Stampede Days

We regret to inform everyone that will all the restrictions on Stampede Days, because of the Covid 19 Pandemic, we will not be able to produce this event for 2020. 

Please watch for more information for Thursday July 15th, Friday, July 16th,  Saturday, July 17th, and Sunday, July 18th 2021.
Each of the nonprofits involved uses this event as a major fundraiser.  Please visit the Stampede Days Website to make a donation if you are able to do so.

Happy trails to all of you and see you next year!

Stampede Days is designed to celebrate the tradition of the Snake River Stampede, supporting our
nonprofits that contribute so much to our community and build connections to benefit all.

Join us for all of the fun and festivities in Lakeview Park on Thursday July 11th, Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th, 2019.
Sponsor recognition, Fireman’s Charity Fund Dinner, Kiwanis Steak Fry, Boys & Girls Club Breakfast, Kids Activities, Great Music and more!

Karcher Mall is once again making changes that affect the growth of our community, just as they did in 1965. Starting on the First Friday in May, Karcher Mall, in conjunction with Gold Buckle Champions, will be hosting an event that showcases the creativity of our community. The “Art of Building a Community”. Artisans are invited to come and showcase their creativity.
Karcher Mall has always been a leader in setting the pace for the community and is continuing to do so. Karcher Mall management team is demonstrating innovative ideas by promoting nonprofit organizations. Gold Buckle Champions and Dreamweaver Musical Theater are working in conjunction with the mall management, to bring their ideas of creativity to Treasure Valley.
[quote align="center" color="#999999"]"We are looking to discover, to seek, to inspire, and to explore creativity in all its forms within Treasure Valley.” quoted Executive Director, Sue Marostica. “This is not just about the visual and performing arts, but about creativity. To quote Harvey Firestone, “Capital isn't so important in business. Experience isn't so important. You can get both these things. What is important is ideas. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and there isn't any limit to what you can do with your business and your life."[/quote]
Karcher’s First Friday will be May 6th, the Art of Building a Community, starting with fun events, from 7-9 pm. We will feature western line dancing instruction, great food from some local establishments, and amazing art work from very talented local artists. Gold Buckle Champion will take applications, on their website or stop by their store at the mall, from anyone who wants to inspire creativity, to be able to showcase their ideas for the next month
[quote align="center" color="#999999"]“Here at the Karcher Mall, we believe that doing First Friday events will bring the community together in a fun, safe, and environmentally controlled setting. We look forward to these events and hope that everyone else will as well.” – Amber Acree, Karcher Mall Management[/quote]

The May 6th was a great kick off for Gold Buckle Champion’s “Art of Building a Community” First Friday year around events at Karcher Mall!

The Art of Building a Community is geared to seek, discover, inspire, and explore creativity in all its forms.   Here are some of the activities that we would like to offer the general public.

  • Western Style Dance Classes.  We propose to hold dance classes complete with a sound system and DJ / instructor to teach classes in western dance such as, but not limited to:  Line Dancing, East Coast Swing, Two-Step, Western Cha-Cha.
  • Wine and Brewery tasting event with local wineries and breweries
  • Cooking Shows such as Backcountry cooking, local chefs and restaurants
  • Food Truck Rally’s and competitions
  • Dummy Roping Contests
  • Booth spaces for people to display and sell their creativity
  • Art shows and displays from local artisans
  • Performing art competitions

We are gearing up to bring Art, Food, Wine, and Western Dancing and so much more to our community this summer!

June 3rd   we are featuring John Stout to teach country dancing. He has taught for more than 25 years and is a great teacher for those that don’t have any dancing experience. He is bringing his talent and music to Gold Buckle Champion and Karcher Mall!

If you would like to join us in bringing creativity to our community, please use this form to contact us.

Join us in building our community through art!  Classes have started, and more to follow!

Class schedules have been updated!  View the schedule HERE.  Sign up now!  Class sizes are limited!  (Click on “Show more Sign Ups” to see all that is available)

Gold Buckle Champion teaches the fundamentals of art to everyone for free.  This is a 16 week course, divided into 4 classes each.  Sign up NOW!  Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date!

Fundamentals of Art – Drawing.  This 4 week program that covers the first 6 basic essentials to art – Line, Shape, Form, Value, Texture and Space or Perspective.  Additionally, students will be given instruction on composition.  Students will have several exercises to do and will create an original artwork based on their knowledge of these 6 essentials of art

4 consecutive weeks course       Cost:  FREE.  Limited to 12 students

(We can start a new class from the beginning, but we need at least 4 people to do this.  Email Lisa Bower, to set this up)?

Fundamentals of Art – Color.  This 4 week program covers the basics of Color Theory and Composition.  Students will create color wheels, learn about color schemes, how to mix colors and what makes for a great composition. Students will have several exercises to do and will create an original artwork in color using acrylic paints.

4 consecutive weeks course       Cost:  FREE.  Limited to 12 students

Self-Identity Portrait.  This series encourages students to think about themselves in terms of symbolism.  In this program, students explore what factors such as race, religion and family shape their personal identity. They will then create self-portraits made up of objects, symbols and/or imagery that represent various parts of their identities.

4 consecutive weeks course       Cost:  FREE.  Limited to 12 students

Western Heritage Project    These lessons will cover what Western Heritage is and what that means to the students today.  Western Heritage is a lifestyle.  This includes work, family, community.  Western Heritage was the generation that instituted the “reduce, reuse, repurpose” program.  Nothing went to waste and values were high principles of living.  These included family, hard work and pride in craftsmanship.

4 consecutive weeks course                      Cost:  FREE.  Limited to 12 students

Additional Art Classes  Acrylics, Biro Technique (Ball Point Pen Beginner and Advance), Crochet 101 & 102, Learning to Weave, Coffee & Color Book, Clay Figure Sculpting,  Water Color Pencils, and more!

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Art of Building a Community

By our actions, we wish to demonstrate the legendary proceedings of the men and women, unafraid of hard work, who founded the west, and the lifestyle that gave them the courage it took to endure its hardships and lead them to a better life.

In the 1800’s every large ranch held a rodeo or a “cattle cutting” and invited the entire community out to be involved. So began the “Art of Building a Community”. Ranchers revealed crafts, sold wares, exchanged recipes, but most of all, they shared laughter and ideas. They worked side by side to teach and guide their children and developed a strong community.

Gold Buckle Champion continues the tradition of our Western Heritage by teaching and guiding our children. Our focus is on developing a pride in craftsmanship, the value of hard work, and instilling can-do attitudes in our children with  various projects in Treasure Valley.

Imagine the Champion in You .. Make a Difference

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Stampede Community Festival Horses

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Vote on this years horses at these locations and dates

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horse hair hitchingGold Buckle Champion, is kicking off our 2nd annual Western Heritage Art Project on April 2nd at Karcher Mall in Nampa, ID. This year’s kickoff will feature several artists doing demonstrations of art forms that helped shape our Western Heritage. Braiding, leather tooling, silverwork, and cowboy poetry, just to name a few.
Demonstrations of their crafts will be presented from 1:00 to 5:00 on Saturday, April 2nd  at Gold Buckle Champion, Suite 1234, across from JoAnn Fabrics.
This is the precursor to our Western Heritage Art project where student artists from Treasure Valley School districts are invited to submit their best works to be chosen for exhibition in an art show during the summer 2016. Gold Buckle Champion is a non-profit organization whose mission is to further the education of equine health and safety while preserving our western heritage and history by means of promoting equine events incorporating the youth and community.
Gold Buckle Champion continues the tradition of our Western Heritage by teaching and guiding our children. Our focus is on developing the creativity in our children through our art program, Art of Building a Community. Studies show that there is a correlation between art and other academic achievements. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day, three days a week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair, or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.
If you, or anyone you know is interested in demonstrating an art form, or would like to enter the contest, please contact us.
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Thank you to everyone who came to make our grand opening at Karcher Mall so successful!
A special thanks to Councilwoman Sandi Levi and Nampa Chamber's Debbie Kling and Steve Weston. Your kind words and encouragement will help us succeed in bringing more to our community.
If you missed the grand opening and unveiling of Robin Cox's newest piece of Shelly Wilcox and Goose, "Stampede Prayers",  come by to see it while it is still on display!

Stampede Prayers

Stampede Prayers

We had a special drawing for prints from our volunteering artists; Lisa Bower, Robin Cox, and Angela Stout, and a free art class.
Congratulations! The winners of the drawing are:

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Grand Opening Karcher Mall

Amazing Artists

Lisa Bower - Robin Cox - Angela Stout

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Coffee and Coloring Book Pages.
Come by for a couple hours of learning how to bring your coloring book pages to life using coloring pencils.  Did you receive a coloring book for Christmas? Want some ideas on blending and highlighting for beautiful effects?
Bring your own coloring book, pages, coloring pencils or we'll provide supplies for you to use!
Two hours of working on your coloring page can be very relaxing. You can meet new friends who share your interest and hopefully... Have fun!
Water and coffee will be provided.  You can preview some of Robins work at her website.

Thank you Tammy Scardino for this great interview for Channel 6 and Fox 9
We have officially moved back into Karcher Mall and will offer many opportunities for you to come and learn new techniques in painting and community programs.
October 17th is our awards ceremony for the Western Heritage Art program for 2015.  It is in the lobby of Karcher Mall, starting at 11 am.
Bring your own pumpkin and come down to our store location in the Mall and paint it for our 1st event of the 2015-2016 season at Peterson's Stampede Dodge Trunk or Treat event, October 24th from 1-4 pm
Prizes for the top 3 pumpkins in 3 age groups.   You can find more information HERE.
We will post our Mall hours after our group meeting this week.  Check back often to keep updated.
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