Pendleton Round-Up

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Pendleton Round-Up
RodeoWrestler.jpg
Calf roping participant in 2004
Genrerodeo
BeginsSeptember
Frequencyannual
Location(s)Pendleton, Oregon, U.S.
Years active103
Inaugurated1914
Attendance50,000
Website
pendletonroundup.com
 
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Pendleton Round-Up
RodeoWrestler.jpg
Calf roping participant in 2004
Genrerodeo
BeginsSeptember
Frequencyannual
Location(s)Pendleton, Oregon, U.S.
Years active103
Inaugurated1914
Attendance50,000
Website
pendletonroundup.com
PendletonRound-Up is located in Oregon
Pendleton
Round-Up
location in northeastern Oregon

The Pendleton Round-Up is a major annual rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon, United States. Held during the second full week of September each year since 1910, the rodeo brings roughly 50,000 people every year to the city of Pendleton.[1] The Pendleton Round-Up is a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).

The Round-Up was incorporated as a non-profit organization July 29, 1910, as the "Northwestern Frontier Exhibition Association."[2] The rodeo was primarily a creation of local ranchers led by Herman Rosenberg.

A 1915 photograph by Walter S. Bowman of Bonnie McCarroll being thrown from a horse named Silver at the Pendleton Round-Up (The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame)

Bronc rider Bonnie McCarroll (1897–1929) died in a rodeo accident at Pendleton. The PRCA, formed in 1936, initially scheduled no events for women as a result of her death.[3]

Events[edit]

There are ten events in which cowboys (and girls in Barrel Racing) from all over the United States and Canada compete:

Round-Up week[edit]

Every Round-Up week begins with the Dress Up Parade, on the Saturday before the rodeo, in which different groups throughout Eastern Oregon, including Boy and Girl Scouts, Pendleton High School Band, the Children's Rodeo, and many local businesses, build floats and compete for 1st place.

"Indian War Dancers" at the 1911 Round-Up

Friday of Round-Up week is the Westward Ho! parade, in which every entrant must be in a non-motorized vehicle, most of which are authentic covered wagons and horse-drawn buggies, though some choose to ride horseback or walk.

The Monday and Tuesday before the rodeo begins the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) come and compete in the Happy Canyon Arena.

Wednesday is when both Round-Up and Happy Canyon begin.

Grand entry[edit]

Part of the 2004 Grand Entry parade

The rodeo starts with an extreme run in on horseback of flag bearers; the Flag of the United States, the Flag of Oregon, the Flag of Canada, and the flag of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, then the Round-Up Queen and her court run in on their horses at full speed, make two jumps and stop just before the fence in front of the south grandstand.

Personnel[edit]

The current announcer of the Pendleton Round-Up is Wayne Brooks, while the bullfighters are Joe Baumgartner, Lloyd Ketchum, and Keith Isley all with numerous accolades.

Grand Final Review[edit]

Panorama of the Grand Final Review at the 1911 Round-Up

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frazier, Joseph B. (September 12, 2004). "The buckaroos stop here". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2006-12-02. 
  2. ^ "The History of the Pendleton Roundup". Pendleton Round-Up. Archived from the original on 2006-10-18. Retrieved 2006-11-02. 
  3. ^ Exhibit at Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, Texas

External links[edit]

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Coordinates: 45°40′N 118°48′W / 45.67°N 118.80°W / 45.67; -118.80