Let ’er Buck this Summer
You don’t have to rope or ride to appreciate Oregon’s rodeos. Bucking broncos, wild bulls, barrel racing and calf roping — think of it as the West’s first extreme sports venue. Release your inner cowgirl or cowboy this summer with one of Oregon’s high-energy rodeos.
The 72nd annual Sisters Rodeo takes place June 8-10 in the little Central Oregon town of the same name. Sisters draws world-class competitors for bull riding, team roping, steer wrestling and Xtreme Bulls — the only officially sanctioned bull riding tour of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). In nearby Prineville, the Crooked River Roundup rolls out June 22-24, to be followed by the Crooked River Horse Races July 11-14.
Head to the Willamette Valley for the 99th annual Molalla Buckeroo PRCA Rodeo, July 3-6, for bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding and more, plus nightly fireworks and music. Now in its 77th year, the St. Paul Rodeo takes place on July 3-7 nearby with a host of exciting activities.
Fort Dalles Days Pro Rodeo gets hopping July 19-21 in The Dalles with a full roster of rodeo events, a parade and nightly entertainment. The Coos County Fair and Rodeo celebrates 100 years July 24-28 in Myrtle Point with bulls, barrels, team roping and lots of fun kids events.
Head east for Chief Joseph Days, July 25-28, which starts with the Bucking Horse Stampede through downtown Joseph and includes a traditional Indian dance competition among other exciting events. And on Sept. 12-15 is the big daddy of them all, the Pendleton Roundup. As one of the 10 largest rodeos in the world with more than 100 years of tradition, need we say more?
It’s time to stirrup some Western fun!
About the Author: Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.