In the early years of the Virden Indoor Rodeo and Wild West Daze, Scott Biccum, known to many as “Shady”, was persuaded by Cathy Gerrand to help with the opening ceremonies. It was just a small part – operating the spot lights. He was recruited several years later by fellow committee member Shelley Slater to assist with sponsorship arrangements. The first corporate supporter Scott acquired was Cosgrove Auto Body (now known as A. Wilson Auto Body), and the firm has continued to be a chute sponsor each year. Scott then moved on to assist Mona Kenderdine with the planning and venue preparation for the dance. He was one of a dedicated group of volunteers who handled the set up and take down duties, and the often thankless job of cleaning up as well.
For the first time, Scott became a sub-committee chairperson, taking over the responsibility for admissions, which included lining up workers, organizing and scheduling them, and keeping track of the receipts. He instituted a unique admission stamp with a bucking horse on it that is still in use today. It seemed like a significant expense at the time but has served the rodeo quite well.
The time demands of a young family took Scott away, but only for a couple of years. For the last six he has been back, and is now part of the group which hosts the VIP reception and banquet, which has become a significant part of the weekend.
Scott is not a cowboy, but rather a dedicated community supporter. In all, he has been involved with the Virden Indoor Rodeo & Wild West Daze for 19 years, most of those as a volunteer helping to perform tasks large and small that make it so enjoyable – whether you’re a sponsor, competitor or spectator. He exemplifies the dedication and commitment of some 300 volunteers – helping hands who do their utmost to make the rodeo weekend run smoothly.
Scott, his wife Denise and daughters Taylor and Logan reside in Virden.
|DR. EVERETT MORE