Rural Olympics Hall of Fame The Rural Olympics Hall of Fame

The Rural Olympics Hall of Fame was founded in May, 2005. Our Mission is to honor those whose outstanding actions and extraordinary contributions to the Rural Olympics have resulted in its continued success, popularity, and quality. The Museum will collect, preserve and display artifacts and historical information pertaining to the Antelope Valley Fair and Alfalfa Festival Rural Olympics for the purpose of documenting the agricultural heritage of the Antelope Valley for future generations.

2016 Rural Olympics Hall of Fame

2016 ROHOF Inductees

The Rural Olympics Hall of Fame committee selected the following candidates for induction in 2016.  

The 2016 Golden Hay Hook Awards were presented at the AV Fair Kickoff by Bill Rawlings, center to David Calvert, left, and John Calvert, right.

The Calvert Brothers
John & David

John and David Calvert 2016 Inductees

Since 1991 brothers John and David Calvert have competed in the Antique Auto Potato Race with David driving their 1949 Plymouth Coupe and John stabbing the 5 potatoes along the 100 yard course.  They won first place that first year and four more times since. As of their 2016 induction into the Rural Olympics Hall of Fame they had finished in the top three places thirteen times.

A new Potato Race record of 17.14 seconds was set by the Calvert Brothers in 1994. Then in 2003, the last year at the Division and Avenue I Fairgrounds, John and David tied their own record. For over 25 years no other team managed to complete that race within 2.3 seconds of the Calvert’s twice equaled time.  Even though another class for newer and even modified autos has been added to the event, John & David Calvert have held their record.

Pictured is John Calvert stabbing and David Calvert driving in the 2014 Rural Olympics.


July 2019
Glenn Losey II
Lori Losey

July 2018
Max Harter
Randy Jaqua

July 2017
Paul Knapp
Rich Breault
Liz Breault

July 2016
John Calvert
David Calvert

July 2015
Pete Knapp
Julie Kyle

July 2014
John Krueger
Darth Eliopulos
Bert Weststyn
Pete Weststyn

July 2013
Giovanni Simi
Chris Planellas
Steve McCormack
Randy Hall

July 2012
Bill Rawlings
Danny Taylor
John Knapp
Scott Harter

July 2011
Jeff Godde
Marleen Griffin
Tom Hall
Terry Rice
Gonzalo Rodriguez
Bruce Yates

July 2010
Ralph Bozigian
Ted Eliopulos
Harold Johnson
Frank Lori
Bill Offingai
Rick Offinga
Bob Yates

July 2009
Wayne Arnold
Ron Carter
Whit Carter
Don Jaqua, Jr.
Sheldon Jaqua
“Old Militia” / Ernie Bailey
Vern Wemple

July 2008
Mel Clark
Al Duncan
Otis Fairchild
John Hemme
Bobby Jones
Judge William Keller
Ray Krueger
Don Padgett

July 2007
Olin Derrick
Les Fredeen
Lawrence “Butch” Godde
Len Griffin
Len Leydecker
M.J. “Jumbo” Reynolds
Frank Stubbings
Keith Tindall

July 2006
Dean Berg
Walter Detjen
Glenn Losey
Lester Losey
Harold “Red Dog” Mansperger
Ray McCormick
Scott Rawlings

July 2005
Donald R. Jaqua, Sr.

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