The highlight of the Cortland Country Music Park is the New York State Country Music
Hall of Fame, the original reason for the Cortland Country Music Park.
When you visit the New York State Country Music Hall of Fame, from the outside it is
deceiving. As you enter the inside your breath is taken away by the array of memorabilia
from the many Nashville and local entertainers. For instance, Jack Greene's suit, Kenny
Rogers' famous white suit, Jeannie C. Riley's dress and Tammy Wynette's $10,000
sequined dress. See the walls of plaques of persons inducted into the Hall of Fame and the
Hall of Honor. Also see the, one of a kind, pictures from over the last 30 years and of
course the memorabilia from our local musicians.
A special dinner dance is presented on the last Sunday in October each year to induct
qualified persons into the Hall of Honor; to induct 3 new people into the Hall of Fame and
to present the Horizon Award and Lifetime Achievement Award.
To be inducted into the Hall of Fame, you must first be put into the Hall of Honor. All
nominees for the Hall of Fame are picked from the Hall of Honor. To be eligible for the
Hall of Honor you must have been born or living in New York State and must have been
playing Country Music for at least 10 years. If you meet these qualifications or know
someone that does, you can send a resume to:
Cortland, N.Y. 13045
Attn: Merle Matts Hall of Fame Director