitch to the members of the International Gay Rodeo Association to vote to bring their annual convention to Nashville.

Members from more than 26 IRGR member associations from the U.S. and Canada voted to hold the 2006 annual meeting at The Hotel Preston in Nashville.

"We’re looking forward to showcasing Nashville to our fellow associations," said Bill Tedder, treasurer of SMRA. "This is an exciting opportunity for our organization. SMRA and Nashville were all the buzz at last year’s convention. Everyone is excited about coming. This is a wonderful opportunity for us and Nashville and we already have big plans in mind."

Tedder, Justin Waldner, president; Keith Robinson, vice president; Mark Henry, secretary and Scott Stringer, trustee, made the pitch to more than 170 delegates at last year’s convention, which was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Tom Sheridan and Tam Keltner represented SMRA as delegates at the convention. The group made their pitch wearing "Minnie Pearl" like hats, with a PowerPoint presentation showcasing Nashville. 

"Nashville is a great place, and the fact that we can show the delegates Southern hospitality as well as being the home of country music, makes it a perfect city to hold the IGRA’s annual convention," Tedder added.