v1983 – A railroad trestle near Hoskins, Oregon, was torn down to supply poles to start construction of the arena. Log trucks, lowboys and cats were used in the demolition. Holding pens for the livestock were built using poles and used logging steel cable to divide and secure the pens. The arena measured 150 x 240. The first rodeo was held the second weekend in June.
v1984 – A concrete slab was poured for the dance floor, 50 x 100 feet, fenced beer garden area and stage. One set of bleachers was constructed. Because of weather the committee decided to change the date of the Philomath Frolic & Rodeo to the second full weekend in July.
v1985 – A second set of bleachers were constructed.
v1986 – The rodeo arena was rebuilt and extended an extra 60 feet, to enable the Frolic to eventually feature Antique Tractor – Pulls. The bigger arena is also a big plus for the rodeo contestants. (150 x 300 feet).
v1987 – Underground electricity, domestic water system, and an automatic sprinkler system were all installed. The underground power made it much nicer for the arts and crafts booths.
v1988 – Another set of bleachers were built and will now seat a maximum of 2500 people, and provide handicap access. A caretaker was placed on the property. A single wide manufactured home was purchased by the caretaker and resides there at no cost except for own electricity.
v1989 – Enlarged fenced beer garden area, now known as the Yew Wood Corral.
v1990 – Added fill dirt to grounds.
v1991 – Installed sixty 1000 watt, each, flood lights on five poles around the arena. Built a log building for storage and ticket office, plus fenced the beer garden area with half-round log walls.
v1992 – Enlarged the concrete slab for dancing to make it the largest outdoor dance floor in the Northwest. 100 x 100 feet. Planted trees on the west side of property line and landscaping of the 11th street entrance was finalized.
v1993 – Maintenance was the objective of this year. The “Desert Rose Band” (semiprofessional band) played this year at our 40th year as Philomath Frolic and the 10th year as a sanctioned rodeo.
v1994 – Blacktop was laid around ticket office and Yew Wood Corral. Philomath Frolic & Rodeo was voted the “Best NPRA (Northwest Professional Rodeo Association) rodeo in the Northwest”. This award is voted on by all participating cowboys and director’s for the NPRA. There are 45 rodeos in this association. Membership is around 1600 persons.
v1995 – A memorial was constructed to commemorate our departed friends of the rodeo and community. Two 12′ x 16′ highway signs on east and west ends of Philomath were erected. Philomath Frolic & Rodeo was voted the “Best NPRA Rodeo in the Northwest” for the second year in a row.
v1996 – Installed steel constructed frame over roof of the bleachers. Built an announcer stand and rodeo office. Hosted Northwest Professional Rodeo Association year end finals at Philomath.
v1997 – Our first event called Bull-O-Rama was held. This event is bull riding only. Hosted Northwest Professional Rodeo Association year end finals at Philomath.
v1998 – The stock pens were repaired and additional paving was laid. For the third year Philomath Frolic & Rodeo was voted the “Best NPRA Rodeo in the Northwest”. Bull-O-Rama was held again in August.
v1999 – A permanent roof was built over the handicap area and additional electrical and water was added to the Arts & Craft area. Additional blacktop was laid past the ticket office and in caretaker’s driveway and 200 feet down the runway. Our last Bull-O-Rama was held. Our first Tuff Truck Competition was held in August. An 85 foot long, 4 inches thick, 36 inches wide piece of wood was donated by Hull-Oakes Lumber Company of Monroe, Oregon, for a picnic table at the rodeo grounds. A cement slab was poured and a roof was partially constructed.
The community, businesses and individuals are very supportive of this event. This is appreciated by the committee as it helps to provide the well-known community event come to it high standards.