There will be a couple major changes for the Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame (BCSHOF) induction ceremony for the next class of inductees.
The BCSHOF will have its next induction on the afternoon of June 27, 2020, and it will remain at Everett High School.
However, the BCSHOF Committee has been looking at ways to increase the attendance at the induction ceremony, and two of the issues that the committee has heard from local sports fans concerning attending the ceremony included the cost and the length of the ceremony.
Earlier this month, the committee decided to make some changes that could affect both those factors.
Starting with the 2020 induction ceremony, there will not be a dinner with the ceremony. Tickets were $25 apiece for the 2019 induction ceremony, and the cost for this summer’s ceremony will be significantly less without the meal. The new ticket cost has not yet been determined.
To address the length of the program, the ceremony will be broken into two parts, most likely with the individuals being inducted in one part and the teams, special recognition, and Bedford Gazette Athletes of the Year being done in the other.
The length of the induction ceremony has been as long as three and a half hours in recent years. It was longer than that in the first couple years, but the meal took place midway through the ceremony.
With the change in how the ceremony will be scheduled, there will be a break between the two parts, but an attendee would only need the one ticket to get into each part of the ceremony.
“We have always wanted to make the Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame one of the premiere events on the Bedford County sports calendar, but the attendance has not always met our expectations,” said BCSHOF President Sam Shuss. “We were approached with this idea of not having a meal and dividing the ceremony into two parts.
“There was a lot of discussion about this because the caterers have always done such a good job, but we understand that the cost may have kept an inductee from bringing his/her entire family. We want to make this as much of a family event as possible.”
The BCSHOF will soon be selecting their nominees and inductees for the 2020 ceremony, but there are many details to be ironed out, especially with the aforementioned changes.
“We are always trying to make the ceremony the best that it can be,” Shuss added. “We have a little time to figure out more of the details. We are able to do this because of the supporters of the Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame, but especially because of our full-time sponsors that we incorporated a couple years ago.
“Because of the sponsorships of Bedford Ford, Thomas Chevrolet, Everett Cash Mutual, Hometown Bank, Somerset Trust Company, and the Everett IGA/Saxton IGA, we have some financial stability that we haven’t had in the past. The support that we have received from all our sponsors and supporters has been outstanding.”
The Bedford County Hall of Fame began back in 2006 and had inducted at least six individuals and one team in every year since the inaugural class. Overall, 123 individuals and 29 teams have been inducted into the BCSHOF thus far.
For more information about the hall of fame including teams and individuals already inducted, you can visit the website at www.bedfordcountysportshalloffame.com.